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      The Haunting

      G 1963 1h 52m Horror List
      87% Tomatometer 46 Reviews 82% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Dr. John Markway, an anthropologist with an interest in psychic phenomena, takes two specially selected women to Hill House, a reportedly haunted mansion. Eleanor (Julie Harris), a lonely, eccentric woman with a supernatural event in her past, and the bold Theodora (Claire Bloom), who has ESP, join John and the mansion's heir, cynical Luke (Russ Tamblyn). They are immediately overwhelmed by strange sounds and events, and Eleanor comes to believe the house is alive and speaking directly to her. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Both psychological and supernatural, The Haunting is a chilling character study.

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      Pauline Kael New Yorker An elegantly sinister scare movie, literate and expensive (though basically a traditional ghost story), with those two fine actresses Claire Bloom and Julie Harris. Jul 6, 2022 Full Review Ian Freer Empire Magazine Wise brilliantly uses black and white widescreen to strand his characters in odd-shaped rooms or corridors, making the watcher's eye skitter frantically over the letterbox screen to catch every ingeniously rendered detail. Rated: 5/5 Sep 8, 2020 Full Review James Powers Hollywood Reporter When The Haunting digs into the internals of its story, summons its spirits and lets them play havoc with cold reason, it has a power and fervor unmatched by any film ghost stories. Nov 2, 2018 Full Review Joe Lipsett Horror Queers Podcast Wise's use of the camera is vital to creating a sense of tension and atmosphere; it's practically its own character. Meanwhile, Theo is a vital LGBT character in horror history: an out woman in a 60s film is a true rarity. Rated: 4/5 Mar 1, 2023 Full Review Samantha Allen them. Dripping with queer subtext, this 1963 adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House is a master class in reading between the lines. Oct 27, 2022 Full Review David Reddish Queerty The Haunting endures as a horror classic, albeit one that doesnt quite the credit it deserves as an unusual queer love story. Heres a movie both scary and romantic as Hell. Rated: 4/4 Mar 20, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Sadie M - Hot doc - Queercoding - The kind of acting that you can't decide whether it's good or bad Everything a person could ask for in an old movie (especially of the horror variety). Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/25/24 Full Review g j A fairly stuffy and dull affair, albeit one with great camera work and one or two iconic set-pieces. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/24 Full Review Tim O One of the scariest, pure-suspense - no monsters, no gore, no actual visible ghosts - just actors, sets, and very effective sound effects & score. A definite fave. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/18/23 Full Review Joseph D I saw the remake first, & yeah, this one was way better! So much atmosphere, doing so much with so little! It's a classic! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/06/23 Full Review Tamara K One of my favorite horror movies. It proves you don't have to see any boogeymen to be terrified. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/21/23 Full Review PridePosterStudios I think this is based on Monster House. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/12/24 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Dr. John Markway, an anthropologist with an interest in psychic phenomena, takes two specially selected women to Hill House, a reportedly haunted mansion. Eleanor (Julie Harris), a lonely, eccentric woman with a supernatural event in her past, and the bold Theodora (Claire Bloom), who has ESP, join John and the mansion's heir, cynical Luke (Russ Tamblyn). They are immediately overwhelmed by strange sounds and events, and Eleanor comes to believe the house is alive and speaking directly to her.
      Director
      Robert Wise
      Producer
      Robert Wise
      Screenwriter
      Nelson Gidding
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures International
      Rating
      G
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 52m
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