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Liam doesn't stand a ghost of a chance; THE HAUNTING (12).

THIS film sets itself up to be a cross between The House and Carrie and ends up more like Beetlejuice without the humour.

Liam Neeson stars as a naughty scientist who lures a group of insomniacs to a creepy old house pretending he wants to study their sleepless condition. But really he wants to put the fear of God into them and see what happens.

Little does he know the house he chooses really is haunted.

Lili Taylor plays the home help who is lured to the house and becomes a conduit for all the ghostly goings-on.

Too much of the film is taken up showing us the house - admittedly it is beautiful - with its huge fireplace, ornate doors and ceilings and countless cherubs. But it isn't remotely scary, because what director Jan De Bont fails to realise is that there is nothing more terrifying than the unknown.

The dialogue is inane and the only performance of any note comes from indie queen Taylor in her first Hollywood blockbuster.

She comes across as a terrified, Carrie-type character who loses her mind, but through her good deeds finds it again.

RATING 5
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 31, 2000
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