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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…
"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…
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…
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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…
It still scares me to no end....
A masterclass in scare tactics. Sounds, shadows and things that go bump in the night, it has everything and it knows that things imagined are far scarier than things seen. Required viewing for anyone who enjoys and/or makes horror films.
I am not really participating in the usual Halloween movie-rama for October 2013. But I was pleased to see this one show up on TCM this weekend. I always enjoy it.
This viewing, I paid attention to Claire Bloom as Theo, the lesbian-with-ESP. I wanted to watch for the subtextual clues about her orientation. I don't know if I am just a product of a culture than can read the signs better or if I am spoiled by already knowing Theo's sexuality from previous viewings and reading the novel, but it was shockingly obvious.
Bloom is wonderful, though, working with flirty looks and silently communicating a great deal before the "nature's mistake" speech from Nell (a speech which I had…
The Haunting is one of those rare gems that you find that you know you will always cherish.
I honestly loved everything about this film. It did get confusing at times, but it would correct itself. That's what I really enjoyed about this film. It would stray and get itself on course.
The black and white was amazing. Maybe it's been a while since I saw a black and white movie, but it was spectacular in this!
The Haunting is honestly an amazing film. It still is spooky, even though it was made over 50 years ago.
Directed by Robert Wise this film based on the novel “The Haunting of Hill House” stars Julie Harries, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn. Four people head to a house in the country to conduct a real investigation into claims it is haunted.
This film may not have the out right gory shocks modern audiences are used to but it's slow burn of creepy psychological horror works well, especially the protagonists arc fitting in with the larger story. While this may very much be a genre film what you rarely see these days is a horror film that takes more interest in it's characters than using them as stand ins waiting to be killed off. There are a few good special effects but not a huge amount that stands out in the execution as remarkable.
Brilliant camerawork and sound design buoy what is otherwise a strangely uneven film. The screenplay is at times muddled and characters' motivations are rarely made clear. Harris and Bloom deserve credit for their performances, but the poor dialogue robs the movie of a lot of its power.
Otro clásico que me faltaba por ver y otra casa encantada. Los momentos "inquietantes" están muy conseguidos y sin que realmente veas nada en toda la película. Se toma su tiempo en arrancar pero lo compensa luego. Eso sí, la voz en off por parte de los pensamientos de "Eleanor" me molestan bastante.
‘The Haunting’ is some effective psychological horror pulled off with tremendous visual and cinematic acuity. The creepiest part of this might be the lead character’s neurotic, increasingly demented voiceover that runs under every other scene. Fascinating to see the director of ‘West Side Story’ stretch his legs with this.
This was one of the nominations I was really looking forward to in this Hall of Fame. I have heard of this before quite a few times, and generally it just seemed like my type of horror. I like horror in almost all of its forms, but there is something about the drama-centered and smooth horrors, diving in and out of genre-typical elements without showing too much but undoubtedly making its presence known. This seemed like that type of horror film and it also kind of was. I must admit I expected more from it though, but overall it was a fine watch.
The film opened in this weird way that made it seem like the movie was, in some…
This is one of those films that divide horror fans into two camps. It's black and white, atmospheric, rather slow and talky, and most of the horror is suggested rather than explicitly presented. Camp 1 sees that as BORING. Camp 2 sees it as the elements that make it a horror classic, and one of the best haunted house movies ever made. I fall in Camp 2. Plus, there is a school of thought that sees this entire movie as a metaphor for sexual frustration. I definitely see that.
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