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.

-- two people in surgical scrubs: the moustached Doctor

named VANNACUTT and a FEMALE NURSE wielding a 16mm camera. As

the two whip around, startled by the shouts, we see the

object of their ministrations: A PATIENT on a gurney being

filmed as his internal organs are slowly and methodically

extracted -- while still alive.

And then all hell breaks loose as the WOLF PACK descends:

DR. VANNACUTT manages to yank down a LEVER on the wall

labeled "Lockdown" before he's swallowed by the Mob;

From somewhere in the house, we hear heavy gear, cables and

doors loudly shutting down the house.

The NURSE is clubbed to the floor with her own camera. And

amidst all the vengeful shouts and wails, a curious thing


As one of the Patients picks up the Nurse's blood-spattered

camera and puts it to his eye, the image on screen abruptly



-- and dead silence -- and we find ourselves watching old

soundless 16mm footage of what happened next: a blur of

scalpels and saws as the Patients viciously vivisect

Vannacutt and Nurse, who've been crammed together on that

same gurney. The B&W CAMERA PUSHES IN TIGHT on Vannacutt's

screaming maw -- and suddenly we hear SOUND AGAIN --

-- but, for some reason, it's not a human cry, but the

CROWING OF A ROOSTER -- and when we PULL BACK OUT we see that

what we're now watching is the Crowing Rooster and four

blazing camera lenses that was the logo of the old PATHE

NEWSREEL. The stentorian VOICE OF PATHE booms OVER:

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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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