The Haunting (1999) (Paramount Presents) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

The Haunting (1999) (Paramount Presents) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

The Haunting (1999) (Paramount Presents) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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The Haunting (1999) (Paramount Presents) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Jan de Bont
Starring: Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson
RATED: PG-13/REGION A/2.35/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Paramount

In this edge-of-your-seat supernatural thriller, a study in fear escalates into a heart-stopping nightmare for a professor and three subjects trapped in a mysterious mansion. For over a century, the dark and forbidding Hill House has sat alone and abandoned… or so it seemed. Intrigued by the mansion’s storied past, Dr. Marrow (Liam Neeson, The Grey) lures his three subjects – Theo (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago), Nell (Lili Taylor, The Conjuring) and Luke (Owen Wilson, The Royal Tenenbaums) – to the site for a seemingly harmless experiment. But, from the moment of their arrival, Nell seems mysteriously drawn to the house… and the attraction is frighteningly mutual. When night descends, the study goes horrifyingly awry s the subjects discover the haunting secrets that live within the walls of Hill House.

Did you fine folks know that there were movies about Hill House long before the actual Netflix series that got everyone all talking? Well, there were more than one but one in particular that used the legend of that house was The Haunting. Or a movie that I for some reason keep getting mixed up with House on Haunted Hill. I’m not sure why I do that but before I watched this and I had thought I had already seen it and I had but it wasn’t the one I was remembering, that one was House on Haunted Hill. This one deals with luring people who can’t sleep into the house only to flip the script on them and give them something that they weren’t prepared for. Oddly enough, everyone gets what they aren’t ready for in this one and that’s kind of what makes this one what it is. Does it do anything that is groundbreaking? Not really, but it’s a solid movie and solid goes a long way even if I got this one all mixed up with another movie before re-watching it here for this review.

This one is perhaps it’s most solid due to its cast. We have Liam Neeson being a real bastard, which I’m not really used to him being a bastard in a movie so that’s new and it works for me. We have Catherine Zeta-Jones being, well, hot and that’s perfectly fine for me. We also have Owen Wilson being our comedic relief and while he’s not in any way giving us a memorable character or performance like he usually does in Wes Anderson movies, he does okay here. But the main lead is played by Lili Taylor who after being her mother’s caregiver is here still dealing with those issues and being easily the best character and such here. This one has some thrills and chills. As I said, it is solid! This comes to us from the fun Paramount Presents line from Paramount and is a lot of fun.

Extras

–          Filmmaker Focus: Director Jan de Bont on The Haunting                     

–          Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

–          Theatrical Teaser

–          Theatrical Trailer

Quality of Transfer: 95%

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