House on Haunted Hill
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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, Steven is played by Geoffrey Rush, and his guests include Jeffrey Combs, Taye Diggs, Peter… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Consistently inert -- even though the fee for successful housesitting has been raised to a million bucks a night."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Mr. Showbiz
"House on Haunted Hill isn't a great movie. It is, however, a good deal of gory fun."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"[It's] one of the great underrated horror flicks of the last decade. Yes, really."
‑ David Cornelius,
"There's a great deal of general creepiness, but the enterprise is undercut by a weak script, weak characters, and a too simple plot."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"As in The Haunting, they eventually surrender characters and story to computer-generated spectacle, squandering any creepy immediacy and trampling the human element."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Directed with a nimble, savvy touch."
‑ Tom Keogh,
"Drained of any wild, spontaneous spark."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"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."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"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."
‑ Kim Newman, Sight and Sound
"A bloody mess."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"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."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"It's a cheesy throwaway horror flick, but it's a tight cheesy throwaway horror flick."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"...An excellent show of digi-graphics. But it is seldom scary."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"All the visual bravura doesn't fill in the gaping plot holes or generate any real frights."
‑ Dwayne E. Leslie, Boxoffice Magazine
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