The Haunting [Blu-ray]
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In an old New England house believed to be haunted, an ESP researcher enlists the help of two mediums to join the skeptical owner in the hopes they can learn more about the source of the house's evil reputation. From the moment they walk through the door, things take a turn for the worse. Make sure your seat is comfortable because you'll be spending most of this nail-biting movie seated on its edge. Starring Emmy and Tony-winner Julie Harris (TV's "Knots Landing," "Gorillas in the Mist"), Claire Bloom ("Crimes and Misdemeanors") and Oscar-nominee Russ Tamblyn ("Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "Peyton Place"). Directed by Academy Award-winner Robert Wise ("The Sound of Music," "West Side Story," "Star Trek - The Motion Picture"). Leonard Maltin gives it 3 1/2 stars and warns, "Don't see this one alone!"]]>
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
OMG! Based on Shirley Jackson's book, this is one scary movie. I saw it as a child, in the dark, in the night and yes, it scared me greatly. Read morePublished 19 days ago by choo
Not as scarey as I remembered when I first saw this movie years ago. Not such a hot quality either...kinda silly!Published 20 days ago by APTexan
The star of this film is the house (the Ettington Park Hotel). It’s big and foreboding. It waits.
There have been several deaths associated with this old family home... Read more
Best black and white spooky movie ever!! I had this in my collection for a while, but someone must have borrowed it and not returned. grateful amazon had this! its my favorite.Published 1 month ago by J. S. Grey
Not much in the way of special effects by todays standards, but they did a lot with what they had. I think this is still one of the best haunted house movies ever made.Published 2 months ago by Bill & Clare