House on Haunted Hill Reviews
January 21, 2015
How dare you not the rate the gruesome dismemberings of an all-star cast certified fresh? You people were raised wrong.
December 2, 2014
Geoffrey Rush's Performance as Vincent Price as Steven Price is incredible, and any horror movie with Jeffrey Combs gets bonus points.
November 24, 2014
B- = Slightly Above Average
December 20, 2009
Oh no, where do I begin with this disaster? Taking the original setting and turning the whimsical mystery with no scare-factor into a real horror movie is a valid reason to do a remake. Although with this much divergence, it would be wise for them distance itself from the 1959 classic with a different name. This time the random guests have the challenge to say in a decommissioned asylum. The fact that a ghost of an evil doctor who performed horrible experiments on his patients is a scary concept. In a bad move, the selected focus is more on the cursed facility itself and not enough on the doctor's ghost. It is dripping with cheesy 90s scary teen movie clichés, in all the worst ways. Early to midway through the movie completely stops making sense, as a rigged spooky game turns into a real ghost story. Meaningless kill scenes just fill the minutes before the stupid and disconnected finish that makes even less sense. With the exception of Geoffrey Rush, the acting is lame. The dysfunctional husband wife relationship is supposed to be fun, but it is not; it is just distracting. It attempts to slap the same-old title on it while completely failing to live up to the name. That is particularly bad considering the original is no masterpiece, in its own right.
July 11, 2014
House on Haunted Hill pretty much sums up what it was like living in the late 90s. Bad special effects, animation that looks like it was crapped out of a Tool video, fun heavy metal 80s covers, Billy Madison's hot third grade teacher, Chris Kattan... Love every second of it.
June 14, 2007
Update to a poor classic movie fails to surpass it even with a good cast
July 1, 2014
I've watched this and it doesn't show enough ghosts or scares in my opinion.
June 2, 2014
Good plot, that should have been executed so much better. It was slightly creepy at times, but I always find stories based on old pyschiatric hospitals a bit creepy. Other than that it's not particularly memorable. None of the characters are likeable and they are all stereotypes who spend most of the film spouting one liners to emphasise their stereotype and how disgruntled they are about the inconvenience of being stuck in a haunted house.
May 11, 2014
after watching the original prior to this movie I have to question all of the regress that has happened within the horror movie genre over the past half century
October 26, 2007
I actually kind of enjoyed this one. I thought it was fairly well made. Had some interesting ideas and cool camera work.
February 26, 2014
Ranging from mildly entertaining in a visceral sense and eyebrow raisingly silly, this remake comes off as unmemorable and unnecessary.
February 15, 2014
"House on Haunted Hill" is very inconsistent. In one hand, the premise is good, the twists are surprising, Rush is excellent, and it was very refreshing to see how much work was put into the film. On the other hand, however, the film didn't scare, the dialogue was unrealistic, and the final twenty minutes seemed like the director had given up and decided to depend the rest on visual effects. All in all, sort of a textbook horror flick; not great, but not terrible.
January 13, 2014
Effects & climax (13) OWN DVD
|Dr. F P||
January 1, 2014
Completely awful, what was the point of this? If anyone should make another House on Haunted Hill at least do it properly. I still don't understand why people make crummier versions. I think a modern version of House on Haunted Hill could be wonderful, if the people creating it were inventive and had a good eye. In fact a big budget House on Haunted Hill would be spectacular. MAKE IT HAPPEN!
|Mark James A||
August 11, 2012
. . .a so-bad-it's-good movie 'cause no matter how goofy and ill-conceived it was, it still is fun to watch.
September 1, 2007
All the special effects in the world cannot compensate for an inability to generate tension, establish and sustain pace or create any character whose survival is worth rooting for. The film 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. The film ultimately begins to sour soon after, as the interplay between Steven Price and Evelyn not only is cold-hearted and off-putting, but also disastrously acted by the usually talented performers Geoffrey Rush and Famke Janssen. Soon enough, it becomes clear how much this movie disrespects both the audience and the genre. Perhaps most distressing of all is that the film fails to deliver even one good "boo!" moment. Geoffrey Rush shamelessly overacts with a vengeance in this chillingly awful movie, which leaves us with one nagging question. Can Oscars be recalled? 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.
VERDICT: "Hit The Exits" - [Panned Reaction] These are some of the worst films ever made. These films do everything wrong and do it worse than bad. Audiences should never see this film under any circumstances! (Films that are rated 0.5 or 1 stars)
October 20, 2013
I haven't seen the original so I can't compare the two. However, on it's own, it is still not that good. I watched this back when it came out in theaters and gave it a second look. Geoffrey Rush is an amusement park tycoon and is tasked with hosting a haunted house party for his wife played by Famke Janssen. That sounds promising, but it never quite has the thrills one might expect from that setup. Eventually it is found out the guest list was created by the ghosts of the former asylum that used to be at the house in an effort to get revenge on the descendants of the former staff. It's just dumb all around without being a bit of fun.
September 25, 2013
Geoffrey Rush's employers must have as deep pockets as his character to allow him to appear in this brainless dross. Gore and stupidity take front seat here, while plot, characters and even good fun are absent.
September 25, 2013
Well its not as bad as the 13 ghosts remake, as in its at least not painful to watch, still its not that much better, it does have a good premise and some scary imagery and locations, but the ending is just fucking stupid, chris kataan is super annoying, the characters not likable, outside of rush, dont waste your time
September 6, 2013
What a pile of shit!