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…
Considerado um dos melhores filmes de terror de todos os tempos (Scorcese coloca como o primeiro da sua lista), Desafio ao Além tem seus problemas, mas é uma aula de cinema.
O filme, apesar de preto e branco, tem 51 anos e em algums momentos parece ter sido filmado ontem.
Vale ser visto nem que seja apenas para conhecê-lo.
"Hill House has stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Within, walls continue upright, bricks meet, floors are firm, and doors are sensibly shut. Silence lies steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House. And we who walk here... walk alone."
A haunted house; a haunted history. For 90 years Hill House has stood ominously, holding within it a sense of paranormal activity ever since the wife of Hugh Crain died after her carriage hit a tree moments before laying eyes on the house that was built especially for her. Her daughter Abigail is left to reside there, subsequently growing old in the process having spent her whole live in the houses nursery. Along the way…
SUCH a great movie. I surely must have seen it some 20 times but it can still scare the shit out of me and I'm always fascinated that it does scare some of us while others seem to go meh. I think it has something to do with a certain kind of suspension of disbelief, how much faith you have in the subject matter and how much of a sucker you are - both for things that go bump in the night and in general.
Seeing it this time, I studied the perfect details and the ingenious rhythm of the story (such a hokey prologue, but by the end my heart is always racing) and I speculated more seriously on the possibility of the entire story just being a case of mass hysteria. I also realized that Luke is probably an alcoholic.
I'm not sure how much I was expecting from this but ultimately, I found The Haunting just a little too dull.
The paranoia and sense of dread that was felt throughout the film was worked up nicely but overall it didn't help save it. The characters felt a little flat and Eleanor was an annoying character from start to finish.
Hill House, wonderful setting. Richly decorated and Wise uses his camera to make it look crooked, devious and spooky. When it comes to life, so does the movie, but those times are rare. A supernatural slash psychological horror film mostly revolving around Nell, whose thoughts are being read out by her voice over. Over and over and over again. A fragile, unstable person who starts trembling by the reflection of herself in the mirror. A nag as someone calls her. She certainly had that effect on me. Dr. Markway has way too much explaining to do. All this talk and a lack of tension makes The Haunting a boring ordeal.
The Haunting opens with a great sequence revealing the dark and violent history of Hill House. If only the rest of the film was so effective.
The characters are the film's downfall. Eleonore (Julie Harris) is the main focus. She's mentally unstable due to spending her life alienated and looking after her sick mother, who just recently passed. We hear her thoughts through voice-over extensively throughout the film. And at times it works well, expressing her paranoia, fear, and ultimate insanity. But it quickly becomes frustratingly redundant. Dr. John Markway (Richard Johnson) is researching paranormal activity, and acquires permission to use Hill House for his study. His character is the cliche charming British intellectual. When his wife arrives late in…
The music's great, the camerawork is great, the lighting is great, even the campy voiceover is great because Julie Harris was actually up with Bacall, Streep, Hayworth, Gish, Stanwyck and the two Hepburns as one of the best English-language film actresses of the 20th century. This almost tops her performance in The Belle of Amherst.
Robert Wise took a break between his two musical behemoths, West Side Story and The Sound of Music, to make this nifty little horror film. Do you remember when you were a child and you heard a noise while you were in bed, but you were too terrified to turn around to see what it was? This movie perfectly captures that gooseflesh feeling. The camera angles and deep focus photography are very Wellesian, a reminder that Wise was the assistant on Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons. Some people regard this as the greatest of all movie ghost stories, but it's not that good. I prefer Jack Clayton's The Innocents, also shot in my favorite format, CinemaScope and black and white. Neither one is great, but they would make a spooky Halloween double feature.
Sicher unkonventionell im Einsatz der Kamera, aber in der Summe wenig mitreißend und unausgegoren. Nicht der erwartete Klassiker.
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…