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House On Haunted Hill [DVD] [1999]

  • SKU: 6769219
  • Release Date: 08/10/2010
  • Rating: R

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    67% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 6)

    Special Features

    • Commentary by director William Malone
    • Additional scenes
    • Mansion full of making-of featurettes
    • Filmographies
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Enhanced features for your DVD-ROM PC
    • Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)


    House on Haunted Hill
    In this remake of William Castle's campy 1958 classic, an eccentric millionaire named Steven Price invites a diverse group of people to a reputedly haunted mansion that was formerly the site of an insane asylum. Steven offers his guests $1,000,000 each if they can spend the entire night at the old house without fleeing in terror. It sounds simple enough, but when those stories about ghosts haunting the mansion turn out to be true, the guests may no longer opt to stick around. In this version, Steven is played by Geoffrey Rush, and his guests include Jeffrey Combs, Taye Diggs, Peter Gallagher, Chris Kattan, and Bridgette Wilson; Famke Janssen plays Evelyn Price. Sadly, this remake does not feature the original's memorable special-effects gimmick, "Emergo," an inflatable plastic skeleton that rolled on wires through the theater during showings. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Geoffrey Rush
      Geoffrey Rush - Steven Price
    • Famke Janssen
      Famke Janssen - Evelyn Price
    • Taye Diggs
      Taye Diggs - Eddie
    • Peter Gallagher
      Peter Gallagher - Dr. Blackburn
    • Chris Kattan
      Chris Kattan - Watson Prichett

    Customer rating

    Rating 3.3 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      See the original


      The remake of House on Haunted Hill starts promisingly enough with the introduction of Geoffrey Rush's character, Price (named after the star of the original film, the indelible Vincent Price). However, once the characters get to the haunted insane asylum and the film begins proper, everything starts to go down hill (no pun intended). The story is convoluted at best, and sometimes feels like the writer was just making it up as he went along. The production design is eerie, owing much to the stop motion animators The Brothers Quay. There were certain design elements and sets in this film that seemed all but lifted from a few of their short films. But if you're going to steal, steal from the best I guess. The acting performances are actually pretty fun. They're very tongue in cheek and always played with a wink and a nod at the audience. Although perhaps being one of the films stronger points, it also proves to be a major chink in the films armor. The reason is that the performances are played strictly for camp, whereas the rest of the film are played as straightforward horror, and there's a major tonal inconsistency here that doesn't work in the films favor. The original film played everything for camp, presenting a good old fashioned haunted house horror movie. I wish this film did more of that with its horror elements. Speaking of the horror elements, perhaps the most detrimental fault of the movie is that it just isn't that scary. It has some creepy images and a few scenes have a nice surreal to feel them, but somehow they don't add up to much of a scary whole. More often than not I was thinking "oh, that's a cool image, even though I've seen it already in this other movie." Some of the individual scenes are kind of cool, but they don't add up to anything all that spectacular. By the end of the film, it has become completely bogged down in unconvincing CGI and convoluted plot points, as seems to be common among the majority of horror remakes. When the movie I was over, I just wanted to watch the original again. Besides for a few good elements to the film, I would suggest skipping this one and going straight to the original.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Bloody 90's Horror

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Much respect to Vincent Price and his original, if you haven't caught that I suggest you do however there's no need as this one jumps right into it's own remake story. The remake story isn't as bad as recent movies however there are some dated references which take you out of the immersion. The Marilyn Manson intro music in the intro sets the mood and the backstory portion really are some of the highlights. Also I found this movie a lot creepier before you actually see the evil that inhabits the house, once you see it you kind of just shrug. Also a shout out to Chris Kattan, he does pretty well in this movie and you totally buy into him and don't think of his SNL characters at any time. PS: Watch for a bonus after the credits roll, very nice touch!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very hard to find. I call it a treasure


      I love this movie. whenever it comes on late night cable. I always sta up to watch it. I love this movie. I can not find another copy but I will be ordering mine online. last time it wasn't available. I like a good horror film and this is it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Decent remake


      Good gore and some good spooks in this remake. I bought this and enjoyed it. The story is good and like I said there are some spooky jump out at you scenes as well as gore. Enjoy

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Great horror movie. Movie is in great condition and great service.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Ghost Flick, not very scary

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Average ghost flick, not up to the par of ghost ship or rose red or thirteen ghosts.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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