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You may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny terror
Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity.
One of the most unsettling films of its time that has managed to hold up astonishingly well after all these years & still retains enough strength to surprise the newcomers, The Haunting is an incredibly tense, highly effective & intensely moody psychological horror that makes excellent use of its eerie atmosphere to instantly grab the viewer's attention & keeps them guessing from start to finish.
The Haunting tells the story of a small team of paranormal investigators who, in order to prove the existence of ghosts, decide to carry out their next research at Hill House; a notorious mansion having a lurid history of violent deaths & insanity. Although initially elated to capture many supernatural phenomenas around the house, trouble begins when one of…
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Oh seven hells. The Haunting could have been so much, so much, so much better without the voice-over. Let the characters show what they're thinking instead of saying it! Hearing Eleanor (Julie Harris) unconvincingly trying to convince me that she's losing her mind is just too tiresome. (But wait, voice-overs are used extensively in Fight Club too but I didn't find them annoying. I might be biased.) Still, the cinematography is aesthetically pleasing. With the absence of static camera shots and unusual pans, Davis Boulton had succeeded in creating a truly haunting atmosphere. Oh yes.
Though considered the scariest horror film of all time by Martin Scorsese and many others, I find Haunting rather…
Look, I know the supernatural is something that isn't supposed to happen, but it does happen.
-Dr. John Markway
In 1999 I caught The Haunting in theaters, a remake directed by Jan de Bont with a ridiculously good cast (on paper anyways). The film left me emotionally scarred, not because of frights but because of pure awfulness. Worst of all it left me with no interest in seeking out the original film.
Finally 15 years later I realized that the 1963 Haunting was directed by none other then Robert Wise, a man that seemed determined to make classics in every genre he could get his hands on. This is hardly his first horror film, in fact he directed Boris Karloff…
Less is always more. Our imagination is far worse than any special effect. We have heard these plenty of times before and The Haunting is a perfect example that proves these theories true.
The house itself is given fantastic little details such as cluttered rooms, endless doors, mirrors that offer wonderful reflections and angles and a lack of windows that never allow us to identity whether it's day or night. However, what is more significant is the fact that the supernatural is never physically shown that is exactly what makes the film as terrifying as it is. The chilling and claustrophobic atmosphere sets up situations for your imagination to go wild. There are unidentifiable noises in the night, doors that…
"Doc, I'll let you have the house cheap."
The Haunting is an effective piece of horror because it does more with less. Instead of showing off a ghost or monster, it lets audio and creepy (non-ghoulish) visuals do all the talking. When the "pounding" scene occurs (get your mind out of the gutter!), I was legitimately creeped out because the audio was perfectly implemented.
I saw the "remake" of The Haunting when it first came out on VHS all those years ago and I remember that six-year old me hated it; I was afraid of its quality more than the ghosts. I was worried that this original version would follow the same plotline as the…
i'll tell ya, all those new style Jason Blum produced spook house movies should be thanking Robert Wise in their end credits as The Haunting wrote the book on that stuff. Haunting is a work of pure genius as it still scares THE SHIT out of viewers with just spooky noises and weird shapes on a wall. the movie gets freaky deaky in 2014 and i can't imagine the screams that were going down in theaters in 63. Fantastic stuff.
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Robert Wise has had a historical film career, directing a wide variety of pictures such as The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, The Magnificent Ambersons and even an Academy Award nomination for Best Editing for Citizen Kane.
The Haunting, fitting between West Side Story and The Sound of Music, is more than just a haunted house film, it's a psychological thriller with plot twists and turns as crooked as the house itself. The fear of the unknown in both a physical and mental sense clash to create an unnerving movie watching experience where people question what is real and what is a hallucination.
We don't fully understand what…
Such great memories of watching this in the dark!
I found this movie very slow and uneventful. Not much happens although I found myself comparing it to the remake done in 1999. It was nice to Moneypenny in the movie, Lois Maxwell. Claire Bloom and Julie Harris' characters are not very likeable.
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In The Haunting, a group of people go to investigate Hill House, an isolated New England mansion whose every owner died in some sort of freak accident and said to haunt the manor.
Dr. John Markway, a British-born academic specialising in anthropology but with a sideline as a paranormal investigator, invites a small group of volunteers to stay in the house. Scientists in horror films are often portrayed as initially sceptical about supernatural phenomena, only to be proved wrong by events. (For obvious reasons: nobody wants to see a film about a "haunted" house that turns out not to be haunted after all). Markway, however, takes the opposite position; he believes in the paranormal…
I can see why this is consider a bit of a classic in the genre, it has gorgeous black and white photography, solid direction and some marvelous set designs. Problem is, the characters are not interesting enough to be a charater-driven film, like The Old Dark House, and the scares are just not as creepy as other movies that came later. Mostly for horror fans who are doing historical research.
A delightfully creepy symphony of dutch angles, extreme bird's eye view and worm's eye view shots, sinister sound effects, and carefully controlled editing, Robert Wise plays the haunted house and the emotions of his characters with such expertise that it's easy to overlook the small flaws in the script.
I was surprised at how well this tracked the Shirley Jackson book. A lot of horror movies take the book jacket blurb and the name of a couple main characters and run with it. But Julie Harris as Nell really retains the main character's innocence and awkwardness. She's inadequate to the challenge of social interaction after a decade spent at home with a bedridden mother, an awkwardness thrown into painful relief by the effortless urbanity of Theodora (Claire Bloom), a lesbian from the big city, and the frat bro diffidence of the house's prospective heir, Lance (Russ Tamblyn). The house preys on Nell's feelings of inadequacy and her desire to belong, and thus the film pulls off the same narrative…
The creepy door scene when it seems to be moving and pulsating has got to be one of the coolest effects that I have ever seen.
There are plenty of reasons why this is a superb film, but all of them combined can't explain to my satisfaction why this one spooks me to my core every time I see it.
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