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Return to House On Haunted Hill is a 2007 movie. It is the Direct-to-Video sequel to the House On Haunted Hill remake. In contrast to its completely scripted predecessor, this one allows the viewer to determine the outcome of the film.


Return to House on Haunted Hill has examples of:

  • Artifact of Doom: The cursed statue of Baphomet, which is the reason why Dr. Vannacutt's mental asylum is haunted by its previous inhabitants.
  • Baphomet: His statue is causing all the problems.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Played with Warren, who is first of Desmond's crew to be killed by the ghosts.
  • Bury Your Gays: Harue is a lesbian, and gets killed by Dr. Vannacutt.
    • However in an inversion of the trope, she is also the only villain that can live, depending on the choices you make. In an even harder inversion, having her not resist the lesbian ghosts advances is what saves her life.
  • Cure Your Gays: Two of the ghosts are lesbians, presumably assigned to the asylum for this reason.
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  • Death by Pragmatism: One of the possible choices viewers can make, amusingly enough. The pragmatic choice gets everyone slaughtered in seconds. Genre Savvy viewers should know better.
  • Exact Words: "You'll never have to work another day in your life" because I'm going to rip your brain out.
  • Fanservice: A pair of female ghosts strip and start getting it on with Harue.
  • Final Girl: Averted again, both Ariel and Paul survive.
    • In the Gamebook version, viewers can play this trope straight, invert it, or give it a Kill 'Em All ending.
  • Gamebooks: The unrated DVD features technology which allows you to change the decision made by a character, and thereby radically alter outcome of the movie. There are 96 total ways the movie can play out.
  • Genre Savvy:
    Kyle: "Wait. Did you really just suggest that we split up? In a Haunted House?"
  • Gutted Like a Fish: A henchman tries to break down a wall with a pickaxe, only to have a ghost's arm break out and tear open his stomach before pulling the victim into the hole.
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  • Heroic Sacrifice: Kyle jumps (or swims) in front of Ariel to save her from a ghost, but is then drowned himself.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: Desmond suggests it in the beginning of the film. Kyle immediately points out what a bad idea it is, but is ignored.
  • MacGuffin: The statue of Baphomet, a valuable artifact which is sought out by Desmond and his crew.
  • Shout-Out: Within the second film, the director works in two different allusions to Lucas films from Hammer with him commenting that Desmond "was once a pupil of his" and then later proclaiming that the Baphomet idol "belongs in a museum" in rapid succession.
  • The Stinger: After the end credits, an additional scene shows a hapless couple finding the statue of Baphomet washed on a beach. If Harue survived, she then shows up, kills them both, and takes Baphomet herself.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Sara is found to be dead at the beginning of the film. As her sister Ariel discovers, Desmond killed her.
  • Tear Off Your Face: The sole female member of Desmond's crew has her face cut off by the ghost of Dr. Vannacutt.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: At the beginning, Sara is identified as the sole survivor of the infamous massacre at Stephen Price's party. There is no mention of Eddie, even though he was last seen on the roof of the asylum with Sara, having survived the night.
  • Your Head Asplode: A victim demonstrates what happens to a head when it's crushed by a safe.

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