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The Haunting (1999)

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17

Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 75

Sophisticated visual effects fail to offset awkward performances and an uneven script.

13

Average Rating: 3.1/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 21

Sophisticated visual effects fail to offset awkward performances and an uneven script.

audience

28

liked it
Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 127,465

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Movie Info

In the 1860's, industrialist Hugh Crain financed the construction of Hill House, a beautiful but forbidding mansion where Crain hoped to house a wife and children. However, Crain died an unexplained death at Hill House, and ever since tales have circulated that the mansion is haunted by evil spirits. 130 years later, Dr. David Marrow (Liam Neeson), long fascinated by the Hill House legend, brings three people there for what he tells them will be a study in sleep disorders. Theo (Catherine

PG-13,

Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Nov 23, 1999

DreamWorks SKG

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All Critics (112) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (75) | DVD (28)

An overpriced mess!

January 1, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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To my surprise, I find myself recommending The Haunting on the basis of its locations, its sets, its art direction, its sound design, and the overall splendor of its visuals.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (5)
Chicago Sun-Times
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If you crave horror, you're better off seeing The Blair Witch Project a second or third.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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In The Haunting, the moviemakers succeed in something very difficult: creating a haunted house with real personality and terror.

January 1, 2000 | Comment (1)
Chicago Tribune
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The bombastic overkill that helped make De Bont's Speed 2 the most disappointing sequel of the decade is in full bloom here.

February 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Unfortunately, the film's sets and special effects overwhelm its plot and cast.

August 13, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

High-tech remake is dumb and overblown.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

When you're not yawning at the digital ghosts, you're watching a cast of fine actors dogpaddling in cliches and terrible dialogue.

September 17, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

...testament to the fact that well enough should be left alone.

April 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Doesn't try to spook you as much as it tries to browbeat you into a defeated, whimpering submission.

March 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

A psychologically apt thriller with the message that love is the only true antidote to fear.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

I wouldn't waste more than the price of a video rental on this one.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

It is missing the coherent story, credible characters and literate dialogue that can make any film, no matter how outlandish the dramatic circumstances, involving.

January 1, 2000
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Not very scary.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Although The Haunting gets funnier, dumber, and less suspenseful as it goes on, it never loses the power to frighten, because it never had it.

January 1, 2000
Citysearch

Most of the blame for this butchery goes to De Bont, who shows less interest in relating a simple haunted-house story than in engineering a theme-park ride of pure overkill.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

You can spend millions instead of thousands on a production, and still have nothing more than a B-movie.

January 1, 2000
MSNBC

Audience Reviews for The Haunting

It's not the first one, that's true. It's a different take on a similar story. A certain scientist wants to do a study, an experiment. He gathers a team together and they meet at this mysterious mansion in upstate New York, all very similar to the first movie, an undeniable classic. But then the night comes. The dark ... and then ... and then, well, there are some chills here too. Different. But chills. In the night. In the dark.
March 12, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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Somewhat decent remake of the same name, The Haunting lacks the terrifying atmosphere of the original film, and instead relies more on special effects. The result is an entertaining film that isn't too memorable. The film is worth seeing, but compared to the original, it doesn't even come close. The film is what I'd call a decent popcorn horror flick. The film isn't memorable in anyways, but it does manage to be a mindless fun horror flick But like every other remake, this film suffers limitations and the full potential isn't realized. The cast are decent, and the plot is not too bad. However this is the type of film only worth watching once. Liam Neeson is the best actor here, and he really does make this film worth seeing. The film relies more on special effects this around to create its horror, but it lacks anything truly terrifying. The problem with films that rely on special effects, is that they become almost exclusively reliant on that to create tension, thus there is no need to truly build a harrowing, terrifying atmosphere. This film, like every other remake, lacks the power of the original film. There are some shocks to be had here and there, but for the most part, there's something missing to really make this a worthy remake. Overall, a fun but forgettable film, it has style, mediocre substance, but in the end it's enjoyable if you're looking for a horror flick that is more special effects oriented than atmosphere oriented; this is the film for you. The film ranges from decent to mediocre, never anything good or remarkable. This is the type of film that is meant for an audience that doesn't want old school traditional horror to their horror experience.
March 8, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Didn't feel scared at all, even as a 10 year old when it was released. Poor effects and poor acting, FAIL.
October 2, 2011
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

At first, I thought this was going to be really good (sleepless nights, if you know what I mean). I'm not saying that this wasn't good. But it wasn't the best either. Owen Wilson's death (sorry for spoiling, if you haven't watch it) was unnecessary. It was like making the movie more scary (but I thought it was a pointless attempt). Anyway, it became boring and weird in the end. Don't recommend you to watch.
May 18, 2011
3niR
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