Your favorite horror film remake.
The original movie was a little boring and the story was a little cheesy. The only thing that the original had going for it was Vincent Price. I love Vincent Price, but let's face it, he's been in his fair share of stinkers. The original wasn't his worst film, but there was a lot of material that needed improvement.
The remake takes the original premise, recasts it and updates the story to modern day. In and of itself, this is not a drastic improvement. What works here is the special effects. The original would have been a much better movie if there was an effects budget that didn't smell of a seventies UHF channel Saturday matinee movie.
Inspired casting choices include Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Geoffrey Rush (Quills), Peter Gallagher (American Beauty) and yes, even Chris Kattan (SNL). The film takes place in an abandoned asylum with a shady past. Of course someone want sto throw a lavish party in the location and a million dollar jackpot is offered to anyone who could stay the night.
Each guest was invited for a specific reason, but not to attend a party. The party is locked inside for the evening and the fun ensues. Who's responsible? Does anyone get the million dollars?
"Congratulations. On a scale of one to ten on the perversity meter you just hit a seventy three."