The Haunting

July 23rd, 1999


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When Eleanor, Theo, and Luke decide to take part in a sleep study at a huge mansion they get more than they bargained for when Dr. Marrow tells them of the house's ghostly past.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 4.7/10 (37,587 voted)

Director: Jan de Bont

Stars: Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson

A remake of the classic 1963 movie "The Haunting" about a team of paranormal experts who look into strange occurrences in an ill-fated house. Through the course of the night some will unravel, some will question, and all will fight for their lives as the house fights back.

Writers: David Self, Shirley Jackson

Liam Neeson - Dr. David Marrow
Catherine Zeta-Jones - Theo
Owen Wilson - Luke Sanderson
Lili Taylor - Nell
Bruce Dern - Mr. Dudley
Marian Seldes - Mrs. Dudley
Alix Koromzay - Mary Lambetta
Todd Field - Todd Hackett
Virginia Madsen - Jane
Michael Cavanaugh - Dr. Malcolm Keogh
Tom Irwin - Lou
Charles Gunning - Hugh Crain
Saul Priever - Ritchie
M.C. Gainey - Large Man
Hadley Eure - Carolyn Crain

Taglines: Inside the Haunted

Release Date: 23 July 1999

Filming Locations: Belvoir Castle, Belvoir, Leicestershire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $80,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $33,435,140 (USA) (25 July 1999) (2808 Screens)

Gross: $177,311,151 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Switzerland:

Did You Know?

Writer Michael Tolkin, as script doctor, did a uncredited re-write on the script.

Continuity: Nell's ring disappears from her finger in the initial scene at her apartment.

[first lines]
Jane: You already owe two months worth of rent.
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: It's mine, and you're not taking it away.
Jane: Read the will, Nell. It states in plain language, the executor shall have the right to dispose of any and all personal property, as he shall see fit.
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: He's not even real family.
Jane: Yeah, maybe not, but clearly mother thought Lou would be better off dealing with these unpleasent details than you.
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: [angrily] Unpleasent details? What have I been dealing with for the past eleven years? I've cooked, I've cleaned, I've mopped up for you and you call that an unpleasent detail?

User Review

Subtle chills....what's that???

Rating: 4/10

Well, my goodness, am I disappointed. When I first heard news of a remake of Robert Wise's 1963 film, "The Haunting", I had a fear that it would be ruined by an abundance of summer-movie sized visual effects. But, deep down, I had faith. Surely, with such a talented cast intact...De Bont and company will not ruin a film, who's original was a fantastic and frightening movie that understood the delicate art of subtlety. Well, subtlety, where are you now!!?? My fears have manifested...a promising movie has gone wrong. Yes, Eugenio Zannetti's production design is jaw-dropping; the movie is wonderfully photographed; and composer Jerry Goldsmith can never EVER do wrong. But, the script puts it's fine actors to the test..asking them to deliver the kind of stilted dialogue that is only spoken in movies. In the end, the always wonderful Lili Taylor is the only performer to escape with some dignity...and that's just barely. But, the crime of all crimes is that the horror is shown to us. We can no longer use our imaginations, feel that horrible dread of fear of the unknown. No, we get some visual effects to SHOW US what we're supposed to be afraid of...and you know what? As wonderfully realized as they are...the visual effects come off as sort of silly. And the climax is a phantasmogoric mess...but things had gone terribly wrong long before that.

Everything in The Haunting is overdone and overblown. I'm afraid there are no real thrills or creaks in this old haunted house monstrosity...only groans. Check out the original instead.