House on Haunted Hill ★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Me: I don't remember Jeffrey Combs in this??
Combs: [dies 5 minutes in]
Me: Ah.

I spent the whole film waiting for Eddie to die, but not only was the one Black man one of the titular characters and love interest in the film, but he made it! I wish that wasn't such a shocking, pleasant surprise but here we are.

It's certainly not one to surpass the original, but I do appreciate that despite the 'haunted asylum' setting it was never about the mentally ill and making them scary, which was also a surprise and a relief. If anything they just highlighted repeatedly that it was the ""doctor"" and his inhumane treatment that was the issue, and then selfish desires and backstabbing of course. It does lean too hard into grimdark most of the time, but it has moments and Geoffrey Rush is really entertaining.

tw/cw: There are SO many flashing sequences so major epilepsy warning
Spousal abuse
blood/gore/body horror