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House on Haunted Hill
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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 $1,000,000 each, despite the repeated warnings of Pritchett, who is convinced the spirits of past inhabitants permeate the house.Read more ›
But it quickly goes downhill. Geoffrey Rush and Famke Janssen have some sort of masochistic marriage thing going on that never really develops. The rest of the crew argues in alternating pairs every 60 seconds to get from action piece to action piece. And when the CGI arrives it's underwhelming. There seems to be about 5 sets in the whole film and it seems like we're taken from one to the next constantly. I haven't seen the original but it must have been better than this to warrant a remake. It's a passable way to spend Halloween but pales in comparison to really great horror movies.
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Poorly done remake of original movie. I give this movie a *3* star rating.Published 1 month ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
So remakes huh......House in Haunted Hill...... nope.......stick to the castle version.......dark castle ruins good schlock classics.Published 2 months ago by David M Grindstaff
Watched it once a long time ago, and could not forget the ending! Makes one think what one would do if they survived and was on this tall ledge with only one option, (or no... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ken
I watched this film just because the dvd was cheap in Korea. It was 2.50$ and the shipping was free with buying other dvds.
The result was disaster. Read more
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