The Haunting

PLOT:

A psychology professor invites three insomniacs to take part in a sleep disorder study at an eerie, isolated mansion — which appears to be haunted.

What people are saying:

“This is what happens when a classic movie is updated with a respectable budget and too much attention is paid to special effects. Yes the special effects were fantastic, but the special effects were the focus of the film. The action played to the special effects, the twists and turns in the plot were made so that certain effects could be used. This wasn’t a movie with great special effects, this was a display of great special effects that tried to have a plot tie them together. This is not the way to make a good movie, special effects should enhance the story not become the story. If you want to see good special effects, rent it; if you want to see a good movie, don’t. ” 2 stars

“The Haunting — seriously?? This movie was a joke. Totally unbelievable and more like a bad LSD trip. I found myself laughing at some of the stupid antics and reactions that was supposed to make this movie hauntingly scary. I think if this movie was made to be a comedy, it might have gotten better reviews. Most of the scenarios were so outrageously beyond belief. What a waste of some really terrific props and scenery that would have made for a really great scary movie.” 1 star

“I am not even going to attempt to compare this to the original classic horror story with wonderful Julie Harris in the title role that was even adopted as inspiration for Disneyland’s unique Haunted Mansion attraction, because there is no comparisson. So I’m going to give credit where credit is due. Lili Taylor has proven herself quite comfortable with the supernatural, and it shows. For some reason the top billing here is actually the supporting cast, and it is Lili that carries the feature as the hook in the reason and why the hauntings are connected to her. The special effects crew go out of there way to provide effects that remind me of Brandon Fraser’s The Mummy series which are clearly there for entertainment purposes, as well as carry the storyline. But it is Miss Taylor’s conviction to her role as the passenger to a simple crew of people staying overnight in an extreme mansion dwelling, and experiencing phenomanon that makes the movie proud. She is borderline losing it as she is almost conviced by her crew members that what she is experiencing is not real, but the dwellings within will not let her go! And it’s up to her to find out why.” 5 stars

“when will modern American directors learn that showing everything and leaving NOTHING to the imagination does not a good horror film make, Don’t they realize that what we as an audience imagine in our own thoughts is infinitely more terrorizing than showing us what they presume to be so with their CGI. I agree that the 1960 something film was better. ” 1 star

“This movie has great special effects and is pretty scary at times if you have a good subwoofer system that will punch those “thuds” right through your chest. Also, Catherine Zeta-Jones is sizzling hot in this movie. That’s the good points. Now here’s the review. This movie’s screenplay was horrible. The characters had ridiculous dialogue with bad timing which made for a lot of stupid and ambiguous scenes. The protagonist, Eleanor, can’t act AND has bad lines/poor delivery. Catherine Zeta-Jones’ character is a little much to say the least; overdone as a bisexual extrovert with redundant wit. The story really has promise, but was “a big swing and a miss” as a movie production. This is a perfect example of a movie that should have been a book.” 3 stars

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