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Micaela FM

Along with its brilliant cinematography, this film has a great atmosphere and is truly suspenseful, being smart enough to not show a lot and leave us in doubt over what is real and what is part of Eleanor's psychosis. The end is very anticlimactic and Dr. Markway's constant supernatural talk was a bit annoying to me, but overall it is a great film, one of the best I've seen in the horror genre.
11 years 1 month ago
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rjcman

Average? you got be joking...the camera angles are superb...and those last words...beautiful
11 years 5 months ago
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MathianSim

Eleanor was one of the most annoying movie characters ever !!!
12 years 6 months ago
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Siskoid

Robert Wise returns to his roots with 1963's The Haunting, a horror film that is more evocative than showy, a slicker version of the kinds of movies he used to make with Val Lewton at RKO. Though it trades on the trope of spending the night in a haunted house, nobody needs to do it to get their inheritance or anything (though one of the characters is its heir). Wise suggests supernatural happenings without special effects, usually through the performance of the actors, in particular the disturbed Julie Harris character, whose creeping madness feeds the house's spirits (my only real complaint is our hearing her thoughts, which for the most part, feels unnecessary and old-fashioned). Claire Bloom is also great as a snarky, sophisticated woman whose ESP-assisted guesses are often right, and flip side of Harris' wallflower. But the real star is the atmosphere. Hill House is a wonderful and complex set, and Wise shoots it with odd angles, shadows, and diopter focus tricks. Beautiful too look at, it suggests more than it shows, so you do a lot of the work yourself. And that's a great trick.
4 years 4 months ago
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Dieguito

great shootings but regular movie
12 years 2 months ago
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Pedr20

I think it's a very effective concept shot in one of the most beautiful houses in the horror genre, but It's a very underwhelming story with underutilized characters.
11 months 3 weeks ago
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mittens

this movie had all the suspense in the world then no climax. i was hoping to see something visual near the end, but nope. but, overall, not bad for one of the original haunted house movies.
12 years 6 months ago
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FiresonthePlain

Great chiller.
14 years 1 month ago
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Camille Deadpan

Although Julie Harris is pretty annoying as Eleanor, Lili Taylor is even more annoying (and scary!) as Nell in The Haunting (1999).
10 years 7 months ago
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JoeMorrissy

Very average movie.
11 years 7 months ago
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nicolaskrizan

unresolved

http://beyond1001movies.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/backtrack-the-haunting-1963/
9 years 4 months ago
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