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House on Haunted Hill-1959/House on Haunted Hill-1999

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Welcome to the House on Haunted Hill, where the host pays you to stay! There'll be no valets, no mints on pillows. But each guest receives a needed bonus: a tiny coffin with a gun inside. In William Castle's 1959 mix of fright and fun, Vincent Price plays the macabre host offering $10,000 to guests who survive the night. The going rate is $1,000,000 in the effects-filled Dark Castle Entertainment 1999 remake. Geoffrey Rush portrays the twisted big shot who throws a birthday bash for his wife (Famke Janssen) at an abandoned insane asylum. Taye Diggs, Ali Larter, Bridgette Wilson, Peter Gallagher and Chris Kattan play strangers invited to the get-rich-quick event. Party on, dudes!System Requirements:Run Time: 168 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 202639883
UPC 012569731196
UPC 14 00012569731196
Format DVD
Release Date 8/22/2006
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Standard/Anamorphic Widescreen  1.33:1 [4:3]/1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Ali Larter - [1999] Actor
Carolyn Craig - [1959] Actor
Elisha Cook, Jr. - [1959] Actor
Famke Janssen - [1999] Actor
Geoffrey Rush - [1999] Actor
Peter Gallagher - [1999] Actor
Richard Long - [1959] Actor
Vincent Price - [1959] Actor
William Castle - [1959] Director
William Malone - [1999] Director
Reviews
ReviewSource Scifilm Review
Review [1959] I can't call "House on Haunted Hill" a classic motion picture by any means, and it isn't going to appeal to the viewer who wants a serious, low-key ghost story. But I do consider it a great, fun little picture that I never tire of revisiting. Price and Ohmart are two of the major reasons for this: they play well against each other and in their interactions with the rest of the cast. It's a film designed for double-buttered popcorn and maybe a box of Jujubes or Red Vines and a non-diet soft drink. It is, bottom line, fun.
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Reviewer
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource eFilmCritic.com
Review [1999] This movie had a lot going for it, and it would have been able to fool me into giving it a pretty good review (4 stars, I think), but the ending made me think about how terribly it was written, how non-existent the acting was, and how "The Haunting" may not have been that bad. For the first 1:20, it had me right where it wanted me. I was its bitch. But in the last fifteen, it lost me, watched helplessly as I started dating its best friend, kept following me around, calling me at all hours of the night, until I eventually had to get a restraining order. THAT is how much I hated the ending of this movie. HATED.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Andrew Howe
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review [1999] In the original House on Haunted Hill, the birthday party is an elaborate cover-up for a hopelessly convoluted murder plan. The storyline is completely without credibility, but the film, like most Castle productions, is fun to watch in a campy sort of way. The same is not true of the remake, which takes itself far too seriously (except for Rush, who hams it up). The skeletal plot structure is the same, but the added dimension of real ghouls and ghosts has been none-too-cleverly grafted on. The resultant mess leaves the viewer wondering what's happening.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Reel.com DVD review
Review [1959] "House on Haunted Hill" is more campy than scary. Without a skeleton flying overhead to give a little shock, much of the thrill is gone. Forty-plus years later, what remains immensely satisfying are the scenery-chewing performances of the ensemble, especially the nervous, bug-eyed Cook and the slinky Ohmart. Best of all is Price, still at the start of his glorious horror film career. Price's Loren is supercilious, sardonic, and lethally charming.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Gary W. Tooze, DVDBeaver.com [1959] ...a lovely little b movie; it's creative, it's atmospheric and it stars Vincent Price.
John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online [1999] ...An excellent show of digi-graphics.

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