The Haunting 1999

The Haunting

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

16%

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28%

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This horror tale focuses on visitors to the secluded mansion of Hill House who have been called to the isolated location by Dr. David Marrow (Liam Neeson) as part of a study on insomnia. However, Marrow is really investigating fear, and he plans to scare the subjects, including the introverted Nell (Lili Taylor) and the seductive Theo (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Unfortunately for Marrow and everyone staying at Hill House, the manor is actually haunted by an evil spirit out to torment its guests.

Cast & Crew

Liam Neeson
David Marrow
Owen Wilson
Luke Sanderson
Lili Taylor
Eleanor Vance
Bruce Dern
Mr. Dudley
Marian Seldes
Mrs. Dudley
Alix Koromzay
Mary Lambetta
Todd Field
Todd Hackett
Shirley Jackson
Writer (Novel)
David Self
Screenwriter
Jan de Bont
Executive Producer
Jerry Goldsmith
Original Music
Michael Kahn
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Critic Reviews for The Haunting

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Audience Reviews for The Haunting

  • Apr 06, 2015
    It's a depressing affair to watch particularly talented young actors trying their best to toothpick through The Haunting's unintentionally funny script and dog-paddling in a thick soup of special effects. Whilst the film boasts a handful of unsettling moments they bear no excuse for the rest of the film's fatal flaws. Lili Taylor's constant bawl scream is unnecessarily frequent and is quite annoying. The characters are over-baked stereotypes - see Catherina Zeta-Jones playing a bisexual "free-love" artist. I found most of the characters to be so unlikeable that I was waiting for each of them to be killed off as soon as possible.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2014
    Atmospheric and intense, The Haunting is an impressive horror film. To conduct a study on fear Dr. Marrow lures a group of unsuspecting subjects to the Hill House, a mansion with a notorious history behind it; but unknown to Marrow the spirits that haunt the mansion have their own agenda. Starring Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lili Taylor, and Owen Wilson, the cast is quite strong. And, the set designs of the mansion create a compelling air of mystery and suspense; which is added to by Jerry Goldsmith's moody score. However, the CGI effects haven't aged well and become a little distracting at times. Additionally, the storytelling is rather poor; with a lot of exposition dumps and jumps in logic. The Haunting has problems, but overall it's an entertaining thriller with a captivating visual aesthetic.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2014
    The quality of this movie can be viewed in a similar manner as a snowball effect: it gets progressively worse and worse.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2012
    Not all bad, The story was what we have seen before, But done different, Not scary though.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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