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…
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…
"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…
Less is always more. Our imagination is far worse than any special effect. We have heard these plenty of times before and The Haunting is a perfect example that proves these theories true.
The house itself is given fantastic little details such as cluttered rooms, endless doors, mirrors that offer wonderful reflections and angles and a lack of windows that never allow us to identity whether it's day or night. However, what is more significant is the fact that the supernatural is never physically shown that is exactly what makes the film as terrifying as it is. The chilling and claustrophobic atmosphere sets up situations for your imagination to go wild. There are unidentifiable noises in the night, doors that…
i'll tell ya, all those new style Jason Blum produced spook house movies should be thanking Robert Wise in their end credits as The Haunting wrote the book on that stuff. Haunting is a work of pure genius as it still scares THE SHIT out of viewers with just spooky noises and weird shapes on a wall. the movie gets freaky deaky in 2014 and i can't imagine the screams that were going down in theaters in 63. Fantastic stuff.
Striking film is interesting for generating the sense of horror from the ambiguity between the haunted house itself and the haunted mind of Eleonor, a great performance by Julie Harris. The atmospheric horror elements were rather downplayed, to my surprise (unlike in 1961's The Innocents), and the film became more of a character study where we witness the progressive unraveling of the protagonist (the dominant mother element reminds of Hitchcock's then 3-year-old Psycho, obviously), the house mostly serving as the contextual setting. And I just love the sensual tension between Eleonor and Theodora (played by Claire Bloom in a performance also great, though less showy than Harris'). The ongoing dialogues were a bit tiresome after a while (as was Humphrey Searle's music for my taste), but the overall effect is positive.
The Haunting is a rare horror film that values suspense and mood over shock scares and gore. Most horror aficionados may reject it for its slow pace and subtle story but I found it a mostly compelling and scary little movie.
Robert Wise, fresh off West Side Story, directs with lots of style in beautiful black and white the story of a very bad house and the four people who decide to spend a few nights there.
Julie Harris gives a standout performance as a very neurotic and troubled woman who is deeply affected by her encounters in the house.
I was intrigued by Claire Bloom's character who is strongly implied is a lesbian. Quite daring for the time period…
Fantastic intro. So subtle, so chilling, and Claire Bloom is awesome.
“At last something is really, really happening to me…”
It's so long since I saw this that I'd forgot exactly what it was that made it so worthy of the title, and I think it got me more with those added years in between viewings. This is a beautifully made, classy, genuinely creepy old haunted house movie, but what lifts it into the very ether it deals with is Julie Harris' character Eleanor. It makes a fantastic watch so soon after watching The Blair Witch Project - a group of people willingly (or semi-willingly) entering a strange place hoping to get to the bottom of a mystery, only to get more than they bargained for, with one of them (Heather…
Entry number 15 in Shocktober 2014.
Let's start with the remake. I watched it early in my horror career and it made an impression on me with the fireplace lions and the creepy eyes in the stained glass. But even then I knew that the story was pretty silly. A woman goes to a haunted house as part of a scientific study and, thanks to a traumatic past of her own, gets caught up in the surroundings and freaks out. The remake has Lili Taylor and this version, the original, has Julie Harris. Taylor is ok, Harris is, unfortunately, horrible. I never bought her as a real person, and the constant voiceover/inner thoughts with the silly chimes didn't help. By…
The way the director makes the audience to fall for the story is, oh, just great. Could have gone really cheesy, but it manages to become a classic.
***OctHorror Fest 2014*** Day 25
Robert Wise has had a historical film career, directing a wide variety of pictures such as The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, The Magnificent Ambersons and even an Academy Award nomination for Best Editing for Citizen Kane.
The Haunting, fitting between West Side Story and The Sound of Music, is more than just a haunted house film, it's a psychological thriller with plot twists and turns as crooked as the house itself. The fear of the unknown in both a physical and mental sense clash to create an unnerving movie watching experience where people question what is real and what is a hallucination.
We don't fully understand what…
Such great memories of watching this in the dark!
I found this movie very slow and uneventful. Not much happens although I found myself comparing it to the remake done in 1999. It was nice to Moneypenny in the movie, Lois Maxwell. Claire Bloom and Julie Harris' characters are not very likeable.
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