House on Haunted Hill script
Synopsis: A millionaire with theatrical tendencies, Stephen Price (Geoffrey Rush) invites a number of people to stay in a vast creepy building that used to be an insane asylum. Stephen, accompanied by his bitter wife, Evelyn (Famke Janssen), offers a million dollars to anyone who can stay the whole night without leaving out of fear. When Stephen and Evelyn become trapped with their guests, they quickly realize that the house really is haunted -- and the spirits dwelling within are very angry.

VOICE OF PATHE:

October 11, 1931: Los Angeles!

Dithering, Bernard Herrmann-like strings swell up.

CUT TO (B&W)

A PATHE NEWS HEADLINE CARD: "HOSPITAL OF HORROR!"

CUT TO (B&W)

EXT. THE HOUSE - NIGHT - NEWSREEL FOOTAGE

A WHIPLASH PAN from the ocean to a GRANITE BUILDING high atop

the Pacific Palisades. Smoke and flames shoot from every

window and door as Firemen look on helplessly.

VOICE OF PATHE:

A conflagration of Biblical

proportions incinerates nearly

everything and every one inside

what was once Tinsel Town's most

celebrated psychiatric facility:

The Vannacutt Neuropathic

Institute. But the secret this

inferno burned free was far more

frlghtening than any picture that

Hollywood could ever produce!

CUT TO (B&W):

EXT. THE HOUSE - MORNING - NEWSREEL FOOTAGE

L.A. Sheriff's and Coroner's Investigators poking through the

Institute....

INT. THE HOUSE - VARIOUS ROOMS - MORNING - NEWSREEL FOOTAGE

QUICK CUTS OF GRUESOME IMAGES:

-- BODIES manacled to walls; rows of SKULLS riddled with

drill-holes; a huge VAT filled with blood

VOICE OF PATHE:

-- a Sanitarium of Slaughter supervised

by a surgeon gone mad --

CUT TO (B&W)

ECU -- a formal PHOTOGRAPH of the man himself, mustache

waxed, eyes intense as a mesmerist's, seeming to stare a hole

right through us --

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Dick Beebe

Dick Beebe was a writer and actor, known for House on Haunted Hill (1999), Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) and Rocky Marciano (1999). He died on June 20, 2008 in New York, USA. more…

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