Cold Creek Manor

September 19th, 2003


Cold Creek Manor

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Still of Stephen Dorff in Cold Creek Manor(From left to right) Dale (Stephen Dorff) comes to the aid of Jesse (Ryan Wilson), Leah (Sharon Stone), and Kristen (Kristen Stewart) when a large snake mysteriously appears in their swimming pool.Still of Sharon Stone, Kristen Stewart and Ryan Wilson in Cold Creek ManorStill of Sharon Stone in Cold Creek ManorMike Figgis in Cold Creek ManorStill of Dennis Quaid in Cold Creek Manor

A family relocates from the city to a dilapidated house in the country that was once a grand estate. As they begin to renovate the place they discover their new home harbors secrets, conceals a horrific past, and may not be free of the former inhabitants completely.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 4.8/10 (12,540 voted)

Critic's Score: 37/100

Director: Mike Figgis

Stars: Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Stephen Dorff

Wanting to escape city life for the countryside, New Yorkers Cooper Tilson (Quaid), his wife Leah (Stone) and their two children move into a dilapidated old mansion still filled with the possessions of the previous family. Turning it into their dream house soon becomes a living nightmare when the previous owner (Dorff) shows up, and a series of terrifying incidents lead them on a spine-tingling search for clues to the estate's dark and lurid past...

Dennis Quaid - Cooper Tilson
Sharon Stone - Leah Tilson
Stephen Dorff - Dale Massie
Juliette Lewis - Ruby
Kristen Stewart - Kristen Tilson
Ryan Wilson - Jesse Tilson
Dana Eskelson - Sheriff Ferguson
Christopher Plummer - Mr. Massie
Simon Reynolds - Ray Pinski
Kathleen Duborg - Ellen Pinski
Paula Brancati - Stephanie Pinski
Aidan Devine - Skip Linton
Wayne Robson - Stan Holland
Jordan Pettle - Declan
Ray Paisley - Dink

Taglines: The perfect house hides the perfect crime.


Official Website: Terra [Spain] | UOL [Brazil] |

Release Date: 19 September 2003

Filming Locations: Ayr, Ontario, Canada

Opening Weekend: $8,190,574 (USA) (21 September 2003) (2035 Screens)

Gross: $21,384,035 (USA) (30 November 2003)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Christopher Plummer only spent two days on the set. He was shooting one day, each with Dennis Quaid and Stephen Dorff.

Boom mic visible: When the Tilson family is moving in the house, as the camera follows them inside the house you can see the shadow of the mic following as well.

Jesse Tilson: Hammerhead will bash your skull and send you to devils throat!

User Review

Cold Creaky Manor


Many audience members of this thriller were disappointed (mostly thanks to the misleading trailer for the film) because it lacked the supernatural element they thought would be present. They needn't have complained. The film is complete science fiction because not one character in the entire thing remotely behaves like a human being! Quaid and Stone play an NYC couple with high-end careers and two mouthy, spoiled kids who, after one of the children is nearly creamed by an SUV, decide to pack up and move to the country. They find a huge, dilapidated house that is exceedingly reasonable in price (this part of the movie has been done over and over in the cinema from "Burnt Offerings" to "The Watcher in the Woods" et al.) Before they have completely unloaded all the debris from the previous owner (who was foreclosed upon during a jail sentence for manslaughter), the owner (Dorff) shows up and begins to encroach on the desired peacefulness of the family. Quaid hires him to refurbish the swimming pool and before long, Dorff has decided to do almost anything to rid the house of the new owners. The rest of the film deals with the battle of wills between Quaid and his family and Dorff while Quaid seeks to find out why Dorff is so bent on driving them out. Even if Dorff got the family to leave, the property would still not be his legally and he is clearly in no position to buy it back, so even the basic premise of the story lacks solidity. That's the least of the problems, though. Throughout the film, everyone in it acts like a complete idiot. Quaid (in a surprisingly emasculated role, not that that's entirely a bad thing) makes so many stupid decisions at every turn. He does appear handsome and tan in the film, but his character is pretty dim. Stone overacts horrendously. Noted for her cool, chilly roles in films like "Sliver", "Intersection" and "Basic Instinct", here she is a hopelessly edgy bundle of nerves who squeals and screams every time anything unexpected happens like someone coming to the door or coming out of the water and having someone at the edge of the pool! This is apparently a lame attempt to have some "frightening" clips to stick in the trailer so that people wouldn't know that the film is actually a lengthy struggle between a family and a bum and not a haunted house chiller.

Dorff does succeed with the impossible. He creates a character who is unbalanced and threatening and vulgar, yet also sexy and even sympathetic to a point. His is the most interesting work in the film, though his character is pitifully underdeveloped. Other cast members include a well-cast Lewis as a sleazy, boozy tramp, Eskelson as the planet's most useless Sheriff and Plummer, who steals scenes lying down and nearly comatose, as Dorff's craggy, cruel father. Without question, one of the fall-down funniest scenes in the film is meant to be one of the scariest. Ridiculously, each member of the household comes into contact simultaneously with a different terrifying snake (at the precise same time!) They then proceed to bounce through the house like pinballs, screaming at everything and nothing and over emoting to the point of true hilarity as they encounter snake after snake. This scene alone guarantees the film a spot in bad movie heaven. Many other senseless and unintentionally funny moments happen during the "scary" parts. Another horrible aspect of the film is the annoying and inappropriate musical score which, amazingly, was written by the director! He undermines his own film's suspense and tension with such dreadfully bad (and badly timed) music cues. The film is unbelievably illogical and bad in more ways than there is time to detail, but it is watchable, especially if one is in the mood to laugh rather than cower.


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