Movie of the Week: The Haunting (1963)

Robert Wise directs Julie Harris, Claire Bloom and Richard Johnson in this ghost story classic where a fragile psychic joins a group to investigate a stately home with a dark past. 

One of the finest horror films ever made, getting by on a classy mixture of hysteria and dread. The B-movie performances hide characters with disturbing depth. The walls and furnishings of the off kilter house maintains a constant fear. The booming, drafty sound design is perfect. The whole dreadful affair has the austere air of a curse set in stone. We know this house dooms its inhabitants. Wise has rattling good fun leading us to the inevitable tragedies and shocks.

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My Top 10 Haunted House Movies

  1. The Shining (1980)
  2. The Haunting (1963)
  3. Rebecca (1940)
  4. The Conjuring (2013)
  5. The Woman in Black (1989)
  6. 3 Iron (2004)
  7. Ghost Watch (1992)
  8. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
  9. The Innocents (1961)
  10. Ghost (1990)

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