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''The Haunting'' is a 1999 remake of Robert Wise's [[Film/TheHaunting1963 masterpiece]] with LiamNeeson, LiliTaylor, Owen Wilson, and Catherine Zeta Jones.

Nell, Luke and Theo are invited to Hill House to partake in a sleep study directed by Dr. Marrow. The frightening old house seems to have a life of its own and terrifies the participants with strange happenings in the night.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: Eleanor shouts, "Who was holding my hand?" in homage to one of the original's creepiest moments. Problem is, the context is completely different and there's absolutely no reason for her to be saying it, although the circumstances could imply [[NightmareFuel it was Hugh Crain doing so]].
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Hill House, in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, is described as being nine miles from its nearest neighbor. There is no location in the Berkshires that is anywhere close to being so isolated. Even one mile would be unrealistic.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Nell''': Well, I've come home [[spoiler:Grandpa]]. And you--you can go straight to Hell!
* BiTheWay: In the original, there's a ''vague'' sense of LesYay between the two female leads. The original had [[ValuesDissonance good reason]] to keep it purely subtext, but times change. In the remake, Theo is openly bisexual and [[{{Polyamory}} polyamorous]], casually mentioning as one of her first lines that she has both a boyfriend and a girlfriend. During the rest of the story, she keeps making overt but benevolent and rather chivalrous attempts to seduce Nell. This may have been helped along by the fact that right after first resisting her advances, the first thing Nell does is show her her bedroom...
* BlankSlate: Nell again, and [[ShoutOut referenced]] by Theo when she calls her a blank canvas: "I could paint your portrait right on you..."
* BuryYourGays: Theo is set up as the slut as well as the gay person in a way that make it clear to the GenreSavvy viewer that she'll be one of the first to die. [[spoiler:Surprise surprise, it's a trick. She turns out to be the morally upstanding EthicalSlut, and she does survive.]]
* CaptainObvious: Owen Wilson's entire role. "That staircase won't hold your weight!"
* ChekhovsGun: The doors and their inscription.
* ClosedCircle: The gates are locked every night when the Dudleys leave and, as in both the book and the original movie, they stay in town since "no one will come any closer than that" and "they couldn't even hear" if they needed help. In a concession to the modern setting, Dr. Marrow has a cell phone for emergencies (and he uses it to call the hospital before Todd leaves with Mary), but this is, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy conveniently enough]], broken during Marrow's rescue of fugue-state Nell from the rickety wrought-iron staircase.
* ContinuityNod: The sound effect used for the pounding upon the doors is the same one used in the original movie.
* CreepyCircusMusic: As one reviewer put it, "Because no horror movie would be complete without creepy circus music." [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by Hugh Crain having built the house (supposedly) for children to live and play in, hence a rotating carousel room.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler:Nell]]
* DeathByAdaptation: Luke. [[spoiler:Like in the original, Nell dies too, but in a completely different manner.]]
* DemBones: What Nell discovers in the fireplace.
* DiedHappilyEverAfter: [[spoiler:Nell]] dies confronting the ghost of Hugh Crain, who kept the spirits of the children he killed imprisoned in the house. He is banished to Hell, and [[spoiler:her]] spirit joins those of the children as they all float up to Heaven. What makes this unusual (and a bit disturbing) is that thanks to the earlier scene in the mirror carousel room which implies reincarnation, it isn't clear if it is [[spoiler:Nell]]'s spirit or [[spoiler:Carolyn]]'s that ascends.
* DissonantSerenity: Nell, for a good portion of the movie. It's genuinely creepy.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Nell, who is often barefoot.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The assault upon Nell in her bedroom by Hugh Crain--his ghost plunges down from the ceiling toward her with a wide, leering mouth ([[{{Squick}} filled with many grasping arms]], no less), while the bed is pulled toward him and Nell is held pinned in place by [[RefugeInAudacity numerous long, thin wooden spikes decorated with barbs]]. WordOfGod described the ceiling moving downward and [[DoubleEntendre the spikes growing longer]] as a manifestation of Nell's claustrophobia, but [[FreudWasRight hmmm]]... See also HeirClubForMen.
* DullSurprise: The reactions of most of the actors to the CGI, but particularly Dr. Marrow and Luke during the rescue of Nell from the bedroom assault.
* DysfunctionalFamily: Nell's.
* EthicalSlut: Theo.
* TheEyesHaveIt: The stained-glass windows in the scene where Crain assaults Nell in her bedroom, complete with RedEyesTakeWarning. More subtle examples occur when statues shift their eyes or turn their heads out of view of the characters; an easily missed one occurs with the hooded statue which Theo, Luke, and Marrow pass as they race to find Nell in the nursery.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: One of the guests was about to tell the others that there's more to the story of the house, but then a harpsichord wire suddenly broke and cut her eye.
* {{Gaslighting}}: Variation - instead of trying to drive the participants of his study mad (though that ends up being the ultimate effect for Nell anyway), Dr. Marrow is attempting to use a fake sleep study as a smokescreen to frighten them and then examine the results. There's plenty of carefully constructed tales to help put the idea of haunting in their heads, the dispensing of some of it to the ladies and some to Luke to encourage mistrust and suspicion, denial of events as having a natural, rational explanation or simply being imagination, and so on. The attitude behind this is exemplified when Marrow tells his supervisor, [[ManipulativeBastard "You don't tell the rats they're actually in a maze!"]] and, even after Nell starts descending into madness, still continues making recordings about what's happening.
* GeniusLoci: The house is a particularly frightening one.
* GenreSavvy: Early on, Theo and Nell comment on the beauty of the house. Luke cynically remarks that he thinks it was all PR and that Hugh Crain was really some mean old tycoon who worked kids like slaves in his textile mills. Ironically, he's probably the closest to the truth at that point.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: A study on fear (disguised as one on sleep) and the psychological implications of this (and Nell's insane reactions to it) turns into a horror-filled action piece where the characters have to figure out how to end a haunting, or at least escape it alive.
* HeirClubForMen: Crain's reason for wanting Nell to stay at Hill House, first implied by Carolyn/Nell's pregnant reflection in the carousel room, then made graphically explicit in the bedroom assault scene.
* AHouseDivided: Before the phenomena become undeniably real, much of this occurs--Nell and Theo hear the pounding but Luke and Marrow don't, blaming it on faulty plumbing, Nell is disbelieved when she thinks the flue is something else, and when the message defaces the painting, Luke and Theo turn on each other while Nell blames everyone. This last scene is particularly effective since, as the viewer soon learns the children's ghosts painted the message, when Marrow asks which of them did it he genuinely doesn't know the answer--so as far as he knows, one of them is indeed secretly plotting to raise the fear factor.
-->'''Nell:''' Whoever did it... it's cruel.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Much like in the original film, Theo calls out Eleanor for being a possible AttentionWhore... which Theo has pretty much been the entire time.
* InNameOnly: [[http://braineater.com/haunting99.html This site]] makes a case for this film not being a remake of ''Film/TheHaunting1963'' but of ''Film/TheLegendOfHellHouse''.
* IronicNurseryTune: There's one Nell hums a lot, which [[{{Foreshadowing}} turns out to be]] a song played by the music box in the nursery.
* JerkAss: Nell's sister. After their mother dies she evicts Nell because she can't make rent, and offers her the choice of becoming a live-in-nanny or pretty much living on the streets. Then she gives her an old car like it's an act of immense charity. Nell quite satisfyingly tells her to go fuck herself.
* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler:Nell, to the children, Carolyn, and Hugh Crain, or vice versa.]]
* MindScrew: Instead of the book and first movie's questioning of Nell's sanity and whether the haunting is actually real, this version plays with Nell's ancestry and her relation to the house. In two very surreal scenes, Nell has an identity crisis [[spoiler:(possibly brought on by her being her great-great-grandmother reincarnated)]] and can't even recognize her own face in the mirror, then discovers that the locked nursery where Carolyn had her baby looks exactly like her own mother's bedroom back in the city. This last could be explained by the house's GeniusLoci mirroring what was obsessing and haunting Nell's own mind, which has rather disturbing implications...
* MissingTrailerScene: There's a brief scene when Nell and Theo are exploring the house and discover false doors that open up to brick walls.
* OffWithHisHead: Poor Owen Wilson.
* OminousMusicBoxTune: In the locked nursery.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Nell's necklace, it turns out.
* PaterFamilicide: A particularly disturbing variation: Hugh Crain, the EccentricMillionaire who built Hill House, not only seems to have killed or [[DrivenToSuicide driven his wife to her death]] (and the second one too), but the children from the mills whom he 'adopted' were also slain by him, or else allowed to waste away due to neglect. So even though, presumably, the mitigation of what ruined his life (no offspring) should have made him happy and fulfilled, the industrialist instead destroys the very thing he'd been seeking for so long.
* PsychicLink: Nell seems to have one with the children's ghosts, possibly Carolyn and Hugh Crain as well.
* PsychicPowers: Aside from Nell, both Marrow's snide commentary and her own reactions to the house imply his assistant Mary has these too. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Which may be why she was injured and made to flee the house]].
* SceneryPorn: The sets of the house itself are intricate and ''gorgeous''.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Nell's quest to free the children from the mills.
* SpookyPainting: Of Hugh Crain; it becomes even worse when the defacing somehow smears/eats away the paint so that his face becomes a skull.
* TemptingFate: Luke really shouldn't have attacked Hugh Crain's painting...
* ThighHighBoots: Theo dons a pair from Prada (Milan, not New York!) in her early scenes. As she tells Nell, "[[FashionHurts They're killing me]]...Small price to pay for such [[GroinAttack savage kicks]]."
* TheVoiceless: Only one of the two assistants spoke more than a line or two, not that they're relevant to the story anyway. Lampshaded, perhaps, by the character having [[TheDanza the same first name as his actor]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Marrow, for hiding the nature of the study and how he treats his victims. While Luke begins the suspicions of the good doctor's motives, and Nell is justifiably upset, it's Theo who calls him on it, and satisfyingly so.