House on Haunted Hill (1999) Movie Review

House on Haunted Hill (1999)

1999 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
93 minutes /

User Score: 86/100


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House on Haunted Hill Review

Synopsis:

A millionaire offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.

House on Haunted Hill (1999) is a 1h 33-min Rated R American horror film and is a remake of the House on Haunted Hill (1959) which was directed by William Castle. House on Haunted Hill got all the right elements to make this movie entertaining. Director William Malone (Feardotcom (2002), Creature (1985), Scared to Death (1980)) did an excellent job executing this film. The special effects were impressive, fantastic set designs; the setting was perfect, and the special effects were spooky as the vengeful spirits start claiming lives while scaring the pants out of everyone else.

House on Haunted Hill revolves around a group of strangers who accepted a deal to receive $1 million each if they survive the night in an abandoned asylum name Vannacutt Psychiatric Institute for the Criminally Insane. The asylum closed in 1931 after the patients started a riot and an outbreak which lead to a lot of patients dying in the asylum. Stephen Price (Geoffrey Rush - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Shakespeare in Love (1998)) and his wife Evelyn devise a plan to invite some people to attend a party at the abandoned asylum. Evelyn (Famke Janssen - X-Men (2000), X-Men 2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), GoldenEye (1995)) and her husband welcomed in the five individuals, guess who showed up and who was not invited or on the invite list. They offer the five people one million dollars each if they can survive until morning.

The couple rigged the house with devices that were meant to scare the guests, but the asylum began to show the guests and couple how much more frightening it is. They have no choice but to spend the night regardless if they want to or not because the security gate is locked. The night did not go the way the couple planned it. The entire cast gave us compelling, convincing performances that made us feel their pain as they tried their best to save their lives. The movie was an incredible adventure that I embarked on and did not want to get off of as I want to see more and was beyond happy when I found out that there will be a sequel. I have to admit the third act could have been better and did not need to resort to CGI scares that look and feel fake. The movie overall was fun to watch especially in the dark with newbie horror fans.


About House on Haunted Hill (1999)

Title: House on Haunted Hill
Year: 1999
Runtime: 93 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Reviewer:
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 4.25/5 stars from 14 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 14
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Famke Janssen, Greg Nicotero, Ali Larter, Ivana Milicevic, Geoffrey Rush, Peter Graves, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Taye Diggs, Chris Kattan, Slavitza Jovan, Lisa Loeb, Marc Blucas, Geneieve Leilyn, Sheila Lussier, Debi Mazar, Frank Murgia, Peter Gallagher, Carrie Lauren, Max Perlich, Dick Beebe, James Marsters, Jeannette Lewis, Janet Tracy Keijser
Writers: Robb White, Dick Beebe
Director: William Malone

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