The Haunting

Critics Consensus

Sophisticated visual effects fail to offset awkward performances and an uneven script.



Total Count: 94


Audience Score

User Ratings: 128,104
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Movie Info

A remake of the classic 1963 movie "The Haunting" about a team of paranormal experts who look into strange occurrences in an ill-fated house. Through the course of the night some will unravel, some will question, and all will fight for their lives as the house fights back.

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Liam Neeson
as Dr. David Marrow
Owen Wilson
as Luke Sanderson
Bruce Dern
as Mr. Dudley
Marian Seldes
as Mrs. Dudley
Alix Koromzay
as Mary Lambetta
Todd Field
as Todd Hackett
Michael Cavanaugh
as Dr. Malcolm Keogh
Charles Gunning
as Hugh Crain
Saul Priever
as Ritchie
M.C. Gainey
as Large Man
Hadley Eure
as Carolyn Crain
Kadina Delejalde
as Rene Crain
Alessandra Benjamin
as Psych Patient No. 1
Karen Gregan
as Psych Patient No. 2
Brandon Jarrett
as Psych Patient No. 3
Mary McNeal
as Psych Patient No. 4
William Minkin
as Psych Patient No. 5
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Critic Reviews for The Haunting

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (26)

Audience Reviews for The Haunting

  • Apr 06, 2015
    It's a depressing affair to watch particularly talented young actors trying their best to toothpick through The Haunting's unintentionally funny script and dog-paddling in a thick soup of special effects. Whilst the film boasts a handful of unsettling moments they bear no excuse for the rest of the film's fatal flaws. Lili Taylor's constant bawl scream is unnecessarily frequent and is quite annoying. The characters are over-baked stereotypes - see Catherina Zeta-Jones playing a bisexual "free-love" artist. I found most of the characters to be so unlikeable that I was waiting for each of them to be killed off as soon as possible.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2014
    Atmospheric and intense, The Haunting is an impressive horror film. To conduct a study on fear Dr. Marrow lures a group of unsuspecting subjects to the Hill House, a mansion with a notorious history behind it; but unknown to Marrow the spirits that haunt the mansion have their own agenda. Starring Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lili Taylor, and Owen Wilson, the cast is quite strong. And, the set designs of the mansion create a compelling air of mystery and suspense; which is added to by Jerry Goldsmith's moody score. However, the CGI effects haven't aged well and become a little distracting at times. Additionally, the storytelling is rather poor; with a lot of exposition dumps and jumps in logic. The Haunting has problems, but overall it's an entertaining thriller with a captivating visual aesthetic.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2014
    The quality of this movie can be viewed in a similar manner as a snowball effect: it gets progressively worse and worse.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2012
    Not all bad, The story was what we have seen before, But done different, Not scary though.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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