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Jaeden Capito reviews the 1999 remake of “House on Haunted Hill”

By Jaeden Capito

Mystery, jumpscares, and blood are all big parts of Horror movies, and William Malone’s “House on Haunted Hill” remake is no different. Starring actors such as Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, and Ali Larter, “The House on Haunted Hill” is a creepy and haunting movie filled with gore and twists.

Stephen Price, a billionaire amusement park mogul, invites a random group of people to go to an abandoned house with a tragic past that is haunted by the people that died there, and offers $1 million to anyone that can stay the whole night. Throughout the night, each of the guests experience haunting events and start to turn on each other when they think someone is a murderer among them, while not knowing of the true evil laying deep within the confines of the mansion.

This movie is much less of a remake of the 1958 version and more of a re-imagining of the original movie, as much more background is added to the characters, which made the new movie more meaningful. Stephen Price is a new name for the billionaire, being an homage to the original actor in the 1958 movie, Vincent Price, who died before this movie came out. The ending of the movie was very lackluster since it does not provide much satisfaction due to poorly executed stylistic elements.  Although the ending to the movie fell flat, it does not make the entire movie bad, in fact the new R rating of the movie improves upon the affect it has, with the amount of blood and gore in general.

“The House on Haunted Hill” 1999 was a great re-imagining of the original 1958 movie, picking up in places that the first movie might have fell short. The special effects that the movie implements improve upon the scares and the ominous feel of the story. Overall the movie was a solid 8 out of 10 and it is a good movie to watch during the Halloween season, but be careful watching it with younger audiences, as some scenes in this movie are very gory and inappropriate, proven in the R rating of this film.