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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…
One of my favorite haunted house films, and one of my favorite melodramas - because that's what I honestly consider it as, as much as a traditional horror film. There are too many Dutches for my taste, honestly, but that's more of a pet peeve of mine than anything else. (It also has one of the most extreme examples of the old haunted house subtext of classism, one that seems to have fallen off before its recent resurgence.)
After reading the book recently, I had to go back and see the movie, which many have raved about. And I have to say it's a thousand times more enjoyable than the 1990s remake! Really great sense of mood and angles making the house feel out of place and distorted. The movie makers also didn't resort to explaining why, like the 1990s version did. Great movie.
Ghost movies have a tendency to creep me out. The first time I saw The Haunting was a few years ago very late at night and it was a very unsettling experience. I was a little apprehensive revisiting the film, as I wasn't sure if it would hold up on a repeat viewing. Thankfully I had nothing to worry about.
This film is dripping with atmosphere, aided massively by incredible set design and cinematography. Good acting and a really fascinating story laced with just enough ambiguity. This is up there with The Innocents (1961) as a great example of early '60s horror doing it right.
Arguably the greatest haunted house movie ever....ya I said it.
One of the longest arguments in horror fiction and filmmaking is over a very simple question: to show, or not to show? The novelist and director Clive Barker one said of monster movies: "I hate that school of filmmaking where for the first hour you see a foot, for the second hour you see a hand, and then you finally see the monster for five seconds before it gets blown up by an atom bomb."
For those too squeamish to throw in their lot with Barker, or his partners-in-slime David Cronenberg and John Carpenter, The Haunting is Exhibit One in the case of withholding the monster to produce terror. Along with close counterpart The Innocents, it has become the Bible…
Classic ground-breaking horror. Impeccably crafted and shot. Creepy but not that creepy, though ending is very effective.
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.
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