The Haunting ( 1963 )

FERNANDO’s CORNER  ~ Posted October 29th, 2015

THE HAUNTING ( I )

“No one lives any nearer than town. No one will come any nearer than that. In the night. In the dark.”

THE HAUNTING ( Hill House )

I revisited one of the pinnacles of the horror-haunted-house genre Robert Wise’sThe Haunting” (1963), a film that I saw on public TV when I was a kid and frightened the hell out of me on that opportunity; I barely could sleep afterwards.

THE HAUNTING ( JULIE HARRIS ) I THE HAUNTING ( RICHARD JOHNSON ) III THE HAUNTING ( CLAIRE BLOOM ) II THE HAUNTING ( RUSS TAMBLYN ) IV

THE HAUNTING ( Rosalie Crutchley )  THE HAUNTING ( Theo & Eleanor ) THE HAUNTING ( Theo & Russ )

I’d classify this film as psychological-thriller-horror film in the vein of “The Innocents” (1961) perhaps. The film is disturbing because there are no clear explanations of anything with respect to the source of the evil in the house and what’s going on there. And since one never “sees” what is behind or within those walls, the result is more frightening, IMO.

THE HAUNTING ( The Group ) THE HAUNTING ( Eleanor ) THE HAUNTING ( Eleanor & Dr. Markway )

THE HAUNTING ( Lois Maxwell )THE HAUNTING ( Eleanor & Theo )

The film benefits from a good script, excellent dialogue and editing. Sadly, today’s audiences which are not used to the building up of suspense and good dialogue, may find this film slow and too “talkative”, but for me it is just perfect. People are not used to good dialogue anymore. They just want action and CGI.

 

 

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