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The Haunting (1963)

Isn't it supposed to be one of the best horror movies ever made?

Should I spend $4 to order this movie?

by Anonymousreply 10405/18/2014

Very, very good, but don't expect any gore.

by Anonymousreply 112/03/2010

Great psychological horror. Great flick.

by Anonymousreply 212/03/2010

I've seen it about a dozen times and I still get scared. No big budget, no blood & guts no CGI special effects - just fine acting, screenplay, and great directing by Robert Wise. It will scare the hell out of you.

by Anonymousreply 312/03/2010

I love this movie. Yes, you must see it.

by Anonymousreply 412/03/2010

It's a classic, and it still scares me to death. The house itself is the greatest character in the story.

by Anonymousreply 512/03/2010

Great psychological and psycho[italic]social[/italic] horror.

by Anonymousreply 612/03/2010

I was scared shitless when I saw it in the sixties when I was ten years old.

Now I love classy lesbian Claire Bloom teasing backward Julie Harris.

by Anonymousreply 712/03/2010

Love this movie! A question for fans: Do you think the house really is haunted - or is Julie Harris going "Carrie" with her latent telekinetic powers?

by Anonymousreply 812/03/2010

The movie is overcooked, but I believe the house was haunted and crazy Julie wanted to MARRY IT!

by Anonymousreply 912/03/2010

That's a good question, r8.

by Anonymousreply 1012/03/2010

[quote]Now I love classy lesbian Claire Bloom teasing backward Julie Harris.%0D %0D I do too. I'd guess a lot of us were so young the first time we saw it that it was years before we realized Theo was gay.%0D %0D [quote]Love this movie! A question for fans: Do you think the house really is haunted - or is Julie Harris going "Carrie" with her latent telekinetic powers?%0D %0D I think the house was evil and haunted - after all, people won't live there and the creepy housekeeper keeps saying cheerful things about being alone in the dark when nobody can hear you scream. I also think, however, that Eleanor's powers almost instantly summon up the ghosts because they recognize a kindred, lonely, disturbed spirit. %0D %0D Martine Scorsese's favorite horror film, by the way. %0D %0D Some interesting trivia at IMDB:%0D %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 1112/03/2010

My favorite horror movie. I love the morphing doorknob scene - at least I think that was what was going on - something about the door, with the girls hugging each other on the bed. Sexy too.

by Anonymousreply 1212/03/2010

scared little kid me.

by Anonymousreply 1312/03/2010

The fact that there's no gore is one of the best things about it. Pure psychological horror. The best. The acting is terrific - some of the scenes - where Nell's in bed with Theo and she says she's holding her hand too tight - and Theo replies that she isn't holding her hand - are terrifying.

by Anonymousreply 1412/03/2010

OP, it's a snooze fest. Don't believe any of the fantasists reporting their willies here. They just remember Claire Bloom's lesbo creation and how the whole thing seemed vaguely artsy. Nothing happens, the camera shots and music will drive you nuts, and Julie Harris is so completely tedious you'll wonder why the trees don't pull themselves up by their roots and chase her in her car for the pleasure of shutting that insipid yammering up once and for all.

by Anonymousreply 1512/03/2010

Fuck you R15. It's a classic.%0D %0D Julie Harris is fantastic as the repressed Eleanor. The movie was shot at a famous house in England, not New England where the story is set. Shirley Jackson had a lot of tragedy in her life. The book is a classic too.

by Anonymousreply 1612/04/2010

It is one of the most faithful book-to-film adaptations I can think of.

by Anonymousreply 1712/04/2010

Incredible film. It can give me gosebumps just thinking about it.

by Anonymousreply 1812/04/2010

R15 = 15 years old

by Anonymousreply 1912/04/2010

Wonderful film. Another great film from Robert Wise. Shirley Jackson also wrote "We Have Always Lived in the Castle". She also wrote lighthearted memoirs based on her family. "Life Among the Savages" and "Raising Demons". Interesting lady.

by Anonymousreply 2012/04/2010

It will scare the shit out of you.%0D %0D "Who was holding my hand?"%0D %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 2112/04/2010

There was a rumored film version of "We Have Always Lived In The Castle" to be produced by Michael Douglas' production company. IMDB simply has it as "in development." I hope they do it, Jackson is one of my favorite authors.

by Anonymousreply 2212/04/2010

Incredible camera work - the camera following that twisty staircase gives me the shivers.

In the right hands "We have always lived in the castle" could be great. Hope they don't mess it up.

by Anonymousreply 2312/04/2010

I'm with R15-an absolute bore-and, no, I don't need buckets of gore or cheap scares to enjoy a horror film. Maybe something great in its time, but absolutely overrated. Stick with the stellar remake starring Catherine Zeta Jones and Owen Wilson-perfection!

by Anonymousreply 2412/04/2010

It's a good film, but certainly not scary, not even a little. Creepy, well-shot, good acting, cool house...but NOT scary.

by Anonymousreply 2512/04/2010

"Maybe something great in its time, but absolutely overrated. Stick with the stellar remake starring Catherine Zeta Jones and Owen Wilson-perfection!"%0D %0D Are you being sarcastic or joking? If not, you are a pathetic retard. The "stellar remake" of The Haunting was universally panned as a pitiful, shitty disaster. It SUCKS bigtime. %0D

by Anonymousreply 2612/04/2010

What makes it a film worth seeing are the actors -- Julie Harris and Claire Bloom.

by Anonymousreply 2712/04/2010

Yes, if you don't need a lot of blood and gore to enjoy a good scare movie, this is for you. I especially love Claire Bloom and Russ Tamblyn in this and of course Julie Harris is fantastic.

by Anonymousreply 2812/04/2010

I'm 47 minutes into it and I have to say, I wish I had taken R15's advice.

by Anonymousreply 2912/04/2010

Creepy, but ultimately frustrating.

A big tease.

by Anonymousreply 3012/04/2010

Kids today. Feh!

If there isn't an explosion every 10 minutes, and a car chase, and naked sex, and gunshots, and gushing blood, it's just not considered worth watching.

My brothers and I grew up on horror films. This has always been one of our favorites - and it was the first film that scared us without there being a "monster" to make it a "monster movie."

When we recommended it to our nieces and nephews, they were severely disappointed, and they actually laughed at it.

by Anonymousreply 3112/04/2010

Not everyone appreciates fine wine. Some prefer wine coolers or alcoholic whipped cream.

by Anonymousreply 3212/04/2010

I wouldn't mislead people with the idea that it is a horror film. It is a disturbing psychological drama, but like "The Innocents" I wouldn't say it was horrifying, just disturbing. And of course incredibly well-made.

by Anonymousreply 3312/04/2010

Which one of you bitches wants to be responsible for refunding my $4?

by Anonymousreply 3412/04/2010

Since the film is called, "The Haunting," and the main character is a big, scary, haunted mansion, anyone who is foolish enough to be frightened by anything on the screen rather than fasten on the psychological profiles of the human (and previously human) characters must, by definition, be a "moron."

by Anonymousreply 3512/04/2010

Frightening, creepy, well-made, but ultimately unsatisfying. Had nothing to do with lack of gore or effects (all of which have nothing to do with a satisfying "horror" movie).

by Anonymousreply 3612/05/2010

OP can't even stay away from the internet while watching, don't expect him to appreciate this atmospheric and spooky masterpiece.

Not only 15 but probably texts throug whole movies in theaters.

by Anonymousreply 3712/05/2010


by Anonymousreply 3812/05/2010

[quote]The acting is terrific - some of the scenes - where Nell's in bed with Theo and she says she's holding her hand too tight - and Theo replies that she isn't holding her hand - are terrifying.

That scene is probably the most terrifying thing I've ever seen in a movie. The cinematography and sound are outstanding in every way.

by Anonymousreply 3912/05/2010

The 1963 version is one of the most frightening horror movies ever IMO. The 1998 remake is a pathetic piece of slop.

The 1963 movie had a $1.5 million budget. The 1998 remake had an $80 million budget. Further proof that today's filmmakers are for the most part talentless hacks.

by Anonymousreply 4012/05/2010

[quote]The 1963 movie had a $1.5 million budget. The 1998 remake had an $80 million budget.

Which using the, nominal GDP per capita calculation, are similar amounts.

by Anonymousreply 4112/05/2010

Actually, according to IMDB, the original film had a $1.1MM budget.

by Anonymousreply 4212/05/2010

Very overrated. I enjoyed the remake with Lily Taylor much more, though I hated the updating of Catherine Zeta-Jones' Theo to a stereotypical bisexual. Every word out of her mouth just oozed shallow cuntyness, and it was the first time I realized that CZJ was MUCH older than her claimed age.

by Anonymousreply 4312/05/2010

The remake was a pile of crap with big-budget special effects that did nothing to improve on the original. The story was also changed and not for the better; the changes were just plain stupid.%0D %0D Remakes more often than not are terrible and the remake of TH was no exception.

by Anonymousreply 4412/05/2010

It's overrated, and I wasn't scared!

Sorry, bitches.

by Anonymousreply 4512/05/2010

Very good movie.%0D %0D The remake with Catherine Zeta Jones and Liam Neeson was AWFUL.

by Anonymousreply 4612/05/2010

The book [italic]The Encyclopedia of Horror Movies[/italic] had a problem with this movie. Warning: In case you haven't seen the movie yet, there's spoiler in the analysis . . .%0D %0D "The script presents [Bloom's] lesbianism as somehow equally unnatural as Harris's susceptibility to ghosts. It's a small wonder that a script which conceives lesbianism in such bigoted terms also designates the nursery as the wellspring of horror and the married, maternal figure as the woman-in-white who causes the sensitive Harris's death. In the end, what haunts the movie is precisely the notion that lesbianism is somehow unnatural and horrifying."

by Anonymousreply 4712/05/2010

The ONLY good thing about the remake was the set - the house and the stage sets were amazing, although of course far from the original description of the house in the novel, and its appearance in the original film.%0D %0D And one more good thing about the remake - Owen Wilson gets beheaded. I would gladly pay money to watch that anytime.

by Anonymousreply 4812/05/2010

How did Eleanor know that Theo was a lesbian? It's not like she came on to her -- or came out to her.

by Anonymousreply 4912/05/2010

Theo was cruising Julie Andrews from the first frame.

by Anonymousreply 5012/05/2010

The remake has the worst dialogue ever committed to film that wasn't bad on purpose.

by Anonymousreply 5112/05/2010

Anyone who is not smart enough and sensitive enough to thoroughly enjoy this a retard. Hands down. %0D %0D Universally understood as one of the greatest horror films ever made. But it requires an ability to appreciate the psychological aspects, the creepiness of never actually SEEING "monsters" or ghosts that some idiots can't abide.%0D %0D The remake was awful. Anyone who prefers the remake is also a retard. You people come from inferior genetic stock. Sorry.

by Anonymousreply 5212/05/2010

Or maybe you're just old-fashioned and ... old.

by Anonymousreply 5312/05/2010

Being young and culturally ignorant with plebian tastes! YAY! Black and white movies suck! Justin Bieber rules! YAY!

by Anonymousreply 5412/05/2010

Certainly one of the best acted. Harris and Bloom - still with us! (Bloom is currently playing the queen mother in The KIng's Speech) - are two of the greats.

by Anonymousreply 5512/05/2010

Really good use of black and white photography. Worth a look OP. The Catherine Zeta-Jones remake was cheap in comparison.

by Anonymousreply 5612/05/2010

The house is calling you, Nell....

by Anonymousreply 5712/05/2010

Loved it but...%0D %0D I always felt the part when Eleanor is driving to Hill House and we hear her thoughts was a rip off of Psycho, with Marion doing pretty much the same thing before she reaches the Bates.

by Anonymousreply 5812/05/2010

Some of you don't get it. The movie had *great* promise, but never delivered. There was no ending; it petered out. Now if any of those who consider themselves superior because you like the film can speak to this, please do.

by Anonymousreply 5912/05/2010

R15 here. Film buff. Let's examine R16's argument to see exactly what the value of the movie is in the fan's eyes.

[quote] Fuck you [R15]. It's a classic.

Okay. That's intelligent. Shall we say the writer is passing on informed second-hand information without evidence and citing an adjective as somehow being proof of value?

[quote] Julie Harris is fantastic as the repressed Eleanor.

Well, I suggest R16 look up the definition of the word "fantastic" as then check what I said at R15 to see how well it matches.

[quote] The movie was shot at a famous house in England, not New England where the story is set.

Very persuasive argument. We are at this point starting to wonder if your medication has just started to kick in.

[quote] Shirley Jackson had a lot of tragedy in her life.

And this means what in reference to the value of the movie, dear?

[quote] The book is a classic too.

I believe the word is "circular."

In other words, the fool offers nothing to indicate why anyone should think the movie is worth a bother, except that Julie Harris is fantastic.

And that is the level of DL criticism, from people accusing naysayers of being 15.

Now, if my quotes act up here, you do realize it only offers proof that I messed up quotes and not my argument? Or are you just too stupid to follow? Oh, I guess I didn't need to ask that...

by Anonymousreply 6012/05/2010

Sort of in love with R60.

by Anonymousreply 6112/05/2010

I know, R60; the sheeple.

by Anonymousreply 6212/05/2010

Don't watch it alone.

by Anonymousreply 6312/05/2010

How about you just telling us why you don't like it R15/60 and stop being such as asshole? Obviously, the majority LOVE it.

by Anonymousreply 6412/05/2010

There was no excuse for the ending, R64. None.

by Anonymousreply 6512/05/2010

I don't feel that the ending peters out at all. I found it very satisfying. Eleanor becomes part of the house, another tragic lost soul sucked into its evil heart. Pretty great if you ask me (which of course you didn't.)

by Anonymousreply 6612/05/2010

What the hell did you expect the ending to be, r65?

by Anonymousreply 6712/05/2010

[quote]What the hell did you expect the ending to be, [R65]?%0D %0D %0D %0D %0D %0D Nell and Luke get married with Theo in attendance as maid of honor. That would have been a nice ending and would have tied everything together.

by Anonymousreply 6812/05/2010

Director Robert Wise got his start working on the Val Lewton horror film unit at RKO in the 40's. The Haunting certainly shows the Lewton influence as the "horror" is conveyed in atmosphere, not gore and action. It's a very good film of an excellently written novel.%0D %0D The remake was an overproduced travesty, especially the "twist" in which the man who built Hill House was revealed to be Nell's grandfather.

by Anonymousreply 6912/05/2010

Anything but the non-ending that was.

by Anonymousreply 7012/05/2010

Non-ending... WTF? You're nuts.

by Anonymousreply 7112/05/2010

R15/R60, why don't you actually say something about the film, little Mr Film Buff? I suppose a juvenile pissing match on the Internet is more your intellectual style.

Others here may kind of love you, but nothing you said in R15 was even close to critique, unless "using a lot of overstuffed hyperbole while calling others liars" is a definition of critique I'm unfamiliar with. Perhaps I should dig out the OED.

by Anonymousreply 7212/05/2010

Gay rights are women's rights. Stop the violence against women on DataLounge.

by Anonymousreply 7312/05/2010

Using the word "frau" to show your contempt for some women is an act of violence against all women.

by Anonymousreply 7412/05/2010

Hatred of women is killing you. Gay men will not be free if women are not free. Stop the violence.

by Anonymousreply 7512/05/2010

Something always haunted me, until I realized that Robert Wise was the cause.

The evil wallpaper in "The Haunting" is the same pattern as the curtain fabric in "The Sound of Music."

Now the curse is on you all.

by Anonymousreply 7612/05/2010

Which curtain fabric? The play clothes?

by Anonymousreply 7712/06/2010

r76, it is not. You made that up, cunt.

by Anonymousreply 7812/06/2010

Maria Von Trapp = frigid loner who marries solemn prig

Nell = frigid loner who yearns for solemn prig

Baroness = sophisticated lesbian

Theo = sophisticated lesbian

Clear enough?

by Anonymousreply 7912/06/2010


by Anonymousreply 8012/06/2010

R15/R60 are one nasty bitch who has too much time on her hands. You want an argument? Julie Harris is fan-tas-tic. The movie is g-r-e-a-t. Or do you think Morgan Fairchild as Jennifer Pace on Search for Tomorrow is great acting? %0D %0D The Shirley Jackson book left an incredible impression on me. It spooked me silly. %0D %0D You are miserable prick. %0D %0D I don't take meds. Obviously you need some. So I send you My Happiness - I can share it with someone as miserable as you and I pray that you are better. I am blessed.

by Anonymousreply 8112/06/2010

This is a popular movie with older gay men like those rhapsodizing about it in this topic because on many levels they identify with Julie Harris's celebrate old spinster twirling around barefoot in an old nightgown on the edge of madness. Not since Blanche DuBois have gay movie fans been enthralled by this type of character.

by Anonymousreply 8212/06/2010

she was hate-raped!

by Anonymousreply 8312/06/2010

r82 is an idiot.%0D %0D r39, Theo never says she isn't holding Nell's hand. Watch the movie again.

by Anonymousreply 8412/06/2010

Count me in as someone who was disappointed by this movie. I am exactly the sort of Old Movie Queen who usually loves this sort of camp-ola.

But I thought THE HAUNTING was all set-up with very little follow through. There are a few genuine chills along the way but you keep expecting something major to develop and nothing really does. Apart from Harris everyone turns out to be set dressing. It seems like they tacked on the final whammy because, well, something has to happen to allow a plot to resolve so we'll just do it this way and then everyone will know the movie's over.

by Anonymousreply 8512/06/2010

The book's ending--which is a literary flourish of two or three lines, really--is much more satisfying than the movie even if it's not more revealing.

by Anonymousreply 8612/07/2010

DL use of the c-word, and the word "frau," must be stopped - not just because they are offensive, but because they are making it possible for people to harm queer teens. Stop the violence.

by Anonymousreply 8712/13/2010

I just watched it.

While I love old films, and love atmosphere, this film was not scary in the slightest.

I don't get why people are saying it's frightening..

...really? Why?? Please explain!

by Anonymousreply 8805/04/2013

I think it's a great movie, but Lois Maxwell and/or her character didn't work for me. Maybe it was a lack of chemistry with Bloom, Harris, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn who were so perfect together. I felt Maxwell's character was presented too broadly, and it diminished the ending a bit for me.

OTOH, it's still the best haunted house movie i can think of.

by Anonymousreply 8905/04/2013

On TCM NOW.... the knocking sounds are beginning!!!!

by Anonymousreply 9005/17/2014

Tonight was haunted house night on TCM -- The Haunting, The Legend of Hell House and Poltergeist.

by Anonymousreply 9105/17/2014

Gayle Hunnicutt--in Legend of Hell House--has the most phenomenal hair, especially considering that she's trapped in a haunted house.

by Anonymousreply 9205/17/2014

In today's world, it's interesting that The Haunting and The Legend of Hell House both hold up so well and are still very frightening, despite the fact that there is no blood or gore in either. Everything scary is psychological.

by Anonymousreply 9305/17/2014

[R15] [R24] [R25] NO TASTE IN FILM

A REAL CLASSIC SCARY AS ALL HELL Julie Harris one of the finest American actresses of all time Claire Bloom great, Mrs. Dudley the housekeeper priceless I found the professor kind of sexy too

The remake was lame and too sfx ridden

The novel is the best horror novel I have ever read

The scene of Julie/Claire in the bedroom truly horrifying--and you have toi use your imagination.

If you have no imagination, you cannot appreciate this film.

by Anonymousreply 9405/18/2014

[quote]Gayle Hunnicutt--in Legend of Hell House--has the most phenomenal hair, especially considering that she's trapped in a haunted house.

I noticed that too -- she could've done a Pantene commercial. Also: Pamela Franklin's titties. ¡[italic]Escándalo![/italic]

[quote]In today's world, it's interesting that The Haunting and The Legend of Hell House both hold up so well and are still very frightening, despite the fact that there is no blood or gore in either.

[italic]The Legend of Hell House[/italic] gets bloody in a couple of scenes, but otherwise it's very restrained.

[quote]It seems like they tacked on the final whammy because, well, something has to happen to allow a plot to resolve so we'll just do it this way and then everyone will know the movie's over.

Well, it beats the lame way the remake ended.

by Anonymousreply 9505/18/2014

After reading through this old thread, I'm amazed to see that there are people dumb enough to prefer the laughably bad remake to the original. I guess some people have such short attention spans they need to have every bit of screen space filled with bad CGI.

by Anonymousreply 9605/18/2014

How did the remake end, R95?

by Anonymousreply 9705/18/2014

I read the book several times as a child - it was in a Reader's Digest condensed book that my parents had. It always scared the shit out of me. When I was in high school I read the whole novel, which included weird stuff the condensed version left. I didn't see the movie until many years later, but I thought it was well done and perfectly cast.

The remake was a ludicrous travesty that destroyed the whole concept of the book.

by Anonymousreply 9805/18/2014

What R85 said.

It will leave you wanting more.

by Anonymousreply 9905/18/2014

For R97:

by Anonymousreply 10005/18/2014

Thanks R[100] Now that was truly horrifying.

by Anonymousreply 10105/18/2014

Thanks R95/97

That was dreadful

by Anonymousreply 10205/18/2014

Dude it was just shown on TCM last night, mmmkay? And like it's always shown on TV so don't waste your money. There are no ghosties to see just a bunch of weird people who think some house is haunted.

Go on NetFlix and rent "The Conjuring" instead.

Quit living in the past. You're always writing about stuff from like 50 years ago. All them people be D-E-D now.

by Anonymousreply 10305/18/2014

Good films are timeless, and the 1963 version of "The Haunting" is a good film. Go ahead and watch "The Conjuring" for me, r103. I'll be watching "The Haunting" instead, the next time TCM airs it again.

by Anonymousreply 10405/18/2014
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