House on Haunted Hill

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March 22, 2016

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  • Starring: Famke Janssen, Geoffrey Rush
  • Summary: Decades after the Vannacutt Psychiatric Institute for the Criminally Insane was closed, five strangers are invited to spend a night there. Their reward is a million dollars each. All they have to do is stay alive. (Warner Bros.)

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  1. Trash, but always just a little creepier than you expect.

  2. Low-budget, high-camp.

  3. Mr. Showbiz

    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson

    Aims low and cheats on an ending, but meanwhile it's a bottom-shelf hoot.

  4. USA Today

    Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]

    Fun for less than 30 of the 80-minute running time.

  5. New York Post

    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick

    Slow-moving, yawn-inducing remake.

  6. Soon enough, it becomes clear how much this movie disrespects both the audience and the genre.

  7. TNT RoughCut

    Reviewed by: Todd Doogan

    Lucky for you, it won't cost a thing to get up and walk out at any point after the credits.

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  1. Mixed: 0 out of 9

  1. A fairly good Popcorn horror flick. It's no masterpiece and nowhere near as good as the original. On its own, it is highly entertaining withA fairly good Popcorn horror flick. It's no masterpiece and nowhere near as good as the original. On its own, it is highly entertaining with some masterful & memorable performances by Geoffrey Rush & Famke Janssen. A shame about the the ending as the CG effects are unconvincing and kind of ruin the flow of the narrative up to that point. Practical effects would have been far better in this instance as it worked really well for the rest of the film. Overall: A great movie to watch with a bowl of popcorn at home on a dark and stormy night. Expand
  2. The horrors of Haunted Hill might have worked for children, but sadly the true horror here is how ridiculous, rickety and perplexing the twistThe horrors of Haunted Hill might have worked for children, but sadly the true horror here is how ridiculous, rickety and perplexing the twist is, and despite the successful, seductive performance by Janssen, this gothic B-movie is a nauseating waste of time. Expand
  3. House on Haunted Hill is one of the dumbest thrillers from 1999. The movie intends it's thrills to be creepy and jolting but all the thrillsHouse on Haunted Hill is one of the dumbest thrillers from 1999. The movie intends it's thrills to be creepy and jolting but all the thrills fall flat. Even the acting form Janssen and Rush couldn't save this movie and they are outstanding actors. Both those actors were miscast in this movie though because they don't star in horror movies. Why they wanted to star in a horror movie, I'll never know why. The only reason I can imagine that they starred in this movie is that they were desperate for a check and had no projects at the time. Expand

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