House on Haunted Hill

1999

House on Haunted Hill

Critics Consensus

Unsophisticated and unoriginal film fails to produce scares.

30%

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42%

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In this remake of William Castle's campy 1958 classic, an eccentric millionaire named Steven Price invites a diverse group of people to a reputedly haunted mansion that was formerly the site of an insane asylum. Steven offers his guests $1,000,000 each if they can spend the entire night at the old house without fleeing in terror. It sounds simple enough, but when those stories about ghosts haunting the mansion turn out to be true, the guests may no longer opt to stick around. In this version, Steven is played by Geoffrey Rush, and his guests include Jeffrey Combs, Taye Diggs, Peter Gallagher, Chris Kattan, and Bridgette Wilson; Famke Janssen plays Evelyn Price. Sadly, this remake does not feature the original's memorable special-effects gimmick, "Emergo," an inflatable plastic skeleton that rolled on wires through the theater during showings.

Cast

Geoffrey Rush
as Steven Price
Ali Larter
as Sara Wolfe
Max Perlich
as Price's Assistant
Jeffrey Combs
as Richard Vannacutt
Dick Beebe
as Male Nurse
Slavitza Jovan
as Twisted Nurse
Lisa Loeb
as Channel 3 Reporter
James Marsters
as Channel 3 Cameraman
Jeannette Lewis
as Price's Secretary
Janet Tracy Keijser
as Girl on Wires
Peter Graves
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for House on Haunted Hill

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (43)

  • Consistently inert -- even though the fee for successful housesitting has been raised to a million bucks a night.

    Mar 19, 2002 | Rating: 1/4
  • Instead of thrill and chills, it's kills and spills.

    Jan 1, 2000
  • Directed with a nimble, savvy touch.

    Jan 1, 2000

    Tom Keogh

    Film.com
    Top Critic
  • House on Haunted Hill is a sorry reincarnation of the 1950s William Castle horror film.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Paints its characters in strokes so broad just one would cover a barn, and, in the end, indulges in lame, dull digital effects that would put a 5-year-old to sleep.

    Jan 1, 2000
  • As in The Haunting, they eventually surrender characters and story to computer-generated spectacle, squandering any creepy immediacy and trampling the human element.

    Jan 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for House on Haunted Hill

  • Nov 20, 2012
    Boring, Predictable, Not scary, Only good thing was the story, It could of been interesting if done right but it wasn't.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2012
    good for the first half then the special effects come out to ruin the party. rush is in ham zone and is no vincent price. sadly this film comes apart quickly
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2011
    The House on Haunted Hill remake is a decent remake of a classic film. The film has a decent enough cast and director William Malone crafts a chilling, gory ride with this remake. The remake is not bad for what it is, and I've seen worse. For a horror remake, it's quite decent and entertaining. The film isn't as bad as other remakes, but it lacks the power of the original of course. The film relies on the gore factor, and that's really the standout of the film. The film really doesn't offer anything that great, but is pretty gory. S, if you love gory horror films, then this film is for you. The cast are decent at best, with some questionable castings decisions such as Chris Kattan. This isn't an awful remake, but it's nowhere near the original. I very much enjoyed the original However; this is pretty decent, considering the amount of bad horror remakes that came in the years following this films release. The film like I said offers plenty of gore and will appeal to gore fans. However, in terms of good scares, like the original offered, this remake is fairly weak in offering good, effective scares. There are some tense moments here and there, but never anything really scary. This is a mildly entertaining film that offers a decent viewing experience for horror fans. However in the end, this is a forgettable horror film, and is a remake that like so many others doesn't live up to the original.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2011
    I just remember that this movie wasn't good. That's all.
    Eric A Super Reviewer

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