The HauntingDirector: Robert Wise
One of the most highly regarded haunted house films ever produced, Robert Wise's The Haunting (based on Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting of Hill House) weaves the dark tale of a questionably sane young woman and a sinister house which holds a terrifying past. Invited to join anthropologist Dr. Markway (Richard Johnson), ESP expert Theodora (Claire Bloom), and probable heir to the estate Luke Sanderson (Russ Tamblyn) in order to dispel the near mythical tales that surround the house, unstable Eleanor Vance (Julie Harris) agrees to spend a few nights in the house following the death of her mother. As they slowly begin to discover, the horrific and seemingly unbelievable tales may hold more truth than the skeptical guests might have previously expected. With a seemingly unstoppable supernatural force lurking in every shadow, the probability of anyone escaping the evil clutch of the cursed mansion seems increasingly remote.
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Cast & Crew
|Julie Harris||Eleanor Vance|
|Richard Johnson||Dr. John Markway|
|Russ Tamblyn||Luke Sanderson|
|Lois Maxwell||Grace Markway|
|Fay Compton||Mrs. Sanderson|
|Rosalie Crutchley||Mrs. Dudley|
|Valentine Dyall||Mr. Dudley|
|Diane Clare||Carrie Fredericks|
|Ronald Adam||Eldridge Harper|
|Amy Dalby||Abigail at 80|
|Howard Lang||Hugh Crain|
|Maude Churchill||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Tom Howard||Special Effects|
|John Jarvis||Set Decoration/Design|
|Denis Johnson||Associate Producer|
|Alan McCabe||Camera Operator|
|Mary Quant||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Elliot Scott||Production Designer|
|Humphrey Searle||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|David Tomblin||Asst. Director|
|Gerry Turner||Sound/Sound Designer|
|A.W. Watkins||Sound/Sound Designer|
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Full of shadows and eerie noises, this black and white chiller is far superior to that dreadful 1999 remake. This version leaves more to your imagination as you jump at the bumps in the night. Incredibly close to the book, ''The Haunting of Hill House'', by Shirley Jackson, it's a must-see movie. I highly recommend reading the book also. ''No one can hear you if you scream in the night,''
Without a doubt, this is one of the best horror movies I have ever seen. If you're looking for a psychological thriller, this is it. This is not a slasher or blood and gore movie like they tried to make the sequel. The original is the best!
Let's not beat around the bush here. I think that this is the best and most frightening horror movie ever made. If you prefer the 1999 remake then you are either under 16 or dead. I cannot even begin to tell you why it should give you the creeps on a dark winter evening, I just suggest you cosy up with a loved-one and a good bottle of wine (a nice Chilean Grenach I'd say) and unlock the door into the supernatural world waiting at Hill House. We who walk here....walk alone.
Let's see....what we have here is a black and white horror movie, no special effects to point out, a cast of adaquate actors/actress and an overused story of a hauted house. So what's the big deal? The big deal is the direction of Robert Wiss which takes in all the previous facts and puts them together to scare the hell out of you. Truely one of the best horror films made, no question. This thing is a MUST for you to see.
This is my all time favorite horror movie. It is a faithful screen version of Shirley Jackson's gothic novel "The Haunting of Hill House". Do not overlook this outstanding frightfest. You won't be disappointed.
This is absolutely the most frightening movie I have ever seen. I have been watching it for 30 years and it still scares me to death. The original rocks! No blood or guts, just psycological torture.
One of the best movies ever made. Based on one of the best noels ever written. By one of the best writers ever.
Wise's film is hands-down the best of all haunted house fare. The 90s remake is pathetic beyond words, completely ruins Shirley Jackson's simple, effective story. This is a production that doesn't rely on special effects but instead uses them so quietly that you'll get goosebumps...especially when the house finally comes alive for all the investigators. What you don't see is far more sinister and terrifying than what any CGI can do. A good cast, good writing, and brilliant direction.
I have this on VHS and could hardly wait until the DVD was released. After 40 years of watching this film, it still chills me. Like ''Psycho,'' it is not to be viewed home alone!
I know it sounds silly. But even though I'm now a grown man, I still can't watch this film by myself without the lights on. But I do enjoy trying.