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Geoffrey Rush in House on Haunted Hill

Geoffrey Rush in House on Haunted Hill

 

 

When you buy a Bentley – as you do – you’re not looking for a holographic dashboard, an in-car virtual chauffeur, or an ejector seat. You want walnut and leather everywhere. The same is true of some horror movies. House on Haunted Hill was originally directed in 1958 by William Castle, the man who fitted cinemas seats with buzzers, had skeletons drop from the ceiling. Castle was – in the best sense of the word, a horrible man. In 1958 wonderful Vincent Price was the star. In 1999 for this remake it’s the magnificent Geoffrey Rush – as a crazy millionaire called Price – complete with pencil moustache, cravat and lop-sided leer. The plot is familiar too. Some variously disposable young people attempt to stay all night in the spooky mansion, hoping to win $1 million if they do. They nearly all die. It’s a sleek, swishing and curiously well made film and apart from Rush’s character name being a nod to the original star there’s no irony, no Scream-style self-reference and, let’s be honest, no scares. But then House on Haunted Hill isn’t really a horror film – it’s a bespoke hand-tooled homage.

© Steve Morrissey 2013

 

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House on Haunted Hill (1999)
Run time: 93 min
Rating: 5.4
Genres: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Director: William Malone
Writers: Robb White, Dick Beebe
Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, Taye Diggs
Trivia: A millionaire offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.
Storyline When an eccentric millionaire offer a group of opposites $1,000,000 to spend the night in a so called “Haunted House” with a murderous past, they figure it is a quick way to get quick money and leave. All of them are sure it is some made up story just to mess with their heads a little and test their courage. But, once they stay in the house they start to think about the mistake they made in coming there when mysterious things start to happen. Written by Kyle <Kyleshivers@aol.com>
Plot Keywords: haunted house, money, doctor, stranger, ghost
Box Office Budget: $19,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: £1,068,862 (UK) (4 February 2000)
Gross: £3,469,882 (UK) (10 March 2000)