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William Malone's remake of William Castle's classic spook story House on Haunted Hill scored high marks for special effects and humor but is basically inferior to the original. Malone's version does, however, get the benefit of this superb DVD repackaging, which does much to compensate for the movie's frailties. An excellent anamorphic widescreen transfer of the film gives it a crisp, balanced look, with no visible flaws or defects. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track has clearly been mixed to prioritize the sound effects rather than the dialogue, ensuring that all the eerie creaks and clanks are rendered with maximum impact. The disc comes with an excellent array of additional features, including the original theatrical trailers for both Malone's and Castle's films. The 20-minute "Tale of Two Houses" featurette analyzes the two versions in some depth and is thoroughly absorbing, even if it leaves the viewer surer than ever that Castle's original is the better of the two. Six behind-the-scenes mini-documentaries explain many of the undeniably impressive special effects used in the film, and among the DVD-ROM features is a silly but mildly entertaining game called "Escape from the House." Director Malone introduces the deleted footage from the movie, including a strangely low-key but amusing epilogue, and explains the reasons for the deletions. He also provides a commentary track, and his observations are generally very interesting and incisive. House on Haunted Hill may be only a moderately successful horror film, but judged on its own terms this is an outstanding disc.
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Special Features

Behind-the-scenes documentaries; Director commentary; Deleted scenes; Interactive menus; Filmographies; Theatrical trailers; Scene access; Subtitles: English & Fran├žais
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2000
  • UPC: 085391801825
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Geoffrey Rush Steven Price
Famke Janssen Evelyn Price
Taye Diggs Eddie
Peter Gallagher Dr. Blackburn
Chris Kattan Watson Prichett
Ali Larter Sara Wolfe
Bridgette Wilson Melissa Marr
Max Perlich Schecter
Jeffrey Combs Dr. Vannacutt
Lisa Loeb T.V. Reporter
Technical Credits
William Malone Director
Gilbert Adler Producer
Anthony Adler Editor
Dick Beebe Screenwriter
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Rick Bota Cinematographer
Scott Cameron Asst. Director
Terry Castle Co-producer
Dan Cracchiolo Executive Producer
Don Davis Score Composer
Lauri Gaffin Set Decoration/Design
Vince Garcia Sound/Sound Designer
Lora Kennedy Casting
David F. Klassen Production Designer
Robert Kurtzman Makeup Special Effects
Richard Mays Art Director
Ha Nguyen Costumes/Costume Designer
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Steve Richards Executive Producer
Joel Silver Producer
Robert Zemeckis Producer
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Scene Index

Side#1--
0. Side#1--
1. The Saturation Chamber
0. Scene Selections
1. Shuddery Credits. [2:46]
2. Inmate uprising. [2:43]
3. Terrifying but true. [1:34]
4. Terror Incongnita. [2:44]
5. Guest list (Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This]). [3:54]
6. Anybody home? [3:44]
7. Let the games begin. [3:08]
8. Sick little scene. [2:15]
9. Lockdown. [4:46]
10. Party favors. [3:38]
11. Exploring downstairs. [2:33]
12. Treatment rooms. [3:26]
13. Creeping Sara out. [4:59]
14. The deep end. [2:51]
15. Into the house. [2:45]
16. Retiring hostess. [:59]
17. Electroshock. [3:09]
18. Price under wraps. [3:50]
19. Bounced around. [3:32]
20. Almost all related. [4:01]
21. Hearing Evelyn out. [2:17]
22. Out of his head. [4:03]
23. Paying the price. [2:18]
24. Happy birthday, baby. [2:57]
25. We all want you. [2:13]
26. It's alive. [2:36]
27. Priceless. [3:07]
28. Hazard pay. [2:31]
29. End Credits (Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This]). [2:57]
30. Their closeup. [3:28]
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Menu

   Play Movie
   Features.
      Two Houses.
      Chamber.
      Trailers 1959, 1999.
         1959
         1999
      Deleted Scenes.
         Sara Gets The Invite
         Zombies
         Epilogue
      Extras.
         Cast and Crew.
            Directed By Wiliam Malone
         Behind the Screams.
            The Shadow
            The Sculptures
            The Glass Ceiling
            The Vat of Blood
            The Exploding Floor
            Scenes from "Creature" by William Malone
         Commentary by Director William Malone.
         William Castle; Director/Producer of the 1959 Version.
   Languages
      Soundtracks
         English
      Subtitles
         English
         Fran├žais
         Off
      Commentary by Director William Malone
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie...bad ending

    This movie has always stood out in my mind for being a movie with a great build up to a huge let down. The reason I say that is because most of the film intense, scary, great gore, etc. Sounds good right? Well unfortunately the movie ends horribly in my opinion! I don't want to ruin it for those who want to see it, but it's was like they just didn't know how to end it and just through together this result instead of keeping pace and ending strong.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay.

    It was a good remake and ten times bloodier of course. good enough to watch but not to buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gore/Psychological horror not what you expect

    When I first saw this movie I was nine years old, so you can imagine that my parents and I didn't wait to see the ending of this thriller at the movie theaters. Years passed by and I finally saw it on television. I was blown away! Since I was more mature I could handle the gore and except the insane atmosphere of the spooky house. This is probably one of the only remakes that I greatly enjoyed and certainly got scared out of my wits. The actors mainly focus on going down in the basement, which kind of seems cliche, but they act it as though they actually have a reason for it. Most slasher movies just have a cute girl go down there because she ''heard a noise.'' Also the digital CGI stuff isn't hokey at all, (surprisingly) but very eerie and haunting. TIP:Get the DVD if you want to know about the first film, by William Castle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So Amazing and Scary!

    This movie was sooo great! If you wanna scare the hell out of yourself, watch this movie alone, and in the dark with surround sound! It is fun to watch whenever but be prepared for a few sleepless nights and flashbacks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding Flick

    Head and shoulders above the ''other'' haunted house movie that was released in '99! I enjoyed the dialogue, the characters (especially Kattan), the musical scores (Marilyn Manson), and the horror scenes! I'm a die-hard horror buff, jaded by many years of ghost stories and horror flicks. But let me tell you, this movie gave even me the heeby-jeebies ... well, just slightly! A great deal of fun--I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Surprisingly Good

    I first saw this expecting an unintentionally funny gorefest, but I loved it! The gore generally serves an actual purpose, and the casting was offbeat but really effective. Check out Lisa Loeb and James Marsters in a hilarious scene towards the beginning!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not The Haunting!!!

    Two haunted house movies came out the same year. The Haunting bad and House On Haunted Hill good. This one is a remake of the 1958 movie with Vincent Price. The film stars Geoffrey Rush in the price role in a wacky homage. Six strangers are invited to a haunted house. A doctor, a game show hostess, an ex baseball player and a buisness woman. My favorite charactor was Ali Larter as the beautiful young woman who poses as her boss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Extras on this movie are GREAT!!!!!

    For all you DVD lovers who like a lot of special features then you have to own this one. The first menu is great and the other two our even better. So what are you waiting for click the buy button now you won't be sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Find out More about William Castle

    If you liked this movie, see the original camp classic from 1958. And if you want to find out more about the producer/director of the original, check out Scare Tactic - The Life and Films of William Castle. A book available through barnes and noble.

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