All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
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…
"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…
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.
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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.
Though considered the scariest horror film of all time by Martin Scorsese and many others, I find Haunting rather boring, perhaps…
Utilizes the framework of a Haunted House film with more fractured beauty and horrifying plainness than any other in the subgenre. Doors, hallways, and wallpaper manifest into specters of pummeling evil, and along with the wondrous sound design, Robert Wise's The Haunting culminates in a film that morphs into the form of a desperate human soul, searching for escape in endless caverns of parading isolation.
It's a film that reeks of secrets, but hidden under a uniquely classical surface, and like the finest psychological horrors, The Haunting slowly builds to a grand finale of twisty camerawork and matter-of-fact suspense that startles just as much as the continuing stream of moans and whispers. Julie Harris, playing the sheltered protagonist, sells every moment of doubting terror in a performance that binds everything together. She is the eyes and ears of the audience, but what if we can't trust her experiences?
Actually really creepy and quite good. Peolple say that it's based on real events. Mikey keeps telling me that he's going to haunt me (after he's dead) in an effort to prove that ghosts are real. Apparently his plan is to leave a bunch of half drank 40s in my fridge and use up all the toilet paper. Spoooooky. This movie is much scarier than that. Of course though, I still know that ghosts are not real.
"What are you afraid of, Theo?" "Of knowing what I really want"/"This is the first time anything's ever happened to me"
Impressive how terrifying this is on seemingly not-that-elaborate moments (not saying the film as a whole doesn't have its elaborate moments, of which there are several). Also interesting how none of the moments of suspense end in some sort of jump scare (they definitely would nowadays), it just leaves you on the edge of your seat for minutes on end... and then nothing happens. Which is great. Also really love the protagonist finding a purpose in the house, made explicit several times with the line I quoted above.
I've been meaning to check out this classic for quite sometime...Unfortunately I couldn't enjoy it much because I thought Eleanor was just too much of a crybaby lady-child. She is probably in my top 10 most annoying characters from a movie that I have seen.
Coming four years after The House on Haunted Hill and two years after The Innocents, Robert Wises's production bears many of the attributes exhibited by these progenitors.
Offering all the gravitas and intensity of the Mid-Atlantic accent the film's prologue narrated by Dr. Markway offers the sort of authoritarian spirit that comes with the application of reason to supernatural forces. This slightly ham-fisted voice over technique is eventually transferred to Elanor, an at-home caretaker for her mother who recently passed away. By owning this perspective and framing the fantastic occurrences from Elanor's experience makes all the difference in how effective the film's second half unfolds.
Coupled with some bonkers camera work and effective editing intensifies The Haunting's more pedestrian points and the occasional hilariously disproportionate character interactions.
better than the remake
10 January 2016 ★★★★☆
After the abomination that is the 1999 remake, I was hoping that with this film, the brilliant novel would get the adaptation it deserves. Safe to say, it does.
Hill house is captured perfectly in this film, it feels like a character in itself, it looks eerie and uncanny but feels alive. This is mainly due to its superb camera work. Also the sound design and the use of lighting really enhance the unsettling atmosphere of this film. Especially to the presence of Hill House.
The film expresses both the psychological and supernatural element that are present in the book superbly. The film plays with being a frightening haunted house story but also to the mental breakdown of poor Nell. Who is played excellently by Julie Harris. Are the strange occurrences at Hill House supernatural or are they all inside the mind of Nell?
A beautiful looking but rather dull horror.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It is quite refreshing to see old-school horror film that does not use cheap bloodsheds to be scary but let a truly creepy story to scare us. This film tells a story about a group of 'paranormal expert' ,chosen to observe the 'haunted' Hills mansion. Amuck happens,as one of the experts slowly lose her mind amidst the craziness in the mansion.
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