The Haunting (1963)
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as Eleanor Lance
as Dr. John Markway
as Luke Sanderson
as Mrs. Sanderson
as Mrs. Dudley
as Grace Markway
as Mr. Dudley
as Carrie Fredericks
as Eldridge Harper
as Second Mrs. Crain
as Abigail at 6
as First Mrs. Crain
as Hugh Crain
as Fat Man
as Abigail at 80
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Critic Reviews for The Haunting
Wise brilliantly uses black and white widescreen to strand his characters in odd-shaped rooms or corridors, making the watcher's eye skitter frantically over the letterbox screen to catch every ingeniously rendered detail.
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.
People stare about in terror and squeak: 'The house, it's alive!' The picture, it's dead.
The artful cinematic strokes of director Robert Wise and staff are not quite enough to override the major shortcomings of Nelson Gidding's screenplay.
Audience Reviews for The Haunting
One of the best ever and perhaps the template for the haunted house genre. A scientist wants a team of "experts" to verify if a celebrated haunted house is the real deal or what. Robert Wise gets his scares with sound and weird camera angles, shadows and music. There's no buckets of red corn syrup, no chopping of body parts, no unkillable killing machine with a fetish for William Shatner facemasks, only the hint of something out of reach in the dark. And it has stood the test of time. Richard Johnson's English scientist whispering his lines does some considerable spooky damage as well. Julie Harris' voiceover is only a tad annoying, but bearable in the overall scheme of things.
Julie Harris' narration gets a little excessive at times but otherwise, great classic horror film that sports a great brooding atmosphere, mesmerizing cinematography, and a great ensemble cast.
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.
The Haunting Quotes
|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|
|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:||And whatever walks there walks alone.|