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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 opens with a great sequence revealing the dark and violent history of Hill House. If only the rest of the film was so effective.
The characters are the film's downfall. Eleonore (Julie Harris) is the main focus. She's mentally unstable due to spending her life alienated and looking after her sick mother, who just recently passed. We hear her thoughts through voice-over extensively throughout the film. And at times it works well, expressing her paranoia, fear, and ultimate insanity. But it quickly becomes frustratingly redundant. Dr. John Markway (Richard Johnson) is researching paranormal activity, and acquires permission to use Hill House for his study. His character is the cliche charming British intellectual. When his wife arrives late in…
The music's great, the camerawork is great, the lighting is great, even the campy voiceover is great because Julie Harris was actually up with Bacall, Streep, Hayworth, Gish, Stanwyck and the two Hepburns as one of the best English-language film actresses of the 20th century. This almost tops her performance in The Belle of Amherst.
Robert Wise took a break between his two musical behemoths, West Side Story and The Sound of Music, to make this nifty little horror film. Do you remember when you were a child and you heard a noise while you were in bed, but you were too terrified to turn around to see what it was? This movie perfectly captures that gooseflesh feeling. The camera angles and deep focus photography are very Wellesian, a reminder that Wise was the assistant on Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons. Some people regard this as the greatest of all movie ghost stories, but it's not that good. I prefer Jack Clayton's The Innocents, also shot in my favorite format, CinemaScope and black and white. Neither one is great, but they would make a spooky Halloween double feature.
Sicher unkonventionell im Einsatz der Kamera, aber in der Summe wenig mitreißend und unausgegoren. Nicht der erwartete Klassiker.
Much has been made of the terrific use of subtlety in The Haunting–few films so confidently fulfill the audience’s perverse desire to be terrified by doing so little. But that almost seems to undermine its heavily stylized tendencies, from the Wellesian prologue and deep focus camerawork to its articulation of Julie Harris’ rapidly deteriorating mental state. Although it shows very little, what it does show is an absolute feast. Davis Boulton’s cinematography (and certainly the direction of Robert Wise, who worked on Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons) makes terrific use of the wide-angle lens, using the warped dimensions on the edges of the frame to further suggest Hill House’s sentient, ever-changing quality. One of the best shots foregrounds a…
Three paranormal investigators and a non-believing cad hole up in haunted Hill House, with tragic results. The granddaddy of all haunted house movies, this big, spooky thriller still delivers the chills after all these years. A bit high-strung at times, with Humphrey Searle’s by-the-throat score a major culprit—but Harris and Bloom are terrific, and Wise’s masterful use of widescreen (along with Davis Boulton’s DP duties) is unsurpassed in the genre. Make sure you watch it in the night… in the dark. Remade in 1999.
Love the viewer dissociation of the first ten minutes. It feels a lot like watching an American Horror Story episode in the way it subverts normative viewing with an overemphasis on canted angles and shots with no direct objects. Of course, THE HAUNTING is better executed, with a sly yet-undetermined narrator leading us through what we’re seeing and the shots actually having reason, where AHS just feels determined by subversion only. Standout shots are putting the viewer in the victim’s eyes and the high angle in the library.
The rest of the movie is shot with fairly straightforward continuity editing. The ‘haunts’ each have a different montage, constantly creating new atmospheres, which is certainly exciting and scary. My personal favorite…
A very effectively creepy film that very much dabbles in depression and regret. Perfect film to watch after having a really bad first date, as you'll be too weirded out to remember how things went.
So basically The Children's Hour in haunted-house drag. Have to dig out my copy of The Celluloid Closet... Elevated out of all unlikely proportion by Harris' obsessive turn, Wise's masterly manipulation of the bells and whistles, and the robotic monologue of Rosalie Crutchley's caretaker/cook. "In the night. In the dark."
Is Russ Tamblyn's tippling heir the worst all-time comic relief in an 'A' picture?
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
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