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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…
Great set design and cinematography really help to sell this film as a chilling haunted house movie. Robert Wise's direction is sound, but unfortunately the acting is less than stellar.
It's a good movie, but it loses some steam at times. The opening prologue/montage may be the best scene in the film, which is awesome, but kind of disappointing.
This is another film that I saw the remake before the original,and I have to say I enjoyed this original more.The Haunting is a good film.That I think works better in black and white.Black and white adds a nice noir type feel.
The thrills are intriguing and smartly played out.It's an interesting psychological film.A film that uses camera tricks and angles add to the overall style and horror of the film.The drama aspects are iffy at times,but it doesn't wear down the film.It's an old school movie and I enjoy that about it.
52 years later and this film still frightens many people, myself included. It's impossible to not notice the thought-provoking conversations between those who believe and disbelieve in the supernatural. The discussions are far ahead of their time and still feel relevant today in regards to the mystery of an afterlife. The performances of the actors were remarkable, particularly Julie Harris and her hysterics. Not only does the film venture into the horror of a supernatural haunting, it also delves into a person succumbing to guilt, thus being 'haunted' by your own consciousness. Such an intelligent and frightening film. It absolutely cannot be surpassed.
I feel like I can appreciate how gay this movie is much better as an adult.
Came very highly recomended but ultimately delivered little on the first watch.
Lots of scenes were great though, very memorable but there wasn't enough meat in the story to grip me.
i want to be gripped.
Perfect dark brooding tone creates a chilling supernatural atmosphere.
Number 20 of My Favourite Films of All Time
Highlight: The intense psychological tension throughout the film, the original spooky gothic haunted house setting and the unseen force of evil that leaves the viewer to imagine what the terror actually is.
Thumbs Up: The first half is great, packed with great camera work, awesome production design, and a fun character dynamic between the four protagonists. And best of all are the genuinely effective frights - not all horror films of this era have maintained their ability to scare, but The Haunting still had me glued to the screen in shock on more than one occasion.
Thumbs Down: Unfortunately it flubs the obvious stuff - absolutely NOTHING happens in the second half and rather than develop the "experiments" the team is supposedly doing or add in some mystery, the film is content to spin its tyres on the same day-night cycle and have its characters start shifting personalities randomly like their dialogue was being written via madlibs.
The Haunting is a terrific exercise in old-school horror, combining an intense atmosphere, tricks of the mind, and subtlety to create a genuinely unnerving and complex horror film, with flawless direction from Robert Wise, excellent performances, and compelling characters.
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