The Haunting
The Haunting (1963)

Anthropology professor Richard Johnson investigates reports of psychic phenomena at a "troubled" New England mansion known as Hill House. He is joined by Julie Harris and Claire Bloom, women of radically different temperaments who… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: September 18, 1963
DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

People stare about in terror and squeak: 'The house, it's alive!' The picture, it's dead.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl of the most fascinating aspects of The Haunting is the multiple interpretations available for many events, which might be supernatural, or might be the product of a disturbed mind or distorted perceptions.

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Variety Staff

The artful cinematic strokes of director Robert Wise and staff are not quite enough to override the major shortcomings of Nelson Gidding's screenplay.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Makes more goose pimples than sense.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

This is one of the best supernatural chillers ever made.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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J.R. Southall

For the possible overuse of internal monologues and Julie Harris' overwrought but riveting performance as Eleanor, The Haunting still stands up as a relevant and effective study of both the psychology and parapsychology of its themes.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Borderline perfect... Strip away all of its frightening elements, and the film remains a sophisticated, complex, and tremendously subtle character study.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
It's Robert Wise so it's not hack but I found this film very uneven. Two powerful actresses completely overshadow dominate over two crap male actors.… More
Carlos Magalhães
A sophisticated Gothic tale that doesn't show us anything that would actually frighten us to death but still manages to create an eerie sense of dread as… More
Kevin M. Williams
One of the best ever and perhaps the template for the haunted house genre. A scientist wants a team of "experts" to verify if a celebrated haunted… More
Alex roy
The Haunting is a stellar haunted house flick with a great cast. Director Robert Wise crafts a memorable film that has some genuine scares, something that is… More
Christopher Heim
Julie Harris' narration gets a little excessive at times but otherwise, great classic horror film that sports a great brooding atmosphere, mesmerizing… More
William Dunmyer
In between his masterpieces "West Side Story" (1961) and "The Sound of Music" (1965), director Robert Wise tried his hand at an… More

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