House on Haunted Hill

October 29th, 1999


House on Haunted Hill

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

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 5.3/10 (27,920 voted)

Critic's Score: 28/100

Director: William Malone

Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, Taye Diggs

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.

Writers: Robb White, Dick Beebe

Geoffrey Rush - Stephen H. Price
Famke Janssen - Evelyn Stockard-Price
Taye Diggs - Eddie Baker
Peter Gallagher - Donald W. Blackburn, M.D.
Chris Kattan - Watson Pritchett
Ali Larter - Sara Wolfe
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras - Melissa Margaret Marr (as Bridgette Wilson)
Max Perlich - Carl Schecter
Jeffrey Combs - Dr. Richard Benjamin Vannacutt
Dick Beebe - Male Nurse
Slavitza Jovan - Twisted Nurse
Lisa Loeb - Channel 3 Reporter
James Marsters - Channel 3 Cameraman
Jeannette Lewis - Price's Secretary
Janet Tracy Keijser - Girl on Wires

Taglines: Evil Loves To Party.


Official Website: Warner Bros. | Warner Bros. (alternate) |

Release Date: 29 October 1999

Filming Locations: Griffith Park - 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $15,946,032 (USA) (31 October 1999) (2710 Screens)

Gross: $40,846,082 (USA) (16 January 2000)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Spain:

Did You Know?

William Malone got the idea to set the movie in a former insane asylum when he was filming an episode of Tales from the Crypt in a former asylum and noticed that crew members were running scared out of the basement, not wanting to film there.

Boom mic visible: When Taye Diggs and Ali Larter walk into the Zoetrope room, the mic is visible at the top right of the screen, peeking out from behind the zoetrope tank. Diggs' flashlight shines right on it at one point.

Watson Pritchett: Sorry to interrupt. God dammit, you give me my god damn check right now! 'Cuz I want it! So you give it! Now! I'm serious.

User Review

Despite a weak ending this is a surprisingly creepy Hollywood horror


Rich but eccentric millionaire Steven Price is looking for the ultimate scares. He invites a group of people to spend the night in the former Vannacutt Psychiatric Institute for the Criminally Insane – where the inmates revolved in a orgy of violence against the cruel regime of Dr Vannacutt. The one who does spend the night will get $1million dollars. However it soon becomes evident that not all the scares are set up by Price himself.

This remake of the old 1958 movie sees the plot expanded and made a lot more creepy and enjoyable. In fact the end point of the original is only the halfway mark of this one. The plot may not be imaginative but the delivery is very good for this type of film. I'm not a big fan of horror or this type of Hollywood slasher movie as I find them too obvious and not scary. However here the gore is well used and the general creepy mood wins the film. The movement of the deceased Dr Vannacutt is very creepy and is much better than some of the gore.

Sadly the final 20 minutes feels it needs to reveal a bigger evil and the secrets of the house are brought to life in boom of CGI beasties. At this point it reverts to form and because just another Hollywood creature feature and it is a bit of a let down. However up to this point it works very well and it's real creepy.

The cast are all pretty good and do `camp' when necessary but don't take away from the terror that's coming later. Rush plays nicely to the camp in his homage to Price's role in the original. Jensen, Diggs, Gallagher and Kattan all do well and the cast do better than the scream queens that usual inhabit these films.

Overall the film starts like any other Hollywood horror but the clever direction, creepy music and imaginative visuals of Dr Vannacutt all create a creepy feel to the film that is better than the gore that also comes. The final section slides back into standard fare with the old CGI evil coming to get us – but up till then it's surprisingly good stuff.


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