House on Haunted Hill
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Top Customer Reviews
A terrifically creepy and nasty opening and the jolting modern day introduction set us up nicely. An able cast is brought to the haunted house where unspeakable things were done to mental patients who's revenge we witnessed at the outset. Geoffrey Rush is great, doing a nice oily tribute to the inimitable Vincent Price (of the 50's version of this story).
Great stuff follows with two plots unwinding simultaneously, the fake and the real "haunting". The images of the good "doctor" appearing in the camcorder and on the surveillance cameras was terrific. I wish the whole movie could have sustained the chills generated by the "just-glimpsed-then-gone" evil and the hackle-raising stare and smile of these apparitions. And, of course Geoffrey Rush's trip in the psychotic chamber is worth the price of admission alone.
Unfortunately, someone decided they could forego the sinister doctor and his minions and victims for a big CG finish that ISN'T scary and ISN'T creepy. And so the movie ends with a bang that is actually a whimper. Too bad, they were really on to something in the buildup prior to that. Could have been great.
But, the ending is only the ending, and the leadup to it has enough good stuff to make it worth a look.
The opening sequence takes place in the secluded Vannacutt Psychiatric Institution for the Criminally Insane, where Dr. Vannacutt's unethical experimentation on his patients leave nothing to the imagination. One night, the patients lead a bloody rebellion, trapping everyone in the asylum and setting it aflame, killing everyone inside; only a handful of the staff members survive. Scoot ahead to the present, where amusement park tycoon Steven Price is being haggled by his narcissistic wife to have her birthday party at the newly remodeled insitute, which has been converted into an expensive mansion. Sound like contrivance? It is, but hey, give it a break: it's a horror movie.
Price puts the finishing touches on his wife's guest list, but when everyone arrives at the mansion, they discover they were not the ones intended for the party. Husband and wife think that the other is responsible, while the guests, Eddie, Sara, Melissa, and Donald, are just as confused as to the reason for being invited to a total stranger's party at an even stranger location. Price explains to the group that if they stay in the house throughout the remainder of the night, they will receive $1,000,000 each, despite the repeated warnings of Pritchett, who is convinced the spirits of past inhabitants permeate the house.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Watched it once a long time ago, and could not forget the ending! Makes one think what one would do if they survived and was on this tall ledge with only one option, (or no... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ken
I enjoyed this for the most part. It suffers a bit from blockbuster-itis - too much ambition and not enough guts (figuratively - there actually is plenty of gore in this, but the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I watched this film just because the dvd was cheap in Korea. It was 2.50$ and the shipping was free with buying other dvds.
The result was disaster. Read more
Absolutely HILARIOUS!! Some of the images are difficult, but the entire movie is a satire on horror movies. Read morePublished 3 months ago by mystery maven
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