The Haunting (1963)
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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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One of the most highly regarded haunted house films ever produced, Robert Wise's The Haunting (based on Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting of Hill House) weaves the dark tale of a questionably sane young woman and a sinister house which holds a terrifying past. Invited to join anthropologist Dr. Markway (Richard Johnson), ESP expert Theodora (Claire Bloom), and probable heir to the estate Luke Sanderson (Russ Tamblyn) in order to dispel the near mythical tales that surround the house, unstable
Sep 18, 1963 Wide
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The artful cinematic strokes of director Robert Wise and staff are not quite enough to override the major shortcomings of Nelson Gidding's screenplay.
What makes the film so effective is not so much the slightly sinister characterisation of the generally neurotic group, but the fact that [director] Wise makes the house itself the central character, a beautifully designed and highly atmospheric entity.
Borderline perfect... Strip away all of its frightening elements, and the film remains a sophisticated, complex, and tremendously subtle character study.
The horror remains admirably attuned to the sense of solitude in a premature spinster
A dark brooding atmosphere, disturbing psychological insights and a handful of suddenly executed surprises make this old horror as fresh and vital as the day it was made.
An undeniably effective adaptation of the Shirley Jackson novel and remains one of the best haunted-house movies.
few filmmakers have drawn fright from nothingness as adeptly as Robert Wise did
Ghosts! And they are unseen, frightening things in this creepy classic.
To say that Wise's The Haunting is better than De Bont's The Haunting damns the Wise picture to faint praise I fear it deserves.
Don't waste your time on the remake. Robert Wise's original film is the one to see and it's still chilling after all these years.
Audience Reviews for The Haunting
- Dr. John Markway: That proves it: one of you is a witch!
- Eleanor Vance: Hill House has stood for ninety years and will probably stand for ninety more. And we who walk at Hill House, walk alone.
- Dr. John Markway: You're liable to have that shut door ripped right off it's hinges.
- Eleanor Vance: And whatever walks there walks alone.
- Eleanor Vance: Whose hand was I holding?
- Dr. John Markway: That's very good, Eleanor. You catch on quickly.
- Theodora: (gets jealous and stands up) - I'm hungry. Let's go.
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