The Haunting
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One of the most highly regarded haunted house films ever produced, Robert Wise's The Haunting (based on Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting of Hill House) weaves the dark tale of a questionably sane young woman and a sinister house which holds a terrifying past. Invited to join anthropologist Dr. Markway (Richard Johnson), ESP expert Theodora (Claire Bloom), and probable heir to the estate Luke Sanderson (Russ Tamblyn) in order to dispel the near mythical tales that surround the house, unstable Eleanor Vance (Julie Harris) agrees to spend a few nights in the house following the death… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"People stare about in terror and squeak: 'The house, it's alive!' The picture, it's dead."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"What makes the film so effective is not so much the slightly sinister characterisation of the generally neurotic group, but the fact that [director] Wise makes the house itself the central character, a beautifully designed and highly atmospheric entity."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Borderline perfect... Strip away all of its frightening elements, and the film remains a sophisticated, complex, and tremendously subtle character study."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Properly creepy, unlike like the dodgy remake."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"...easily ranks among the finest supernatural suspense films ever made."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"The artful cinematic strokes of director Robert Wise and staff are not quite enough to override the major shortcomings of Nelson Gidding's screenplay."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Makes more goose pimples than sense."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The horror remains admirably attuned to the sense of solitude in a premature spinster"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"An undeniably effective adaptation of the Shirley Jackson novel and remains one of the best haunted-house movies."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"few filmmakers have drawn fright from nothingness as adeptly as Robert Wise did"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Pretty effective when it came out; it may be a little stiff in the joints by now, but it's still a much better scare show than the recent stinker remake."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This is one of the best supernatural chillers ever made."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"A dark brooding atmosphere, disturbing psychological insights and a handful of suddenly executed surprises make this old horror as fresh and vital as the day it was made."
‑ , Film4
"Knows how to draw fright from its haunted house story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Ghosts! And they are unseen, frightening things in this creepy classic."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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