The Haunting Reviews

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November 2, 2018
When The Haunting digs into the internals of its story, summons its spirits and lets them play havoc with cold reason, it has a power and fervor unmatched by any film ghost stories.
November 10, 2017
For the possible overuse of internal monologues and Julie Harris' overwrought but riveting performance as Eleanor, The Haunting still stands up as a relevant and effective study of both the psychology and parapsychology of its themes.
February 6, 2017
...one of the most fascinating aspects of The Haunting is the multiple interpretations available for many events, which might be supernatural, or might be the product of a disturbed mind or distorted perceptions.
October 7, 2013
This is one of the best supernatural chillers ever made.
October 10, 2012
August 29, 2011
Borderline perfect... Strip away all of its frightening elements, and the film remains a sophisticated, complex, and tremendously subtle character study.
September 6, 2009
The horror remains admirably attuned to the sense of solitude in a premature spinster
Top Critic
October 19, 2008
People stare about in terror and squeak: 'The house, it's alive!' The picture, it's dead.
October 19, 2008
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.
September 25, 2007
Properly creepy, unlike like the dodgy remake.
September 25, 2007
The artful cinematic strokes of director Robert Wise and staff are not quite enough to override the major shortcomings of Nelson Gidding's screenplay.
September 25, 2007
An undeniably effective adaptation of the Shirley Jackson novel and remains one of the best haunted-house movies.
September 25, 2007
Pretty effective when it came out; it may be a little stiff in the joints by now, but it's still a much better scare show than the recent stinker remake.
February 18, 2007
October 28, 2006
Knows how to draw fright from its haunted house story.
September 23, 2006
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.
April 6, 2006
...easily ranks among the finest supernatural suspense films ever made.
May 9, 2005
Makes more goose pimples than sense.
November 6, 2004
few filmmakers have drawn fright from nothingness as adeptly as Robert Wise did
October 15, 2004
Ghosts! And they are unseen, frightening things in this creepy classic.
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