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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?
Everything from the lighting to the visuals to the intricate character study make this, at least for me, the quintessential ghost story.
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I went into The Haunting with high expectations, as I’m a big fan of the novel by Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House. For the most part, The Haunting was an extraordinarily faithful adaptation of the novel, succeeding in translating the subtle, steady build of psychological horror to the screen. Even much of the internal monologue of the protagonist, Eleanor Vance, was kept in the film. It’s through her thoughts that the most unsettling aspect of both the novel and the film. Because though it’s primary claim to fame is as a classic haunted house film, the true horror of…
A lesbian horror movie in 1963 how progressive
Wonderful cinematography, and not much else. Wasn't thrilling or "scary." Didn't even have an atmosphere. Every step of the way I thought "these things have realistic explanations," and I was right. Still, a good watch!
Considering the haunted house is maybe my least favorite sub genre of horror I'm not surprised I didn't exactly love "the Seinfeld of haunted house movies" but I didn't expect to be bored to death by it. THE INNOCENTS came out two years before this and doesn't feel it's age at all while this is incredibly dated today, maybe because James Wan has basically made a career out of ripping it off. Sorry. At least it looked nice.
Gorgeously shot and impressively acted, but suffered from lacking much genuine fear or thrill.
gara-gara baca bukunya, jadi pengen nonton filmnya, taunya versi film ini *twew-wew* banget deh, nggak ada serem-seremnya. di beberapa bagian agak berbeda dengan bukunya, tapi secara keseluruhan tetap "setia" dengan jalan cerita Shirley Jackson
Great interiors and use of widescreen space. Off camera sound to create paranoia and anxiety. Reflections in mirrors. Disorientation effect of the house. Nice close ups of the main protagonist's face which registers fear while in bed. Spooky shot - like the yellow wallpaper - of the face like wall decoration with baby crying sounds.
Antiquated acting - corny and numerous mentions of the subtext. Boring, consistent mentions of 'the supernatural' by the main experimenter. Other characters overly broad or theatrical, but main woman convincing.
Great shot early on of woman falling down stairs. Camera at bottom of stairs, sees her upside down. Also, good shot early on revealing woman walking up spiral staircase, then seen hanging herself - revealed by sudden swinging feet.
Nice, unsettling dissolve / overlays of the girl becoming middle aged, then an old woman while laying in bed with head on pillow.
While Robert Wise's classic tale of terror is one that is gracefully executed, the story falls flat due to confusing plotting and an over-relience on narration. To look beyond the story, though, is to see meticulously crafted atmosphere, and a permeating feeling of dread throughout the picture. This film may fall flat by the end, but the journey is well worth it.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…