The Haunting (1963)

The Haunting (1963)

  • Release Date:  1963
  • Genre:  Haunted House
  • Director:  Robert Wise
  • Screenwriter:  Nelson Gidding, Shirley Jackson

The Haunting (1963)Rating:

  • Raoul = 8 / 10;

The Haunting (1963) Synopsis:

A scientist invites two women to help him investigate on the notoriously haunted “Hill House”.

The Haunting (1963) Review:

The Haunting is one of the oldest haunted house classics…and one of the best one too. I am not so found of haunted house stuff, but this one has got something special. It is not about deceiving “booo” scares, door slamming suddenly and or cheap jumpy stuff. Instead, you do not get to see much…but you can hear a lot! The work build around the house sounds is remarkable and settle a deep atmosphere of fear.

The acting is great and the character of Eleanor really special, reminding of Carrie White sometimes. The fact that we can hear her thoughts throughout the all movie is pretty cool and allow some liberty that other movies do not have (like the scene in which she realizes that someone hold her hand).

The Haunting is a great classic of horror that hasn’t aged. I found it rather similar to “The Legend of Hell House” in many ways, but definitely better than more recent haunted house stuffs such as Paranormal Activity or Amityville Horror.

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The Haunting (1963) Cast:

Julie Harris Eleanor Lance
Claire Bloom Claire Bloom Theodora
Richard Johnson Richard Johnson Dr. John Markway
Russ Tamblyn Russ Tamblyn Luke Sanderson
Fay Compton Fay Compton Mrs. Sanderson
Rosalie Crutchley Rosalie Crutchley Mrs. Dudley
Lois Maxwell Lois Maxwell Grace Markway
Valentine Dyall Valentine Dyall Mr. Dudley
Diane Clare Diane Clare Carrie Fredericks
Ronald Adam Ronald Adam Eldridge Harper

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