A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
"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?
¿serías capaz de visitar Hill House?
The haunting se centra en un pequeño grupo de personas que son invitados por un investigador paranormal a permanecer en una casa embrujada que toma vida.
La ambientación de esta película fue muy buena, la casa con su estilo antiguo y todas la decoración de esta fue muy acorde para el tema del film, sin mencionar los efectos de sonido que hacían de este algo muy escalofriante, algunos personajes hacían que esto no se sintiera real debido a sus pocas expresiones de terror pero Julie Harris hizo su papel tan perfecto, como Hill House puede llegar a enloquecer a alguien, fue magnífica.
Es una muy buena película y de verdad lo mencionado anteriormente se…
One of the scariest films I've ever seen. Robert Wise did it all with loud noises and close ups on doors. So good.
Surely the finest haunted house film ever made, with a deeply unsettling atmosphere and plenty of old-fashioned jumps. The plot occasionally breaks down by the tremendous design of the house and Robert Wise's superb camera set-ups keep it all bouncing along so well that you don't mind.
Sí, más Shirley Jackson por favor.
This snooze-fest attempt to scare the viewer via sound effects and a non-existent atmosphere. It may have been spooky in its day, and while it holds up from a production value standpoint, modern audiences have outgrown its scare tactics. Not much here.
Not many films have so thoroughly spooked me like this one. It leaves this ominous air around you once the credits finish rolling and let me tell ya, it's quite hard to shake. Especially when you watch it at night (which I highly recommend).
I really appreciate how reserved The Haunting is. It's all the little things that add up to something much bigger - the choice to eradicate music during the most suspenseful scenes, the often awkward, jaggedly framed shots of the house's interior, the harshly contrasted lighting filling every room...we are basically informed through every technical method possible that this house is not to be fucked with. We don't have to be shown anything to know that -…
"No one lives any nearer than town. No one will come any nearer than that. In the night. In the dark."
Based on Shirley Jackson's classic horror novel, Robert Wise's 1963 film The Haunting features a simple setup: three strangers are invited by paranormal specialist Dr. Markway to spend a week in an ominous mansion known as Hill House to prove that ghosts are real. The principal character is Eleanor, a depressed woman living with her sister after having spent her entire adult life caring for her invalid mother. Then there's Theo, a self-possessed but mysterious woman who hints that she might have some psychic ability. And then there's Luke, a young man who stands to inherit the house and…
The whole slow-burn / don't-show-the-ghost thing gets a little annoying in the second half of the movie, as the characters get more and more shrieky in ways that feel unearned, but damn if this isn't the first haunted house movie to be shot MAGNIFICENTLY. Films like THE SHINING, THE OTHERS, THE CONJURING, and CRIMSON PEAK may have never existed without it.
Maybe the coolest aspect of this movie (aside from the camerawork in general) is the design of the house itself, which supposedly includes no 90-degree angle corners--it's all asymmetrical and disorienting, so it makes sense that the characters (and the audience) lose all sense of direction when they wander through it.
There's also a great performance from Richard Johnson,…
Beautiful, terrifying film. Second viewing only heightened my appreciation for it.