Movies that are slightly off.
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?
A near-perfect haunted house movie that has been difficult to match ever since.
This film is genuinely scary. Last time I watched it, I had to turn the lights on.
Robert Wise was never an especially artistic director. You never sensed that he was really trying to push the limits of film as an art form with the movies he made. Yet he had a knack for creating especially well-made films. They weren't fancy, but they were far beyond merely competent.
With "The Haunting," Wise gives us a truly creepy ghost story, about four characters spending time in a notorious haunted house, trying to uncover its secrets. It's reminiscent of Jack Clayton's "The Innocents" (1961)-- though it's inferior to that film -- in that the movie revolves around one emotionally unstable female, played by Julie Harris here. Because our perspective of what's happening is filtered through her mind, we can…
It's been a long while since I've seen this film, just watched it again recently. I have to say that it's even better than I remembered it to be. I would describe the film as suspenseful and thrilling.
The story is good but your average story: a group of people get invited to stay in an old mansion that is haunted... but it's the way this story plays out that is above average.
What helps this above average ghost story is the cinematography... the movie is beautifully filmed and it really adds a layer of eeriness and suspense that is beyond what you normally see in a film of this nature.
If you are looking for a good ghost story then look no further than this "The Haunting 1963". A great late night movie!
Terrifying camera work and sound design. Shaky handheld shots, Dutch angles (many of which twist and contort around), long tracking shots through dark hallways. Plus, Theo is extremely gay and I just hooted and hollered at every single innuendo. I gotta watch this with a cute girl soon <3
Day 65: The Haunting - 1963
A an expert on the supernatural assembles a team of researchers to investigate the famous Hill House, but one of the researchers seems to be affected more than the others...
This is a haunting, atmospheric haunted house film with some great suspenseful moments. The score sets the tone of the film beautifully and it is shot with expertise. The main actress grates a little on the nerves but it is probably still one of the best ghost films of that generation.
I remember the first time I ever saw this very well. It was Christmas Day. I'd woken up, and received my usual stack of films, and also a PlayStation 3. I spent the day playing my PlayStation 3, naturally, to break it in. I remember the graphics wowing me, and I couldn't take my eyes off it.
Anyway, it was about midnight, and everyone was drunk in bed. The house felt calm, and going outside to take in the night sky, there wasn't a sound around, apart from an extremely gentle winter breeze against the icy landscape. It was almost eerie.
After playing the PlayStation all day, I'd decided to watch a film, and this was the first one I…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The Haunting is maybe the most disappointing film ever.
Not because it is bad, on the contrary, it's psyched with 12 Angry Men (1957)'s assertive and cutting dialogues, while also blending Psycho (1960) main leading actress's growing paranoia into a thrilling theatrical mix where 5 ladies & gentlemen find themselves confined into some rumored to be haunted Castle.
Follows some agitated development where everyone doubts, suspects and pokes at each other background story and potential motives while being confronted to inexplicable events.
And then it kind of ends there, with the most dull unmemorable and random climax ever.
And that's really too bad.
Now Imagine if instead we had Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" denouement?
What if someone was…
Loved it. Definite contender for this year's Tufnell Park Film Club Halloween screening.
In Darkness, Wearing The White Nightgown, Light The Illuminatory Source, Go Down The Staircase, Explore The Creepy Manse
My favorite sequence of events in any movie ever is when someone gets up in the night wearing a white…
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…