The Haunting
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In the 1860's, industrialist Hugh Crain financed the construction of Hill House, a beautiful but forbidding mansion where Crain hoped to house a wife and children. However, Crain died an unexplained death at Hill House, and ever since tales have circulated that the mansion is haunted by evil spirits. 130 years later, Dr. David Marrow (Liam Neeson), long fascinated by the Hill House legend, brings three people there for what he tells them will be a study in sleep disorders. Theo (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is outwardly brave, but it soon becomes evident that Hill House's sinister reputation… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

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"An overpriced mess!"
‑ , Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"In The Haunting, the moviemakers succeed in something very difficult: creating a haunted house with real personality and terror."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"High-tech remake is dumb and overblown."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Doesn't try to spook you as much as it tries to browbeat you into a defeated, whimpering submission."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"It is missing the coherent story, credible characters and literate dialogue that can make any film, no matter how outlandish the dramatic circumstances, involving."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"To my surprise, I find myself recommending The Haunting on the basis of its locations, its sets, its art direction, its sound design, and the overall splendor of its visuals."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The bombastic overkill that helped make De Bont's Speed 2 the most disappointing sequel of the decade is in full bloom here."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"When you're not yawning at the digital ghosts, you're watching a cast of fine actors dogpaddling in cliches and terrible dialogue."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A psychologically apt thriller with the message that love is the only true antidote to fear."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Not very scary."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"If you crave horror, you're better off seeing The Blair Witch Project a second or third."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Unfortunately, the film's sets and special effects overwhelm its plot and cast."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"...testament to the fact that well enough should be left alone."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"I wouldn't waste more than the price of a video rental on this one."
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"Although The Haunting gets funnier, dumber, and less suspenseful as it goes on, it never loses the power to frighten, because it never had it."
‑ Steven Boone, Citysearch
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