Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 10 out of 17
  1. 38
    Contains too little of the original's campy spirit and too many whistles, bells, explosions and screams.
  2. Fun for less than 30 of the 80-minute running time.
  3. 30
    It's all a bit of overkill.
  4. 25
    Slow-moving, yawn-inducing remake.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Harrison
    20
    Soon enough, it becomes clear how much this movie disrespects both the audience and the genre.
  6. Reviewed by: Jane Hogan
    20
    Everyone in the film is either annoying or unpleasant.
  7. All the special effects in the world cannot compensate for an inability to generate tension, establish and sustain pace or create any character whose survival is worth rooting for.
  8. If your name's on the marquee, chances are your agent's already dead.
  9. Reviewed by: Sarah Beach
    0
    I would rather feed Jesse Helms a rancid peanut butter sandwich, and then have him slowly lick my face off, than sit through House on Haunted Hill again.
  10. Reviewed by: Todd Doogan
    0
    Lucky for you, it won't cost a thing to get up and walk out at any point after the credits.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Jan 25, 2013
    7
    A fairly good Popcorn horror flick. It's no masterpiece and nowhere near as good as the original. On its own, it is highly entertaining with some masterful & memorable performances by Geoffrey Rush & Famke Janssen. A shame about the the ending as the CG effects are unconvincing and kind of ruin the flow of the narrative up to that point. Practical effects would have been far better in this instance as it worked really well for the rest of the film. Overall: A great movie to watch with a bowl of popcorn at home on a dark and stormy night. Full Review »
  2. Nov 19, 2010
    3
    The horrors of Haunted Hill might have worked for children, but sadly the true horror here is how ridiculous, rickety and perplexing the twist is, and despite the successful, seductive performance by Janssen, this gothic B-movie is a nauseating waste of time. Full Review »