RETURN TO HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
Directed by Victor Garcia
Written by William Massa
Cast: Amanda Righetti, Cerina Vincent, Erik Palladino, Tom Riley, Andrew Lee Potts, Clyta Rainford & Jeffrey Combs
2007/81 mins/Color/Dolby Digital 5.1
2.35:1 anamorphic/English/US/NTSC Region 1
Review from the Warner Bros. DVD
Years ago, five people agreed to spend the night in a supposedly haunted house. The winners would each received one million dollars. Most of them died but of the two who survived the Asylum of Dr.Vannacutt (Combs) their lives would become a nightmare.
Ariel Wolfe is the editor of a famous fashion magazine but also the sister of Sara, one of the two winners who's was just found dead. What first seemed like a suicide hides a terrible secret of a journal that gives the location of the cursed statue of Baphomet, a relic worth millions. Enters Professor Richard and treasure hunter Desmond, two individuals who will stop at nothing to find the statue.
RETURN TO HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, directed by Victor Garcia, is the 2007 sequel to the 1999 remake HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL. In North America the film got a rated and unrated direct-to-video releases, the 'rated' is Rated R for strong bloody horror violence, language and brief sexuality/nudity.
Sorry but this sequel was totally unnecessary. William Malone loose remake of the classic William Castle film was an abomination. This cash-in sequel features a silly plot, typical dumb characters, poorly executed CGI gore sequences, and Jeffrey Combs who's becoming the new Lance Henriksen of DTV craptacular. Thankfully at only 81 minutes, it does goes by fast and we got some hot looking lesbian nurses love and Cerina Vincent which makes the whole thing "watchable".
The film is presented in a 2.35:1 anamorphic aspect ratio. The image looks good with rich color saturation and some intentional grains. The disc feature an English or Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks. For the purpose of this review, I listened to the English one and it was crisp and clear. English, French and Spanish subtitles are available.
In 'Return to House on Haunted Hill Confessionals', the characters of the film talks about themselves and the situations they are facing. Seriously, this has to be one of the worst ideas ever for an extra feature on a DVD. 'The search for an idol: Richard Hammers quest' is another useless "extra" featured on the disc. We get four 'Additional Scenes' and a Mushroom Head music video. We also get trailers for the DVD release of THE MESSENGERS, BLADE RUNNER. The film is separated in 22 chapters; features cool animated menus and come in a keep case with no booklet or inlay card.
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Review by Kim Dubuisson. All Right Reserved. 2007. ©