House on Haunted Hill (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

House on Haunted Hill (1999)



Critic Consensus: Unsophisticated and unoriginal film fails to produce scares.

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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.more
Rating: R (for horror violence and gore, sexual images and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Robb White, Dick Beebe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 18, 2000
Warner Home Video - Official Site


Geoffrey Rush
as Steven Price
Ali Larter
as Sara Wolfe
Max Perlich
as Price's Assistant
Jeffrey Combs
as Richard Vannacutt
Slavitza Jovan
as Twisted Nurse
Lisa Loeb
as Channel 3 Reporter
James Marsters
as Channel 3 Cameraman
Jeannette Lewis
as Price's Secretary
Janet Tracy Keijser
as Girl on Wires
Peter Graves
as Himself
Dick Beebe
as Male Nurse
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Critic Reviews for House on Haunted Hill

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (17)

Consistently inert -- even though the fee for successful housesitting has been raised to a million bucks a night.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Instead of thrill and chills, it's kills and spills.

January 1, 2000
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Fails to deliver even one good 'boo!' moment.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Directed with a nimble, savvy touch.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

In our post-torture-porn era of gloom and doom, its ebullience feels like a breath of fresh air.

Full Review… | October 24, 2014

The climactic house-versus-humans scenes were so ludicrous that I half expected Kattan to revert to his Mr. Peepers persona from SNL and start battling the evil inkblot with spat-out chunks of apple.

Full Review… | February 5, 2014
Georgia Straight

Audience Reviews for House on Haunted Hill


The House on Haunted Hill remake is a decent remake of a classic film. The film has a decent enough cast and director William Malone crafts a chilling, gory ride with this remake. The remake is not bad for what it is, and I've seen worse. For a horror remake, it's quite decent and entertaining. The film isn't as bad as other remakes, but it lacks the power of the original of course. The film relies on the gore factor, and that's really the standout of the film. The film really doesn't offer anything that great, but is pretty gory. S, if you love gory horror films, then this film is for you. The cast are decent at best, with some questionable castings decisions such as Chris Kattan. This isn't an awful remake, but it's nowhere near the original. I very much enjoyed the original However; this is pretty decent, considering the amount of bad horror remakes that came in the years following this films release. The film like I said offers plenty of gore and will appeal to gore fans. However, in terms of good scares, like the original offered, this remake is fairly weak in offering good, effective scares. There are some tense moments here and there, but never anything really scary. This is a mildly entertaining film that offers a decent viewing experience for horror fans. However in the end, this is a forgettable horror film, and is a remake that like so many others doesn't live up to the original.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


I just remember that this movie wasn't good. That's all.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

One of those horror remakes where computer technology is subsituted for scare factor and one spends the length of the project thinking about how you would have done it better.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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