House on Haunted Hill (1999)

October 24, 2017

Fearter rating: 7/10

An average film which managed to mentally scar my tender adolescent mind.

 

Review (No spoilers)

I imagine there are few people who would claim this to be a great horror movie - and I am not one of them. However, this film has some good scary elements to it and a nasty surprise which left me a terrified wreck when I first watched it (aged 13). 

 

This was my first real horror film, and I made the mistake of watching it late at night during a sleep over. Back in the days of VHS it was common place for people to fall asleep with a movie on knowing that the videotape would end and the TV would eventually go on standby. However I, unlike my friend, did not fall asleep... and without wanting to ruin the surprise, let's just say the credits weren't the end of the film! Terrified, I lay there as the fictional haunting broke the fourth wall and entered the bedroom! 

 

Other than the mental scar inducing bonus footage,  the movie itself has many good horror aspects. These include the main antagonist (a disturbing, sinister and menacing presence) and the movement of the ghosts.  

 

The acting in the film isn't great, but on the whole it isn't terrible either. The plot is based on the original and I'm glad to say it makes sense. 

 

Overall, it's a film of its time and hasn't/won't go down in history as one of the greats, but for me it's a favourite. I say it's worth a watch - a bit of fun with the odd scary bit thrown in. 

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