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The Haunting

  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • 1999
  • Jan De Bont
  • 107 mins
  • 12

Summary

Remake of the 1963 supernatural horror classic, starring Liam Neeson and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Under the pretence of conducting a sleep disorder study, Dr David Marrow recruits three people to stay in a New England gothic mansion. But his real motive is to research the effects of fear on his three "guinea pigs".

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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 Thinking they have been ushered to the notoriously haunted Hill House for an insomnia study, withdrawn Lili Taylor, bisexual Catherine Zeta-Jones and cynical Owen Wilson soon discover that they are really there to test out doctor Liam Neeson's theories on the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.

Credits

Cast

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Dr David MarrowLiam Neeson
TheoCatherine Zeta-Jones
Luke SandersonOwen Wilson
Eleanor "Nell" VanceLili Taylor
Mr DudleyBruce Dern
Mrs DudleyMarian Seldes
Mary LambettaAlix Koromzay
Todd HackettTodd Field
JaneVirginia Madsen

Crew

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DirectorJan De Bont

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Released on
1999-09-24
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, some swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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