House on Haunted Hill (1999)

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An amusement park mogul offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.


5.6/10
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  • Elisha Cook Jr. in House on Haunted Hill (1999)
  • Famke Janssen in House on Haunted Hill (1999)
  • Melissa Marr
  • Eddie in pain
  • Peter Gallagher and William Malone in House on Haunted Hill (1999)
  • Price & Evelyn

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17 April 2019 | marlieH
7
| I don't understand why the the rating is so low.
Okay sure this movie is a remake and obviously not as good as the original. but its actually a really well done movie, definately deserves a better rating than 5.6. i really enjoyed it!

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Trivia

(at around 12 mins) The names William Malone, Gilbert Adler and Valdemar Tymrak appear on Price's guest list before it is deleted. William Malone and Gilbert Adler are respectively the director and producer of the film. Valdemar Tymrak was a serial-killer and evil spirit in Tales from the Crypt: Report from the Grave (1996), which was also directed by Malone.


Quotes

Stephen Price: Ever see one that starts at the top? 20 stories worth of top.


Goofs

The hospital was closed in 1931 yet much of it is lit with fluorescent tube lighting. Fluorescent tube lighting was not in commercial production until the late 1930's and not in widespread use until WWII.


Crazy Credits

After the final credits, there is an additional scene that features Steven and Evelyn strapped down on Vannacut's vivisection table. The scene ends with Vannacut watching as one hears Steven and Evelyn's screams.


Alternate Versions

Due to numerous circumstances (i.e. running time constraints and what not) a great deal of footage was excised from this motion picture. Three of the most important scenes were returned for the DVD release. They are:

  • two different versions of the same scene involving the real Jennifer Jenzen (Debi Mazar), a haughty, foul mouthed, arrogant movie producer and her assistant Sara (Ali Larter), who are on the set of a cheap drama Jennifer is producing. In one version, the set is in the courtyard of a regular house where a woman is telling a man, who is suffering from a seemingly terminal illness, to embrace life in spite of his condition. In the other version, a young couple, who seem to be medieval peasants, are frolicking on a meadow, falling to the ground and making out. In both versions, unhappy with the lack of sex and nudity in the film that could bring in the teen male audience, Jennifer curses the director out. Sara then arrives with a strange Art Deco music puzzle box that came in the mail for Jennifer. Despite Sara's advice and a warning label on the box, Jennifer arrogantly opens it the wrong way just because she was told not to, and cuts her finger on it. Sara laughs at this so vengeful Jennifer fires her on the spot and gives her the box to get rid of it. Sara however, finds the invite for the party on Haunted Hill in the box, and, although shocked by Jennifer's impromptu decision to fire her, she still tries to tell Jennifer about it, but when Jennifer refuses to hear her out, Sara just takes the invitation for herself and leaves, smiling.
  • a scene towards the climax when Eddie Baker (Taye Diggs) and Sara are running from the shadow demon exploding the floorboards, they are led into a dead end. Eddie jumps onto a hanging light fixture, holding onto Sara as the floor beneath them explodes. He loses his grip on Sara and she falls through the hole into a subterranean cavern beneath the house where the remains of Doctor Vannicut's victims lie. The shadow creeps into the cavern and reanimates the dead bodies causing this huge zombie attack. Eddie drops down and saves Sara and the chase continues from where it left off in the finished cut of the film (however, if you notice, in the finished cut of the film during the chase scene there is a continuity error when Sara's running. In one shot she's wearing her jacket and in the other it's mysteriously vanished, it's vanished because during the cut portion of this climactic chase, Sara loses her jacket when she falls into the cavern. Her jacket is then used by Eddie to pull her up and out to safety).
  • an epilogue was also cut from the film involving the real Jennifer Jenzen (Debbie Mazar) inheriting the house on haunted hill. When she goes to check it out with real estate agent Dick (played by Jeffrey Combs (who is also Dr. Vannicut!) we see her enter the house and then a horrifying scream follows. The scene was cut because director William Malone felt the scene was a bit too humorous for the film and that it did not fit what was filmed at all).


Soundtracks

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Written by
Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart (as Dave Stewart)
Performed by Marilyn Manson
Courtesy of Nothing/Interscope Records
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets

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Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Crime | Fantasy | Horror | Mystery | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

29 October 1999

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

California, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,946,032 31 October 1999

Gross USA:

$40,846,082

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,593,455

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