The Haunting (1999)

Haunting, The (1999, USA) C-113m. SCOPE ** D: Jan de Bont. Starring Lily Taylor, Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, Bruce Dern, Virginia Madsen Todd Field, Michael Cavanaugh. Scientist Neeson gathers three research subjects at a castle, pretending to study their sleeping problems. In fact, he wants to study their behavior in situations that create fear. Little does he expect the house to be haunted, and Taylor soon starts to have strange visions. Well-made chiller is good for over an hour, then falls apart as Taylor battles the evil spirit and suspense is forgotten. An okay view, with an impressive setting. Loosely based on the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, which was filmed before in 1963. Score by Jerry Goldsmith. Samuel Z. Arkoff and Steven Spielberg were among the executive producers.


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