Robert Wise directs Marsha Mason, Anthony Hopkins and Susan Swift in this supernatural drama where a mother is convinced her daughter was reincarnated from a girl who died in a car blaze.
We laughed our arses off watching this… the acting is awful, with an especially gormless turn from linchpin child performer Susan Swift being the stinkiest offender. The Haunting director Wise seemingly wants to make anything but a horror… the tone is never scary and the plot warps from chamber piece to courtroom drama to hypnotism procedural. Coca-Cola got full value out of whatever product placement deal they signed. Rarely a scene begins without the iconic red can being front and centre in shot. Marketed as a horror then and still now, this is a right old bunch of toot masquerading as a The Exorcist peer.
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