"It was an evil house from the beginning, a house that was born bad". The place is the 90-year-old mansion called Hill House. No one lives there. Or so it seems. But please do come in. Because even if you don't believe in ghosts, there's no denying the terror of 'The Haunting'. Robert Wise returned to psychological horror for this much admired, first screen adaptation of Shirley Jackson's 'The Haunting of Hill House'. Four people come to the house to study its supernatural phenomena. Or has the house drawn at least one of them to it?
The Greatest Haunted House
- The Haunting review by CP Customer
The Haunting is a masterclass in suspense and terror from Robert Wise. It ranks as one of my favourite films of all time despite the 90's remake which was a travesty. Many years ago I stumbled across a late night showing on BBC 2 and it made for an uncomfortable night. Wise assembled a cast of unknowns for this tale, where the star of proceedings is the house itself. The forces at work within its walls are never fully explained or shown. Clearly it is what you don't seen onscreen that leaves you with a sense of terror. There are several standout moments, especially when the cast decide to bail out. The cinematography is memorable along with the dynamic editing and use of sound. The Haunting only features one special effect of note and even then its very low key. This is the textbook example of how to terrify your audience, no matter how often they see the film.
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A clever and scary film
- The Haunting review by LD
Reminded in many ways of Psycho with this film, which I think preceded it, but would say I got much more satisfaction with The Haunting.
Genuinely quite scary with long moments (in a similar way to Susan Hill's The Woman In Black) that build the tension.
The clever thing though is the story running in parallel about the main character battling with their own inner demons and trying to stay strong, which is unwittingly playing into the hands of the demons living inside the house