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The Haunting [Blu-ray] (2013)

Julie Harris , Claire Bloom , Robert Wise  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (541 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn
  • Directors: Robert Wise
  • Writers: Nelson Gidding
  • Producers: Robert Wise
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (541 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DBNLBAQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,699 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

No one lives in the 90-year-old Hill House. Or so it seems. But come in. Even if you don't believe in ghosts, there's no denying the terror of The Haunting. Robert Wise, whose started his directorial career with The Curse of the Cat People (1944), returned to psychological horror for this first screen adaptation of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. Four people (Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn) come to the house to study its supernatural phenomena. Or has the house drawn at least one of them to it? The answer will unnerve you.

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219 of 231 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PERFECT HAUNTED HOUSE MOVIE. ...WANNA KNOW WHY? August 2, 2003
Format:DVD
The story has, by now, been imitated endlessly. Four people on a haunted house just to study it. But this is just the premisse.

The great Robert Wise sets up the most perfect, most classic haunted-house film ever made. The screenplay is built on the principle that you don't have to see it (the gore, the blood, etc.) to feel the fear. So, this is one of those great films where the tension is constructed upon the things you hear... the things you know are there.

In the pre-CGI era, you really had to create something out of what you had. So, Mr. Wise had a great script (years ahead of its time), great characters, great actors, a great cameraman, and settings that are a wow!

This is what makes this film so much better than any other (not to mention its remake - who clearly goes for the predictable cheap-trick CGI effects).

The story is told in the most perfect classic form. From beginning to end, you follow the story in the most careful pace. Beat by beat. From the prologue to the conclusion, the story is peerlessly told.

The characters and actors are great to watch: Julie Harris is the perfect troubled woman haunted by inner ghosts, while Theodora (the beautiful Claire Bloom) is the perfect icy clairvoyant who may or may not be a lesbian (everything is constructed with such taste...). Richard Johnson is great as the Doctor who must keep control of the experiment. Russ Tamblyn is also great as the non-believer who's in just for the adventure. As we will discover, all of them have weak points the house will explore. So it is possible to say that this is one film where the set (in this case the house itself) is one character just like the others.

The house has personality.
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103 of 113 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
It is not often I love a book and go on to enjoy the Movie adaptation. To Kill a Mockingbird, comes to mind. But this is the case with the marvellous movie The Haunting. Since I adore spooky, sinister tales, I treasured Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. And forget the silly, inane remake, this is the Mount Everest of Haunted House movies, only rivalled by The Legend of Hell House made nearly a decade later with Clive Revill, Pamela Franklin and Roddy McDowell and the Innocents with Deborah Kerr and Pamela Franklin. These three would make a super triple-feature of Houses with Things that go Bump, since all three deal not only with the supernatural, the complexities of the mind, but the force of the will lingering after death.
The Haunting is a rather faithful adaptation of Jackson's dark and spooky novel. The key word being spooky - not gory. If you are looking for buckets of blood, search on. This is a sophisticated movie that chills rather than shocks. Staring the gorgeous Richard Johnson as Dr. John Markway, a man determined to prove ghosts do exist. And since he believes he will find them at Hill House, he arranges with the current owner to rent the house to carry out his research - though part of the pact is he must accept her grandson Luke Sanderson (Russ Tamblin) to keep an eye on things.
Markway invites a wide range of people to come and take part, people with a past that showed their lives were brushed by the paranormal. However, only two come: Theodora, a clairvoyant with vague lesbian hints played by Claire Bloom, and Eleanor Lance brought to aching life by the brilliant Julie Harris.
Eleanor is a timid woman, browbeaten her whole life. She spent her youth tending her ailing mother and is now forced to live with her sister and her family.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this anymore November 25, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House proved to be major force in the world of the ghost story and with its adaptation to film we have what may well be the all time best haunted house story. The movie is one of the last in the classic school of fright were the imagination is what gets you. With its gothic scenes and excellent use of shadow, The Haunting is that rare movie that delivers and continues to do so without having to rely on cheap gimmicks or gratuitous gore. A researcher invites a group of people to stay in the Hill House to determine if it is indeed haunted. We have two women, one an unmarried spinster, the other a free spirited lesbian. Both women have had psychic occurrences in the past and the spinster seems to have been taken by the house, her purpose in life is complete as she looks forward to becoming its caretaker. Yet the house does posses her and in a tragic turn of events claims yet another victim. Whether the house is haunted is undeniable, the actual spirits are not seen but make their presence felt in some of the most frightening scenes involving the classic school of "Fear of the Unseen" that filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock were best noted for. The photography and setting are wonderfully distorted and used to create a sense of fear and sheer terror. It is undeniable that this movie is one of the best made films in the Horror genre and regretfully we may never see another like it in our world of FX and all out gore. I highly recommend this movie to any movie buff to help show what real terror is all about, but make sure you are not alone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Dark House Classic
This movie really holds up for thrills and chills -- mostly off-screen, and all the more creepy for that. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mr. Nowhere
3.0 out of 5 stars a little disappointing
Its not as scary as I thought it would be. Entertaining enough, though, and there were a few intense moments. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ricky
5.0 out of 5 stars The scariest movie ever
Again, purchased as one of my favorites; it is the original - no blood, no gore, no creatures and does not need them. The tension builds until you jump at almost anything. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Harriet Lander
5.0 out of 5 stars All time classic, not to be missed!
Definitely one of my all time favourite haunted house movies. These kind of films don't need sfx or cgi. If done right the atmosphere is enough to give you the chills. Read more
Published 19 days ago by ymo1965
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
Best Haunted House movie ever. A timeless classic and a must see for any film lover! Modern day film makers could learn much from this film - The style of film making is artful,... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Fred Memner
1.0 out of 5 stars An endless loop of neuroticism
A "classic forerunner of such films as "Poltergeist" and "The Shining"? Hardly. From the beginning, I knew I was in trouble. Read more
Published 1 month ago by darkhorseCT
5.0 out of 5 stars FAVORITE!
First and favorite horror / ghost movie I saw as a child. Loved it. Scared me as a child. :)
Published 1 month ago by KS
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great movie!
The Haunting of Hill House, directed by the wonderful Robert Wise, is a movie that is very, very rich in great special effects -- I'm not talking about the horrible remake that was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Craig Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars "Whatever walked there, walked alone."
I also saw this movie as a youngster on TV - Saturday Night at the Movies. It made me "lose" my chocolate cake at bedtime. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Serge
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific classic
I first saw this film as a kid and was very scared... it was filmed in black and white, which deepens the suspense and eeriness. Much better than the remake.
Published 1 month ago by msmacedonia
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