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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…
Much has been made of the terrific use of subtlety in The Haunting–few films so confidently fulfill the audience’s perverse desire to be terrified by doing so little. But that almost seems to undermine its heavily stylized tendencies, from the Wellesian prologue and deep focus camerawork to its articulation of Julie Harris’ rapidly deteriorating mental state. Although it shows very little, what it does show is an absolute feast. Davis Boulton’s cinematography (and certainly the direction of Robert Wise, who worked on Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons) makes terrific use of the wide-angle lens, using the warped dimensions on the edges of the frame to further suggest Hill House’s sentient, ever-changing quality. One of the best shots foregrounds a…
An Evil House
Three paranormal investigators and a non-believing cad hole up in haunted Hill House, with tragic results. The granddaddy of all haunted house movies, this big, spooky thriller still delivers the chills after all these years. A bit high-strung at times, with Humphrey Searle’s by-the-throat score a major culprit—but Harris and Bloom are terrific, and Wise’s masterful use of widescreen (along with Davis Boulton’s DP duties) is unsurpassed in the genre. Make sure you watch it in the night… in the dark. Remade in 1999.
Love the viewer dissociation of the first ten minutes. It feels a lot like watching an American Horror Story episode in the way it subverts normative viewing with an overemphasis on canted angles and shots with no direct objects. Of course, THE HAUNTING is better executed, with a sly yet-undetermined narrator leading us through what we’re seeing and the shots actually having reason, where AHS just feels determined by subversion only. Standout shots are putting the viewer in the victim’s eyes and the high angle in the library.
The rest of the movie is shot with fairly straightforward continuity editing. The ‘haunts’ each have a different montage, constantly creating new atmospheres, which is certainly exciting and scary. My personal favorite…
A very effectively creepy film that very much dabbles in depression and regret. Perfect film to watch after having a really bad first date, as you'll be too weirded out to remember how things went.
So basically The Children's Hour in haunted-house drag. Have to dig out my copy of The Celluloid Closet... Elevated out of all unlikely proportion by Harris' obsessive turn, Wise's masterly manipulation of the bells and whistles, and the robotic monologue of Rosalie Crutchley's caretaker/cook. "In the night. In the dark."
Is Russ Tamblyn's tippling heir the worst all-time comic relief in an 'A' picture?
Given that the big horror-movie trend of the last few years has been hauntings, you'd think this would be getting an avalanche of retrospectives and thinkpieces. It's not like it ever fell out of favour or anything, it's been generally considered one of the greatest horror movies ever for 52 years now. Where's the second-generation love? Shit, where's the third-generation love?
It is...of its day, obviously. (Rated G!) But it's also got this scene with this face in the wall that's like that stuffed rabbit in Silent Hill 4 - if that thing moves, I am going to FREAK THE FUCK OUT.
It seems like one of those stories which isn't sure where to cast its vote, between skepticism and…
I really like The Haunting. I think it is a wonderfully directed film, with an absolutely chilling aesthetic. I have seen it a couple of times. However, I had never noticed before, quite how annoying Julie Harris' performance in the film is. She is hysterical from essentially the first moment, barely taking a scene, or a moment, but to shout or scream. She is incredibly shrill. This time around her performance felt like nails down a chalkboard. I had never had this experience before, which may suggest that this time watching the film I just was not attuned to it. It is probably me rather than the movie, which I would have called a true classic before rewatching it.
The Haunting is one of those rare gems that you find that you know you will always cherish.
I honestly loved everything about this film. It did get confusing at times, but it would correct itself. That's what I really enjoyed about this film. It would stray and get itself on course.
The black and white was amazing. Maybe it's been a while since I saw a black and white movie, but it was spectacular in this!
The Haunting is honestly an amazing film. It still is spooky, even though it was made over 50 years ago.
Directed by Robert Wise this film based on the novel “The Haunting of Hill House” stars Julie Harries, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn. Four people head to a house in the country to conduct a real investigation into claims it is haunted.
This film may not have the out right gory shocks modern audiences are used to but it's slow burn of creepy psychological horror works well, especially the protagonists arc fitting in with the larger story. While this may very much be a genre film what you rarely see these days is a horror film that takes more interest in it's characters than using them as stand ins waiting to be killed off. There are a few good special effects but not a huge amount that stands out in the execution as remarkable.
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