The Haunting

The Haunting

Jan De Bont (1999)

107min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Nothing to scream over, and certainly little to shout about, this remake of Robert Wise's 1963 classic from director Jan De Bont tries hard but fails to live up to the original. The 12 certificate says everything about this frightless wonder, which isn't the least bit scary, maybe because it uses computer-generated animation to show all the poltergeist activity that was so effectively unseen in the original. Thinking they have been ushered to the notoriously haunted Hill House for an insomnia study, withdrawn Lili Taylor, bisexual Catherine Zeta-Jones and cynical Owen Wilson soon discover that they are really there to test out doctor Liam Neeson's theories on the origins of fear. Hokey in the extreme, this horror is at least lifted by the quality cast, who all take it amazingly seriously, and the imposing and beautifully designed baroque sets.

Summary

Three sleep-deprived people gather at a house haunted by evil spirits to take part in an insomnia study. It soon becomes clear they are really there to aid a scientist's investigation into the origins of fear - and from the very first night, the visitors find themselves facing their deepest and most secret terrors as they confront the unknown forces prowling the corridors. Horror remake, starring Liam Neeson, Lili Taylor, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Owen Wilson.

Cast & Crew

Dr David Marrow Liam Neeson
Theo Catherine Zeta-Jones
Luke Sanderson Owen Wilson
Eleanor "Nell" Vance Lili Taylor
Mr Dudley Bruce Dern
Mrs Dudley Marian Seldes
Mary Lambetta Alix Koromzay
Todd Hackett Todd Field
Jane Virginia Madsen
Director Jan De Bont
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Violence and some swearing. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 24 Sep 1999
Drama