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House on Haunted Hill

3.4 out of 5 stars 221 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Geoffrey Rush, Taye Diggs
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: April 18 2000
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 221 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00003CWRF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,460 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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When an eccentric millionaire offer a group of opposites $1,000,000 to spend the night in a so called "Haunted House" with a murderous past, they figure it is a quick way to get quick money and leave. All of them are sure it is some made up story just to mess with their heads a little and test their courage. But, once they stay in the house they start to think about the mistake they made in coming there when mysterious things start to happen.

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House on Haunted Hill is one of the new breed of waste-no-time thrill machines, like Deep Blue Sea, and a particularly effective example at that. The plot is pure contrivance: For a party stunt, a wealthy amusement-park manufacturer (Geoffrey Rush) offers five people a million dollars if they spend the night in a former insane asylum where the patients murdered the sadistic staff. But it turns out the five people who arrive aren't the five he invited--did his wife (Famke Janssen), who hates him, make the switch? From there events unfold with a smart combination of human and supernatural machinations; spooky jolts are dispensed at regular, but not entirely predictable, intervals. The visual effects owe a considerable debt to Jacob's Ladder, a much more ambitious movie; House on Haunted Hill just wants to get under your skin, and succeeds more than you'd expect. Rush is his entertainingly hammy self; Janssen, Taye Diggs, Ali Larter, and Bridgette Wilson are attractive and reasonably straight-faced about it all; and Chris Kattan is genuinely funny as the house's neurotic owner. Some elements of the plot seem to have been lost in the editing process, but it hardly matters. More bothersome is that the scares go flat when computer effects take over at the end--the digital images just aren't as creepy as the more suggestive stuff that came before. But that's just the very end; most of the movie has a lot of momentum. Watch until the end of the credits for a final bit of eeriness. --Bret Fetzer

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Several young, photogenic individuals are invited to attend a party by an eccentric millionaire (Geoffrey Rush) at an isolated location high up in the hills inside an imposing structure. The guests are informed by their host that if they spend the entire night inside the house they will each be awarded $1 million. Sounds easy enought but the guests are not aware of the house's violent history. Decades prior, it was an insane asylum where violent murders were committed just before the entire place burnt down. Presently, it appears to be haunted by the ghosts of the murderous resident lunatics that are out for vengeange.

"House on Haunted Hill" is a remake of the Vincent Price 1959's thriller. Both share a similiar story but they couldn't be further apart in regards to content, characters and overall tone. I will frankly admit that although the 90's remake is far from perfect, it still manages to entertain as long as it's not taken seriously. There there are several scenes that are genuinely chilling and the film is violent. The gore alone is reason enough to recommend it, especially to those who have been complaining about the tame, un-scary "PG/PG-13" rated fright films released during the last decade and a half. The film also offers some really unsympathic characters, the kind you want to see get butchered and cut-up by the lurking, homicidal poltergeists. The incredibly over-the-top performances also raises this film's entertainment value. The fine cast, most notably Geoffrey Rush, Chris Kattan and Famke Janssen, make the most of their shallow, annoying, obnoxious characters.

This feature was released the same year as "The Haunting".
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i thought it was outstanding.it was well made,had dark humour, and
great dialogue.plus there are more than a few twists and turns to keep
you guessing.the tension is high throughout and there's plenty of gore
for all you gore hounds.there is some nudity and some strong
language,but i think it was appropriate for the movie.for me,it added
some realism and authenticity.there are some good actors in this
one,all putting in good performances.i thought the CGI was good
enough.but honestly,i was more focused on the story,which i thought was
really good.the whole movie has a haunting air pretty much from the get
go,and i thought the opening credits were superb in setting the
mood.plus i liked the ironic ending.overall,i thought this was a fun
movie.i couldn't find anything wrong with it.for me,House on Haunted
Hill is a 5/5
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No..that's not the original quote, but it works too. I really liked this movie for some reason. Granted, some of the gadgets that they showed that Dr. Vannacutt used to torture his patients scared the living daylights outta me, but hey, that's what a horror movie is all about.
I saw it this morning, by myself, right in there in front of our bigscreened TV, and I'm planning to see it again on TV tonight. Yes, I liked it that much. All the cast and crew did a fantastic job, and I applaude them for it. I've never seen the original, but I highly doubt it would be anything like this.
Before I wrote this, I read some of other people's reviews, most of which said this movie was a bust. Come on, people it wasn't that bad, and it certainly wasn't a bust. In order for a movie to completely suck (To me at least), it has to be along the same lines as "Babe: Pig in the City", now THAT movie sucks.
Just give it a try. Watch it on TV sometime. It's probably on somewhere at some time or another. And if you don't like it, at least you didn't pay money to rent it.
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For starters, I found this movie to be .. less scary than a salt shaker. (Which, in its own right, is frightening compared to this movie.) I did, however, enjoy the acting of Famke Janssen (Evelyn) and Taye Diggs (Eddie) and am very very pleased that the "token" black man in this horror flick was not at all the "token". I won't spoil the ending, but I'm pleased that this occurred. Geoffrey Rush as Mr. Price was fun in some scenes, but I think I enjoyed him much more as the dry and witty Marquis de Sade in "Quills".
Acting aside, however, which was horrendous enough on its own, the plot was intricate enough. I have a huge proclivity for films that have characters with god complexes. It seems to make the movie a double-movie, which is always ironic. It was Hollywood to a T, however, and the only scares were in the imagery, in the cinematography. One scene with a woman video-camera-ing an empty gurney sees it through the screen as filled with doctors and a patient .. when the doctor turns to stare at her, that was delicious. The roller-coaster at the beginning was also unexpected and fun.
I'd like, however, to see the original film, as most Hollywood revivals of older horror (that favour atmosphere and acting over SFX) seem to cater to a specific audience. This was, however, a fun movie.
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I have to admit something here; I don't watch horror movies regularly. That's for a couple different reasons. First, I think the genre has over-gored itself into mindless predictability. Second, it seems tougher and tougher to come up with a truly scary plot that American audiences haven't seen yet. Third, the characters are always beautiful and stupid and get themselves into trouble. Herein lies the problem with 'House On Haunted Hill', yet at the same time, I found myself fast-forwarding and rewinding to see the parts I thought were truly captivating.
To start off with, the beginning, where the Dr. Richard Bejamin Vannacut's hideous experiment is interrupted permanently by revolting lunatics, was one I kept coming back to. Don't ask me why. The phony newsreel afterwards kept me interested, especially the film of the massacre. But the story receded into boring predictability until the five characters--Chris Kattan, Taye Diggs, Ali Larter, Brigette Wilson and Famke Janssen, among others--stupidly go looking for the master switch for the lockdown device that caused all the deaths in the 1931 massacre and fire. In the BASEMENT. In a horror film, you NEVER go in the basement, but these idiots went and did it anyway.
Okay, I can live with that. The basement set is EXCELLENT. It's everything you'd expect an abandoned state mental facility to look like after nearly 70 years of neglect. There are all kinds of old wheechairs, crutches, gurneys, funky doors with paint peeling off--the queen is the electroshock room with its electrical buzz and lots of big switches and antique, esoteric machinery. One side note here--if there was a fire and everything burned, where's the smoke damage? More importantly, why is there equipment everywhere if the whole place went up in smoke? Minor point, I guess.
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