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House on Haunted Hill (1999)


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 56
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 41

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

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 13
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 10

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


Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 89,031



Movie Info

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, … More

R (adult situations/language, sex)
Mystery & Suspense , Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
Dick Beebe
In Theaters:
Apr 18, 2000
Warner Home Video - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for House on Haunted Hill

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (41) | DVD (24)

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

As in The Haunting, they eventually surrender characters and story to computer-generated spectacle, squandering any creepy immediacy and trampling the human element.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A bloody mess.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Paints its characters in strokes so broad just one would cover a barn, and, in the end, indulges in lame, dull digital effects that would put a 5-year-old to sleep.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Directed with a nimble, savvy touch.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

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

House on Haunted Hill isn't a great movie. It is, however, a good deal of gory fun.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Drained of any wild, spontaneous spark.

Full Review… | November 29, 2009

It's a cheesy throwaway horror flick, but it's a tight cheesy throwaway horror flick.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007

[It's] one of the great underrated horror flicks of the last decade. Yes, really.

Full Review… | February 17, 2005

Quarts of shiny blood are splashed around and numerous moans and groans pepper the soundtrack, but astonishingly, the movie never manages to provoke so much as a shudder.

Full Review… | July 2, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

...An excellent show of digi-graphics. But it is seldom scary.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

There's a great deal of general creepiness, but the enterprise is undercut by a weak script, weak characters, and a too simple plot.

Full Review… | December 8, 2002
Film Threat

The mix of laughs, shocks and gruesomeness is much the same as in the two Tales from the Crypt movies, but Malone coaxes a slightly fresher flavour, taking on board the influence of David Fincher and even Lars von Trier.

Full Review… | December 2, 2002
Sight and Sound

All the visual bravura doesn't fill in the gaping plot holes or generate any real frights.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

It won't exercise your grey matter, but it may well give your inner child pause for thought

Full Review… | September 15, 2001

This is almost a green light. If you considered yourself a connoisseur of horror films, you'll be disappointed. If you are easily scared then you will love it.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
3BlackChicks Review

If Geoffrey Rush has any sense, he's sitting in his kitchen right now with a stack of his press materials and a bottle of correction fluid

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

The scariest images are lifted directly from Jacob's Ladder and Ghost Story.

January 1, 2000
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The House On Haunted Hill is a meandering mess of stuck-together scare tactics, none of which works.

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

...too many special effects; not enough suspense or frights.

January 1, 2000
Movie Metropolis

Trading genuine chills for cheesy computer-generated effects, this House should have been condemned.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
E! Online

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.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

I watched this in the theater with my bf. He asked me whether I'll be okay or not as this was a ghost movie. I acted brave but got scared while watching this. I must say this seemed very scary when watching this in the theater. But after coming to home, I felt really stupid. Was this entertaining? Well I enjoyed this as I could hide my face on my bf's shoulder (which I enjoyed a lot ). But is it worth watching? Not really. It's kinda pointless if you ask me. I haven't watch the original one so can't say whether it's slightly better or not.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

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