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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 10, 2017
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson & Lili Taylor|
|Performer:||Bruce Dern, Marian Seldes, Todd Field, Virginia Madsen, Alix Koromzay, Michael Cavanaugh & Tom Irwin|
|Directed by||Jan de Bont|
|Edited by||Michael Kahn|
|Screenplay by||David Self|
|Original story by||Shirley Jackson|
|Composition by||Jerry Goldsmith|
|Produced by||Susan Arnold, Donna Arkoff Roth & Colin Wilson|
|Director of Photography:||Karl Walter Lindenlaub|
|Executive Production by||Jan de Bont|
Rating: 1/4 -- ...an adaptation that manages to fare even worse than its subpar source material. Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
The movie soon swerves off course. And by the end, it degenerates into the standard special-effects orgy, with Taylor mouthing schmaltzy Hollywood action-movie catchphrases Full Review
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.
...[Zanetti] has done a masterful job of creating interiors that seem to be alive with menace....The special effects are original and effective...
Rating: 3/5 -- 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.
New York Times
Rating: 2/5 -- With lackluster effects and no atmosphere, this is a horror that horrifies in the wrong way. Full Review
Unfortunately, the film's sets and special effects overwhelm its plot and cast. Full Review
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Jan DeBont (SPEED, TWISTER) remakes Robert Wise's subtle and terrifying 1963 haunted house tale as a computer-effects laden thrill ride. A professor (Neeson) and three subjects (Zeta-Jones and indie heroes Taylor and Wilson) spend an night in an old house with sinister secrets for the sake of a sleep disorder study...but no one gets much sleep. Based on Shirley Jackson's novel.
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