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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…
I liked this a tad less on second go-round, mainly because the idea of actually investigating what's happening at the house is dropped, and there's more emphasis on mood and atmosphere than story. The voice overs seem a bit antiquated, too.
At the same time, there is much to enjoy, including ingenious art direction and sound design, an effectively tortured performance by Harris (who always seems on the edge of a breakdown), and one of the screen's first outright lesbian characters, smoothly played by Bloom. And the ending is pretty devastating! Now I want to read the novel.
I really liked the book far more than the movie. Yes, even this original version. However, I loved who they got for Eleanor. I could have stared at that actress's face for another two hours, maybe because she reminds me a bit of someone I know. Otherwise, though my favorite part of the book (the character's odd, disjointed introspection) was represented here, I didn't feel it was presented well.
um ótimo filme. gostei mais deste do que do remake.
This movie has some fabulous shots and really interesting angles that reinforce a creepy mood....very effective. Less so are some of the voice overs and the mood shift of daylight vs night. Overall a classic, enjoyable haunted house movie that still gives a good fright.
Effectively creepy haunted mansion story, for which director Robert Wise seems to have set up a template that horror movies continue to follow to this day, particularly considering it's jump-out-of-your-seat sound design. The star of the film, the mansion itself, is a lavishly realized presence, and when seen through the atmospheric cinematography, appears to be overwhelming. The film is at it's best when night falls, and the group of less than wise paranormal investigators deal with what the house throws at them. However, bright daytime scenes, which are meant for character exposition and development, are let down by the somewhat stiff writing and delivery, although Julie Harris as a neurotic guest who develops a twisted attachment with the mansion, is pretty good. — feeling a little creeped out.
Super spooky during the night scenes. Having characters reinforce and insist that the ghosts aren't going to hurt anyone during the day does take away some of the tension though. Those night scenes are a masterclass in good horror film making.
You never see a damn thing, but what you hear and what you imagine is much scarier than anything you could see. Probably the best camera work and editing I've ever seen in a horror movie. Also amazing sound design.
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