Yet another horror remake for our Halloween countdown and what better remake for Hidden Horrors then the underrated 1999 remake of the William Castle classic, which many horror fans undeservedly bash because of its tone and ending. Why you ask? I have no fucking clue why my fellow horror fans hate the tone of this film. To me it’s awesome but i’ll get to that later.
A group of seemingly unrelated guests try to win a million bucks by surviving a night in an abandoned asylum. What’s supposed to only have the trappings of an everyday dark ride becomes much more sinister: The asylum has a terrible history and the spirits of those who suffered there have apparently never left.
What works so well for this movie is that the tone and style of William Malone’s direction. It is wonderfully ghoulish and gruesome, with nightmarish ghosts and one particular hallucination scene that you’ll be convinced is from a mental patients nightmares. The whole film is pretty much a ghoulish haunting movie combined with a gruesome “Hellraiser” like movie then topped off with a gory mad doctor movie. If you ever wanted to see a gruesome, gory and nightmarish haunted house movie, then this is it. It’s too bad it’s so underrated. Horror fans should give this film another chance.
-James J. Coker