The Haunting (1963) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Haunting (1963) - Rating, Synopsis, Review

The Haunting

The Haunting is a 1963 English language American Horror Film movie made under the direction of Robert Wise. Robert Wise has produced this movie under the banner: Argyle Enterprises. The lead roles are played by Julie Harris, Claire Bloom while the supporting cast includes Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn. Music is composed by Humphrey Searle, while Nelson Gidding has provided the screenplay.

  • Release Date:  1963
  • Genre:  Haunted House
  • Cast and Crew: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Fay Compton, Rosalie Crutchley, Valentine Dyall, Lois Maxwell, Ronald Adam, Diane Clare
  • Director:  Robert Wise
  • Screenwriter:  Nelson Gidding, Shirley Jackson

The Haunting (1963)Rating:

  • Raoul = 8 / 10;
  • IMDb = 7.6 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 8.7 / 10

The Haunting (1963) Synopsis:

A scientist invites two women to help him investigate the notoriously haunted “Hill House”.

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The Haunting (1963) Review:

The Haunting is one of the oldest haunted house classics…and one of the best one too. I am not so fond of haunted house stuff, but this one has got something special. It is not about deceiving “booo” scares, door slamming suddenly and or cheap jumpy stuff. Instead, you do not get to see much…but you can hear a lot! The work build around the house sounds is remarkable and settle a deep atmosphere of fear.

The acting is great and the character of Eleanor really special, reminding of Carrie White sometimes. The fact that we can hear her thoughts throughout all movie is pretty cool and allow some liberty that other movies do not have (like the scene in which she realizes that someone holds her hand).

The Haunting is a great classic of horror that hasn’t aged. I found it rather similar to “The Legend of Hell House” in many ways, but definitely better than more recent haunted house stuff such as Paranormal Activity or Amityville Horror.


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