House on Haunted Hill (1999) Movie Review

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House on Haunted Hill (1999)

1999 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
93 minutes / 1h 33min

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House on Haunted Hill Plot Synopsis:

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.

House on Haunted Hill (1999) Review

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.

  • House on Haunted Hill Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 4.88
  • IMDB: 5.6
  • MetaCritic: 2.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 2.8

About House on Haunted Hill 1999

Title: House on Haunted Hill
Year: 1999
Runtime: 93 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.44/5 stars from 49,541 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 49,541
MPAA Rating: R
House on Haunted Hill Cast Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Greg Nicotero, Famke Janssen, Ali Larter, Geoffrey Rush, Ivana Milicevic, Marc Blucas, Peter Graves, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Taye Diggs, Chris Kattan, Slavitza Jovan, Lisa Loeb, Jeannette Lewis, Janet Tracy Keijser, Geneieve Leilyn, Sheila Lussier, Debi Mazar, Peter Gallagher, Frank Murgia, Carrie Lauren, Max Perlich, Dick Beebe, James Marsters
House on Haunted Hill Writers: Robb White, Dick Beebe
House on Haunted Hill Director: William Malone
Production: Warner Home Video
Language: English
Country: USA