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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.
"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…
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…
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.
More a haunted house-based drama than a supernatural thriller, "The Haunting" is a stately and deliberately-paced production. Aesthetically and technically, the film is a masterwork of textured set design and decoration, severe angles, and deep-focus cinematography. Narratively, the film is a character study, dealing with themes of guilt, fear, finding where one fits in, and family. It is both impressive looking and impressively acted.
As an experience, "The Haunting" is not interested in visceral scares; it is interested in suggestion, idea, and foreboding. It is not about the thing that jumps out from the shadows; it is about what could be lurking behind the door and what could be causing the bumps in the night.
"The Haunting" may be tame by today's horror standards, but it is chilling at time and the praise-deserving precursor to many of the genre's greats.
"You mustn't confuse ghoulish with ghostly."
Hay muchos tipos de horrores en The Haunting. A penas en su prólogo vemos horrores humanos, como el padre que obliga a Abigail a ver el cadaver de su madre. Hay horrores surreales, como ese momento en el que vemos a Abigail envejecer en el mismo cuadro. Y hay horrores muy 'cinematográficos' como el vertiginoso suicidio de Abigail en las escaleras, en una toma, sin cortes.
El puro prólogo de The Haunting es una obra maestra del horror en si misma. Incluyendo su pequeña dosis de humor con Dr. Markway disculpando su curiosidad morbosa en su narración.
Hablando de narradores, creo que The Haunting es uno de los buenos ejemplos en contra del adagio…
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Film 131 out of 700
For years I avoided watching this film for two reasons. The first being I thought it was a remake of "House on Haunted Hill", of course I was wrong; second it was directed by Robert Wise. Now I overly don't have anything against Wise, I mean he did direct two films I adore "West Side Story" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still", but I never thought of his name with the horror genre.
Oh how wrong I was.
This film is shot in glorious black and white which only adds to the horror even more. While I didn't consider…
Robert Wise sure knew how to fill that 2.35:1 frame!
Works best when Eleanor Vance isn't the focus.
Horror films don't really have that much of a strong reputation nowadays, and it's a genre that I'm not that super crazy over. For every masterpiece like Psycho and Jaws there's tremendous garbage like anything made after Hitchcock or Vincent Price. The Haunting, a film directed by Robert Wise (of West Side Story and Sound of Music fame, and one I wouldn't expect to make a film like this, even if he made other films besides musicals, such as the immensely underrated Star Trek: The Motion Picture), and a film played on TCM's The Essentials, is another lousy and disappointing horror flick that gives the genre a bad reputation.
Story short, the film's about a group of people who explore…
Hill House has a tragic past, is reputed to be haunted, and is standing alone and empty. Dr Markway decides to investigate the building and recruits a psychic, Theodora, and a skeptic (and heir to the property), Luke. He also invites Eleanor - a lonely and insecure woman who has experienced something supernatural in her childhood. As the group experience disturbing paranormal events and learn more about the property's past, they also witness Eleanor's deteriorating mental state as Hill House starts to take over her mind.
The Haunting starts with an intriguing back story, and quickly builds tension and atmosphere in a number of simple yet effective ways. There's no gore here, no men in monster suits, and no cat…
impressively creepy and stylish but it suffers from way too much narration throughout
Tenia pendiente por ver las dos películas de Casas embrujadas mas influyentes de la Historia (esta y "House of Haunted Hill") y decidí empezar por la del director mas completo de todos los tiempos (el gran Robert Wise). Aunque ciertamente no es una película redonda mas que todo por el guión que sin ser malo me parece que se decanta por destacar algunos personajes mas que otros cuando tal vez todo merezcan el mismo trato, termina siendo un legendario por el gran trabajo de dirección (increíble la escena de la puerta) y la eficacia de los actores.
The dead are not quiet in Hill House
Small words with a sense of the nitty-gritty. You know you're in for a scare.
The scare is Robert Wises's, The Haunting, a classic horror flick you'll dread not to reminisce at night; The time of night when it takes a small walk down the hallway to the bedroom. It's sure to tantalize your nightmares in the midst of slumber - a not so good sleep you'll earn.
The Haunting is a well-crafted, thought-provoking horror - in the obvious thought that it's either the house or characters that are insane, and insanity is your least likely friend in Hill House. The edgy cinematography emphasizes the feel of insanity, building the house as a character itself. The black & white brings an abundance of fear to the Hill House and the film.
It's a spook-fest of delectable classic horror.
Easily one of the scariest movies ever made. Robert Wise's direction is absolutely brilliant as is Julie Harris' performance. I try to watch this every time I see that it's on TV.
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