‘Haunted’ treats Hollywood

Preem sets stage for Halloween

Hollywood treated itself to an early Halloween on Wednesday night as Warner Bros. premiered Dark Castle’s “House on Haunted Hill” at Mann’s Village Theater in Westwood. Cast members arrived in hearses whilst scantily clad nurses ushered guests down the red carpet and into the spooky, cobweb-strewn lobby.

Ambulances and fire trucks waited outside — just in case preemgoers couldn’t make it through the horror pic. All this was done in homage to director William Castle, who lensed the original version in 1958. His daughter, Terry Castle, who co-produced the 1999 version, said her dad’s favorite gimmick was “buzzing people’s butts” in “The Tingler.” “I think what Dad wanted was to have moviegoers grab a date and in the end get a good hug out of it,” Castle said.

Those braving the evening included, cast members Famke Janssen, Chris Kattan, Ali Larter, Bridgette Wilson with escort Pete Sampras and director William Malone.

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