It's spooky and a good Halloween movie, and a dark theater is excellent for it's effect. Rich but eccentric millionaire Steven Price is looking for the ultimate scares. Generally they add a flavor-of-the-month star, a bunch of irrelevant plot changes and a soundtrack from a has-been band or one that should never have been. Price's fascination with fear that is set up so intensely in the movie's opening minutes. Multimillionaire Steven Price is the name a nod to Vincent? It is all completely independent from the agenda of the House when I felt like it should all tie together, somehow. The house in this film was once an asylum where people. The biggest problem with the film is that much of it just doesn't add up in terms of making sense of the plot.
The film fortunately is more special effects driven than plot driven, and at least is able to deliver the goods in that arena. That Castle's film was filled with better acting, better timing, and easily a better script. At this point it reverts to form and because just another Hollywood creature feature and it is a bit of a let down. I think it adds, and they didn't just redo the same show. But I liked this film, which is not really a remake entirely. And this is from a stone-cold believer that Karloff was the best Frankenstein monster and Lugosi the best Dracula. A fire breaks out and all but five die.
The whole was not equal to the sum of its parts. However up to this point it works very well and it's real creepy. There are three forces at work here-- the ghosts who haunt the house, the humans who are trapped in it, and the Darkness that lives beneath it. The guest's trip to the house is still via several hearse and from this point much of the original plot is maintained. The part that bothered me about the arrival scene at the house, was the inappropriate song. He invites a group of people to spend the night in the former Vannacutt Psychiatric Institute for the Criminally Insane where the inmates revolved in a orgy of violence against the cruel regime of Dr Vannacutt. I found the film to be entertaining wouldn't William Castle have wanted that? Of course, I haven't really been scared by a movie since I saw the Wolf Man 1941 , with Lon Chaney jr, in 1958.
The plot may not be imaginative but the delivery is very good for this type of film. I've seen a lot of complaining about the ending, but hey, life sometimes sucks and I could certainly see something like that happening to me. For once, a movie even scarier and more horrifying than the trailers for it. Jensen, Diggs, Gallagher and Kattan all do well and the cast do better than the scream queens that usual inhabit these films. However it soon becomes evident that not all the scares are set up by Price himself. I've seen some of the comments on the film here, and would beg to differ with many. House does rely rather heavily on special effects as do all the current re-makes.
This movie could have gone on another ten minutes, some loose ends could have been tied up, and I could have given it a much higher score. The acting is pretty good with all the leads really doing quite a good job. Within the first scene there is gore surgery on a wide awake man , violence the inmates of the asylum break loose and attack the staff , and nudity uniforms ripped open on the women. I'm not a big fan of horror or this type of Hollywood slasher movie as I find them too obvious and not scary. The other exceptional standout is Chris Kattan as Watson Pritchard. Mental therapy, mental hospitals, mental patients have been used time and time again in horror fiction and horror films. Geoffrey Rush gives his best Vincent Price impression pencil-thin mustache and all delivering lines with bravura gusto.
One thing is for sure. These are all separate entities, we find, but for what purpose? I am sorry, but there was nothing that I found really scary or horrifying. It set the wrong mood, and I worried about what was going to be next. Fun to watch, truly terrifying, but incomplete. Empty corridors, large, vast rooms, incredible special effects all add to the frightening aspects of the film. If you are like me and love the old one. I could easily pan this film by saying and rightly so that its predecessor, the original House on Haunted Hill directed by William Castle, is a far superior film.
This remake of the old 1958 movie sees the plot expanded and made a lot more creepy and enjoyable. Thankfully, the rest of the score except the end title was strictly orchestral, and sent a nice dark mood to try to help to scare you. This is crucial to the plot Hill House is not the same murder house from the original, it's a former asylum for the criminally insane where torture and experimentations are done on the inmates. As far as great horror films go. Overall the film starts like any other Hollywood horror but the clever direction, creepy music and imaginative visuals of Dr Vannacutt all create a creepy feel to the film that is better than the gore that also comes. To tell the truth, I'd have to say that this remake was better than the first version. Kattan is just wonderful in the role showcasing his obvious talent.
It has many elements that are not in the first film; most of them centering around the mental aspect aforementioned. Rush plays nicely to the camp in his homage to Price's role in the original. This is not a bad remake. However here the gore is well used and the general creepy mood wins the film. In fact the end point of the original is only the halfway mark of this one. Tongue in cheek this movie is -- James Whale would have loved it.
I'm not sure; maybe, it is the normality of being like those that are insane which brings a more genuine horror to us. . Is it really better or worse for it? It didn't even feel like an end, it just felt like the movie stopped, and we're left without an explanation to what happens to the survivors-- including the most interesting character in the movie, the House itself. As a bonus, a supernatural element was brought to this film that wasn't there in the original version. The movement of the deceased Dr Vannacutt is very creepy and is much better than some of the gore. Price's wife, Evelyn, gets similar treatment, but it is here the screenwriter s? Whatever it is, House on Haunted Hill certainly uses all the mental derangement cliches to full effect.