The Haunting

Spooks, Spells, and Screams

Director: 
Robert Wise
Year: 
1963
Rating: 
G
Run Time: 
112 mins
Cast: 
Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson

Robert Wise’s stunningly brilliant filmic adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s book, The Haunting of Hill House, reveals an evil house that has a life all of its own. Immediately after being built by Hugh Crain for his wife, Hill House began its violent history of psychological manipulations and murders. Many years later, when paranormal researcher Dr. Markway invites a group of people to investigate the mysterious home, bizarre occurrences happen almost instantly. One character in particular, Eleanor “Nell” Lance, has a strangely natural connection to Hill House and becomes utterly consumed by its past. Noted as being one of the most frightening films in cinema, Wise’s usage of camera angles, soundscapes and special effects made you believe that the architecture is breathing, tracking, and alive.