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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…
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…
A well acted, well direction, and deeply mysterious haunted house tale, "The Haunting" strikes a great balance between supernatural and psychological horrors that make for one of the most "hang on a moment" experiences I've had watching a horror film in awhile.
What I like most is that the film paints equal reasons to what's going on with the story from the prospective of it's lead character as either one could be possible without explicitly saying so.
I've always said that the scariest moments are the ones we can't see for ourselves and can't seem to make sense of. The fear of the unknown is what drives all senses of dread, and that's such a thing that this film understands.…
"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…
I first discovered this movie two years ago thanks to the WAGES OF CINEMA podcast!
Whoa, what a bold movie! Lesbian subtext, creepy atmosphere, innovating set design and camerawork, a great performance by Julie Harris while Russ Tamblyn is surprisingly humorous. THE SHINING took a lot from this story; they serve as cousin-films. At the time of its release, the plot was criticized for being "incoherent." Just goes to show that's a word that intellectuals like to toss around.
My only comment is that the climax is kind of meh. It could have been built up a lot more, and maybe plays a little flat. But overall a solid film. Even stranger is that Robert Wise made THE SOUND OF MUSIC immediately after this!
A sophisticated Gothic tale that doesn't show us anything that would actually frighten us to death but still manages to create an eerie sense of dread as it probes into the psychological and emotional unbalance faced by its protagonist and blurs the line between reality and illusion.
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Not remotely scary, but some of the photography was beautiful.
Deep focus is the reason for the season
You haven't a ghost of a chance.
Elegantly shot tragedy-horror. The performances can veer a bit close to self-parody, but still effectively atmospheric nonetheless. I give The Haunting a 4/5.
An elegantly sinister scare movie, literate and expensive (though basically a traditional ghost story), with those two fine actresses Claire Bloom and Julie Harris. As a Greenwich Village lesbian, Bloom plays a female variant of the role that would once have been assigned to Dwight Frye; Julie Harris is the chaste heroine, a post-Freudian version of those anemic virgins Helen Chandler used to play. This "old dark house" movie is set in a marvellous Victorian gothic pile in New England, and it's good fun. With Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Fay Compton, Valentine Dyall, Rosalie Crutchley, and Lois Maxwell. The director, Robert Wise, hadn't done a simple amusement like this since his youth; Nelson Gidding did the adaptation of the Shirley Jackson novel The Haunting of Hill House. MGM.
Bit boring. Leading actress is really annoying.
Inspired by Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House, filmmaker Robert Wise and writer Nelson Gidding (I Want to Live!, The Andromeda Strain) take the traditional haunted house yarn and weave it into a profoundly disturbing portrait of one woman’s mounting hysteria. Evidence of the power of pure suggestion, The Haunting creeps into our psyche without traditional horror tropes: no monsters, no ghosts, no gore–just production designer Elliot Scott’s (Labyrinth) claustrophobic, Rococo interiors, shot on an early 30mm anamorphic, wide-angle lens. Leaving viewers as confounded as the fragile Eleanor (Julie Harris), and focused as much on the confusion of physical interiors as the imbroglio that is our brittle mental interiority, this early entry in the House of Psychotic Women canon explores how, when we presume to invade a house, it might also invade us.