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…
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?
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. Oh yes.
Though considered the scariest horror film of all time by Martin Scorsese and many others, I find Haunting rather…
Even though this is a film from the 60's, it still terrifies me every time I watch it. It's one of many adaptations of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House," but it's uncontestedly the best. Deliberately ambiguous and deeply psychological, The Haunting is as dark and beautiful as Hill House itself.
Dr Markway (Richard Johnson) persuades the owner to let him spend some time at Hill House to investigate it's reputation as haunted. He invites three others to join him: Theodora (Claire Bloom), Luke (Russ Tamblyn) and Eleanor (Julie Harris). As they spend time at the house it becomes apparent that Eleanor's emotional vulnerability is leaving her open to it's malign influence.
Robert Wise's adaptation of Shirley Jackson's (excellent) novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' is big on atmosphere and short on shocks or special effects. The directors use of sweeping close ups, fast cutting and off-kilter camera angles creates a claustrophobic and engrossing story.
There's no gore and few supernatural visuals to see but the sound and the performances work…
Theodora is everything <3
There is something awesome about being afraid of an unknown, undefined and unseen entity: something is there. What? Yeah, you can say it's stupid; there's nothing there, it's just a shot of two women screaming, looking at the closed door, but it is the basic fear of the obscure, mysterious, but threatening.
Right of the bat, we see the silhouette of the house, obscured by shadows, and that shot encapsulates the style and the approach of The Haunting. The choice of shooting it in black and white was a smart one, because the absence of color has a big role in creating of the atmosphere, and the huge depth of field of panavision makes the house feel much bigger than…
Mr. Dudley: You'll be sorry I ever opened the gate.
Dr. John Markway: It was an evil house from the beginning - a house that was born bad.
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For a long time i heard how good this movie was, and it result it is, maybe not as good as i was expecting, but i can clearly see what all the fuss was about.
The characters have depth and are for the most part likable, the main character is really sympathetic and can be defensive and childish without being ever unlikable or annoying.
The scares are the ones we have seen in other haunted house flicks, because at the end that is what this is, but hey are very well done, with a lot of patience and creating really tense and creepy atmospheres.
Para mí The Haunting falla en el factor de no mostrarle al espectador lo que el espectador desea ver desde esa increíble secuencia con la que abre el film, o posiblemente eso sea intencional, aunque no considero que funcione muy bien. Pese a eso, es una buena película, pero por lo estancada que vi su trama, no me permito darle un mejor rating. Por otra parte está el hecho de que verdaderamente no asusta, y eso no se lo perdono, porque The Innocents sí lo hace y mucho mejor que muchas películas actuales. En definitiva: buena, pero que posiblemente no la vuelva a ver.
"Haven't you noticed how nothing in this house seems to move until you look away and then you just... catch something out of the corner of your eye?"
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I like The Haunting. It's central characters and mystery are interesting and it's full of subtle but interesting techniques. Robert Wise perfectly captures the bizarre space of the house with all sorts of odd angles, dutch tilts, off center close ups, and otherwise distorted images. I also appreciated the set design which helped create this distorted effect with paintings and various decorations angled and placed in weird directions, especially the many mirrors and reflected surfaces. I also enjoyed Wise's carefull control of sound in both the actual paranormal scenes and the way the whispering inner monologue of Eleanor Lance.…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…