In my previous blog, I promised to feature something Halloween-ish once a week. Nothing major, just a movie I'd watched, a book I'd read, a message I'd been given on my Ouija board from a disembodied spirit. You know, the usual. I'd meant to begin that this coming weekend, but decided, "Why wait?" So, I'm kicking off the Season of the Witch strong, with a fun remake of a horror classic.
I deliberated at length, whether to start Halloween with something light, like "The Frighteners, starring Michael J. Fox, or go full-on, balls-to-the-wall terrifying with something like "The Exorcist," or "Halloween." Eventually, I settled on something in between. What I ended up watch is "House on Haunted Hill."
This remake of the cult classic starring the late, great Vincent Price, stars Geoffrey Rush and Famke Janssen as a twisted couple hosting a birthday party at an abandoned institute for the criminally insane. Five strangers, played by Taye Diggs, Ali Larter, Bridgette Wilson, Peter Gallagher and Chris Kattan are the party-goers, who stand to win $1 million each: if they can survive the night. But the hosts' sick games and growing paranoia among the group of party-goers is nothing compared to a house that's haunted by the ghosts of the psychotically insane former residents.
The "House on Haunted Hill" remake is a fun movie. It's got the usual sudden scares and creaky doors you'd expect. Plus, it's got a bit of humor (Chris Kattan is pretty funny as a descendant of the man who originally ran the institute - a man who just missed being an inmate himself by that much!). And there are some genuinely creepy moments, as well. It's no "The Exorcist," or "The Ring," but it's a solid enough Halloween movie to kick off the Howling Season with. So if you're looking for something with a few laughs as well as a few scares, you just might like this one.
By the way, I do have the original movie, and I will likely be watching it soon. Do though likewise. It's good stuff.