All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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…
"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 best ghost story ever written becomes the best ghost story ever filmed.
You don't need a haunted house to go insane, I guess.
"It was an evil house from the beginning. A house that was [i]born bad[/i]."
Inner monologues, unseen forces, tormented minds. Seen as Nell's movie, it's more of a psychological drama than a horror movie. Unsettling. Contains what is possibly a lesbian character (who doesn't die!).
I actually watched this last night - how did I forget to log it?
Still surprisingly spooky for a movie of its age, although its bumps-in-the-night approach really is the most simple of all simple tricks to scare somebody.
But the movie also works very well as psychological drama, thanks to Julie Harris’ brillant performance. And I should mention Robert Wise’s stylish direction, with a suprirising amount of clever camera tricks too.
Wise is such a versatile director and The Haunting is different from anything I've seen. I can't remember knowing so well characters of a horror flick for example. He takes his time giving us just enough character development to be intriguing. Subtle, psychological horror.
Vintage horror films were quite a different beast from the hyped-up, CGI-laced debacles younger audiences are used to, and "The Haunting" is one of the best and most renowned of them all. The film predates so called modern advances in special effects to tell a story that requires no social effects.
It's based on a classic novel by Shirley Jackson, and it unfolds like a good book, leisurely but deliberately, drawing the viewer in before they even realize it's happening. The haunted house genre is a crowded one, but here, the house is a character all its own, beautifully shot against the night sky by director Robert Wise and infused with shadows because of the gorgeous black and white photography.…
The Haunting is a classic horror film that relies more on generating fear instead of throwing jump-scare moments at you. The atmosphere builds and builds until the end, giving a great pay-off that is both terrifying and satisfying. The first hour I thought was slow in developing the characters but by then, the film takes off.
In tribute to the passing of Richard Johnson. This movie never gets old and never ceases pack one hell of a punch. Such a perfect film.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…