Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The House on Haunted Hill (1999)

Over stylized garbage horror remake made for the MTV generation. Five strangers are invited to stay the night in an abandoned asylum with the prospect of winning $1M each, if they live through the night! Malone manages to offer style over substance once again, with a few interesting visuals, but no scares and dreadfully forced dialogue. The only thing going for the film are the amazing sets, which is sad considering the above average cast. To top everything off, the film closes with a confusing CG shlockfest to leave the audience dumbfounded. Big pass on this one.

Rating: 5/10.

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6 comments:

  1. Yeah, this one was ok. But takes alot to scare me when it comes to movies like this. It was just strange more then anything.

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  2. I always sit down to watch it expecting it to be better than the last viewing, but I just get more and more disappointed. It has tons of potential, but even if I dont get turned off by the dialogue the ending just kills the rest of the movie. There was no doubt in my mind that Malone had directed Fear.com when I first caught it on TV, exact same style and surrealism with little logic or substance.

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  3. Hi dragonmanes...came across this, thought it might be of some interest...
    paul

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUKTRE52U0TX20090331

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  4. Thanks for the link Paul, sounds awesome I am all in =D

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  5. I actually dig this film. Sure it's not perfect but I saw this when it was released in theaters in 1999 and it was a fun time. Yeah, the ending irks me as well but it doesn't hurt the rest of the film too much. I think the sequel isn't as good as this one [I read that review too] but it's decent as well. I've seen worse remakes than this one for sure.

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  6. And thats the thing, many people really do like the film, and I cant knock you guys because you are absolutely entitled to your opinions. There is just something about the style but particularly the way the characters are played that forces me out of a suspended disbelief and turns just into disbelief. I go back to it every couple of years hoping to find something new I will like, I just cant get into it at all.

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