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The Haunting (1963)


In an old New England house believed to be haunted, an ESP researcher enlists the help of two mediums in the hopes they can learn more the house's evil reputation. Starring Julie Harris.

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5 stars

The Haunting is the ultimate haunted house film and so much more. I would go as far as saying that it's one of the greatest film-noir too. It represents the last of the great b/w thrillers but also the first of a new kind of thriller/horror. Robert Wise was such an awesome director, this is easily amongst his greatest films, of which there are many. This film is highly influential too, the 1999 remake represents the epitome of what is wrong with the industry today. Watch this film. Watch it now!

- SirPant, Friday, November 18, 2011

2 stars

The Haunting is one of the movies that is always mentioned when classic horror gets brought up, but I don't think that it has aged well. It's excessively "talky", to the extent that long periods of time pass with little of interest happening. I didn't think the atmosphere was ever really established, and l never connected with the characters. I'm sure The Haunting has probably had an immeasurable influence on many movies that followed it, and it probably impressed a lot of people back in 1963. But in my opinion, the years have not been kind to it.

- lewiskendell, Wednesday, May 4, 2011