The Haunting

The Haunting

DVD - 2003
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Adapted from Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, this psychological thiller tells the story of four people who come to the house to study its supernatural phenomena.

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Triple_X_Rex
Dec 20, 2014

OK. This 1960 ghost story was kinda scary, but - Why the house's less-than-friendly poltergeist wanted Eleanor (clearly the dullest and most irritating person in the group gathered at the house) to join forces with it was beyond me.

You'd think that even an erratic doppleganger would be seeking someone who might "liven" things up around the place and maybe even contribute some new and imaginative techniques to the art of haunting a house.

To me it was as plain as the nose on Eleanor's mousy, non-descript face that she wasn't the right candidate for this sort of unique undertaking.

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jazeebelle
Jun 09, 2014

This classic stands it's ground even today in it's scare factor. Creepy and downright terrifying at time... I've seen it many times, and still certain scenes creep me out a little too much! Highly recommend it for a stormy October night.

fillups Aug 13, 2013

Several commenters have asked, "Why Eleanor?" I would answer that this character is the most psychologically scarred, the one who is least connected to the real world, the person most likely to cross over. Eleanor is clearly sensitive to psychic vibrations and is receptive. This makes her an inviting target for the unearthly powers that are in the Haunting. See it for the claustrophobic hallways, the eerie housekeeper, the great music and cinematography. This is an eerie treat.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
May 19, 2013

The Haunting was one of those scary movies that was so scary that I actually forgot to be scared._____ A couple of bangings on the wall? A doorknob turning? Some voices in the dark? - Like, was this really what the big fuss was all about? Why have people told me that this is one of the scariest movies of all time. Why?_____ Of course, I did keep in mind that this film came out in the early 1960s, but, even so, it certainly could've delivered much more of a frightening wallop than it did._____ One of the biggest strikes against The Haunting was having its story pay way too much attention to that total pain-in-the-ass character, Eleanor Lance. What didn't make a whole lot of sense to me was that this dreary, whining, insignificant nobody was apparently the one that the malevolent spiritual presence in the house wanted. (You go figure)_____ In conclusion - I'd say that The Haunting was one of the most over-rated ghost stories that I've ever seen.

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Monolith
Jul 21, 2012

I guess I'm in the minority, but I found this to be a case of the student surpassing the teacher. I think the '99 remake was better than this original (not much, but better). I realize the remake had an unfair advantage with special effects technological advancements, but this wasn't scary at all. Squeaks, moans, groans, crazy camera angles, and an expanding door. That's it. I found the main character, Eleanor, unlikeable, and annoying. I guess I'm spoiled. 1963's "The Haunting" should've been called "The Yawning".

laughingkitty Jun 23, 2012

One of the best Gothic horror.

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CalicoJack
Jan 26, 2012

Wonderful old chestnut from 1963, based on the novel of the same name by the incomparable Shirley Jackson, queen of there-are-more-terrors-on-the-inside-than-the-outside horror fiction. Don't fail to take special note of Claire Bloom's snazzy wardrobe by iconic 1960s Welsh fashion designer Mary Quant.

soatja Nov 29, 2011

No vampires, no zombies, no serial killers--and yet scary! How could that be? "The Haunting" is one of the truly most frightening movies ever made, based on a profoundly unsettling novel. Watch the movie, read the book--or both!

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Monolith
Jul 21, 2012

Mrs. Dudley: "...No one lives any nearer than town. No one will come any nearer than that." Eleanor Lance: "I know." Mrs. Dudley: "...In the night... in the dark..." (she grins and leaves)

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