House on Haunted Hill/Return to House on Haunted Hill (DVD)

  • SKU: 6750539
  • Release Date: 09/15/2009
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (13 out of 14)

Synopsis


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, Rovi

Return to House on Haunted Hill
When the lone survivor of the original excursion to The House on Haunted Hill dies under suspicious circumstances, her sister returns to the foreboding mansion to solve the mystery of her sibling's death in the feature directorial debut of former make-up special effects artist Victor Garcia (Hellboy). Back in 1931, malevolent doctor Richard Vannacut and his entire staff at the hilltop asylum were killed when the patients revolted and set the institution ablaze. Ever since then, rumors have persisted that the spirits of those consumed in the inferno still haunt the hospital. Those rumors seemed to be confirmed when, in 1999, billionaire Steven H. Price and his guests were viciously slaughtered in the refurbished mansion. Though the authorities officially blamed Price himself for the gruesome massacre, survivor Sarah Wolfe insists that there was indeed a supernatural element at play. Now, eight years have passed since that fateful night, and Sarah's sister Ariel - a successful editor at a popular men's fashion magazine - has just received word that Sarah has committed suicide. Immediately sensing foul play, Ariel's suspicions are confirmed when a strange book arrives in the mail shortly thereafter. Sent by Sarah just before she died, the book proves to be Vannacut's personal diary. According to the diary, which Ariel manages to translate with a little help from archeologist Richard Hammer, an ancient Baphomet idol is hidden somewhere deep within the sprawling estate. In her last days, Sarah had become convinced that the idol was the source of the house's evil. Richard, too, shares this belief, and with the help of graduate students Michelle and Kyle he is determined to find the idol. But Ariel isn't about to go on a ghost hunt in the same mansion where so may atrocities have occurred, at least not until she is kidnapped by Desmond Niles and his vicious band of mercenaries. They too seek the Baphomet idol, and they too will soon discover why few people who venture into the former asylum ever come out alive. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi, Rovi



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great horror For its time!

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    Reaper910

    House on Haunted Hill was a great movie for its time. Still not many horrors come close to this one. Retun to \House on Haunted Hill on the other hand was not so good. They decided to take the history aspect of the asylem and go off on a complely different direction. I did not care so much for that, but was still watchable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Two movies for the price of one really

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    Moviebuff1000
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    I really like scary movies and these two are more of the thriller genre. Both are equally good B movies with actors that make it a great watch. Worth the price

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    First one is a classic

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    Pudge
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    The first House on Haunted Hill is one of the best horror remakes of the last 20 years. The straight to video sequel isnt as good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Old B Grade

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    maluhia
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    Forgot about this double feature. OK rainy day movie, but not scary enough. More of a blood/gore movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The 90s remake is worth it.

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    SaintNik
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    I love the 90s version of HOHH. The sequel is alright, nothing special. Worth $5 for the set though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent

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    Bears85
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    The 2nd one was better then I thought but honest truth it was the original one I was after.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Slashers

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    Catbast
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    I didn't find these anywhere near as good as the original, they are just "slasher" flicks!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    These movies are OK

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    Chulo
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    You seen one average horror movie you seen them all and these 2 horror movie are the same.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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