Reviewed by: Gabe Rodriguez
“House on Haunted Hill” is a poorly made remake of the 1958 Vincent Price classic of the same name. The storyline revolves around a group of five strangers being offered $1 million to stay the night in a “haunted” house. If they are still alive come morning, they get the dough. If not, well, isn’t it obvious? Wasted stars, a bad script, tons of gore, and poor special effects help turn the potential for a good thriller into a bad horror flick.
Objections include much profanity, especially in the first half hour or so; a ton of supernatural violence and a mass amount of gory murders (including a few stabbings, a beheading, a near drowning in a vat of blood, etc.) Sex related material is surprisingly restrained for an R-rated movie, with a few nightmarish images of non-sexual female nudity and a few sex related comments. Occultic and spiritual material is rather objectionable as well, with a lot of ghostly talk and sights involving the spirits of the dead residing in the house that used to be an insane asylum. This film is NOT appropriate for anyone under 15 or so, and even that is pushing it.
Overall, “House on Haunted Hill” is a non-suspenseful gore-fest with few surprises and only a couple of likeable characters. Its content is quite offensive and won’t take a liking to most Christians unless they are the die hard horror fans type (which I haven’t met a lot of). Take my advice: it’s a B-movie, and B stands for Bad.