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The Haunting (1999)



Critic Consensus: Sophisticated visual effects fail to offset awkward performances and an uneven script.

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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.

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Liam Neeson
as Dr. David Marrow
Owen Wilson
as Luke Sanderson
Bruce Dern
as Mr. Dudley
Marian Seldes
as Mrs. Dudley
Alix Koromzay
as Mary Lambetta
Todd Field
as Todd Hackett
Michael Cavanaugh
as Dr. Malcolm Keogh
Charles Gunning
as Hugh Crain
Saul Priever
as Ritchie
M.C. Gainey
as Large Man
Hadley Eure
as Carolyn Crain
Kadina Delejalde
as Rene Crain
Alessandra Benjamin
as Psych Patient No. 1
Karen Gregan
as Psych Patient No. 2
Brandon Jarrett
as Psych Patient No. 3
Mary McNeal
as Psych Patient No. 4
William Minkin
as Psych Patient No. 5
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Critic Reviews for The Haunting

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (30)

A ghost has to work overtime to haunt Hill House...the best-that-money-can-buy technology of The Haunting shows how little you can make of too much.

March 1, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

High-tech remake is dumb and overblown.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A mess, a jumble of fancy special effects that are supposed to be scary but are really just fancy, further decorated with dribbles of dialogue, most of which are unintentionally hilarious.

January 1, 2000

There are few truly frightening moments in the film, little tension or real sense of menace, and the camp humor that is suggested in early scenes dissipates fairly quickly.

January 1, 2000

This film relies on special effects instead of suggestion, plot instead of mood, and explanation instead of mystery.

January 1, 2000

A lavish illustration of how to take a fairly modest black-and -white horror film from 1963 and amplify it so relentlessly that the sight of the flying cow in Twister would not be all that amiss.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Haunting

It's not the first one, that's true. It's a different take on a similar story. A certain scientist wants to do a study, an experiment. He gathers a team together and they meet at this mysterious mansion in upstate New York, all very similar to the first movie, an undeniable classic. But then the night comes. The dark ... and then ... and then, well, there are some chills here too. Different. But chills. In the night. In the dark.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Somewhat decent remake of the same name, The Haunting lacks the terrifying atmosphere of the original film, and instead relies more on special effects. The result is an entertaining film that isn't too memorable. The film is worth seeing, but compared to the original, it doesn't even come close. The film is what I'd call a decent popcorn horror flick. The film isn't memorable in anyways, but it does manage to be a mindless fun horror flick But like every other remake, this film suffers limitations and the full potential isn't realized. The cast are decent, and the plot is not too bad. However this is the type of film only worth watching once. Liam Neeson is the best actor here, and he really does make this film worth seeing. The film relies more on special effects this around to create its horror, but it lacks anything truly terrifying. The problem with films that rely on special effects, is that they become almost exclusively reliant on that to create tension, thus there is no need to truly build a harrowing, terrifying atmosphere. This film, like every other remake, lacks the power of the original film. There are some shocks to be had here and there, but for the most part, there's something missing to really make this a worthy remake. Overall, a fun but forgettable film, it has style, mediocre substance, but in the end it's enjoyable if you're looking for a horror flick that is more special effects oriented than atmosphere oriented; this is the film for you. The film ranges from decent to mediocre, never anything good or remarkable. This is the type of film that is meant for an audience that doesn't want old school traditional horror to their horror experience.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Didn't feel scared at all, even as a 10 year old when it was released. Poor effects and poor acting, FAIL.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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