#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity. With him are the skeptical young Luke, who stands to inherit the house, the mysterious and clairvoyant Theodora and the insecure Eleanor, whose psychic abilities make her feel somehow attuned to whatever spirits inhabit the old mansion. As time goes by it becomes obvious that they have gotten more than they bargained for as the ghostly presence in the house manifests itself in horrific and deadly ways.
Plot: Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity.
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And whatever walked there, walked alone.
The Haunting is directed by Robert Wise and adapted to screenplay by Nelson Gidding from the Shirley Jackson novel The Haunting of Hill House. It stars Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn and Lois Maxwell. Music is by Humphrey Searle and cinematography by David Boulton.
Hill House has a troubled history, death, either by accident or by suicide, has occurred there over the years. Today, Dr. Markway, an anthropologist and investigator of paranormal activity, leads a team of four for a stay at Hill House, where they will stay for a period of time in the hope that Markway can prove something paranormal resides there
The haunted house premise has been a staple for horror film makers since forever. To place the viewer in a murky house, alongside some character unfortunates, and then scare the tar out of them has always been the aim. It hasn’t often worked to great effect, in fact the number of genuine scary haunted house movies barely trouble the fingers of both hands. How strange, then, that the best of the bunch chose a simple formula that has never been replicated since with the same great effect.
The Haunting thrives not on what it throws at you by way of jumps and peek-a-boo visceral shocks, it deals firmly in the realm of what you can’t see scares you the most. Where we have to use our own fretful imaginations to fill in the blanks for us, which is never a good thing in psychological horror parlance. Robert Wise, a most gifted and versatile director, uses oblique camera angles, thundering sound effects and angled close ups of his actors to get the maximum amount of atmosphere from the premise.
Distortion is very much a key component here. We are told the history of the house and some of its structural quirks, the camera angles heighten this for ethereal impact whilst simultaneously marrying up to the distortion of a key character’s mental health. The story in essence sounds simple, yet there is much bubbling away in Hill House, both on the page and up there on the screen. This is not simply a case of a group of people being haunted by a spectre or otherwise, the mind is a key player here, very much so.
Along the way are some truly breath holding scenes; a bending door, pounding in the corridor, a face on the wall (the lighting here genius), Nell’s hand holding incident, a rickety spiral staircase that we fear from the off, and the ghostly finale as Hill House reveals its hand and what we thought was a simple and true narrative is actually more clever, more chilling than we first imagined. Suggestion is a very big thing in The Haunting, it’s what drives it to greatness, but it also has scenes that really bring the gooseflesh jumping up on your arms.
The acting is mostly great, with Tamblyn and Johnson correctly underplaying their roles to let the two girls take centre stage. Both Harris and Bloom are excellent. As Nell, Harris is nervous, introverted and caught up in the atmosphere of the house, it’s the pivotal role and Harris instills a heart aching fragility into the character. Bloom as Theodora has mystical qualities, a sexiness and a devilishly playful disposition, things that play off of Harris’ egg shell walking quite brilliantly. While the house itself (exterior is Ettington Park Hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon) is an ominous character all of its own. As Nell first spies the monolithic frontage she muses that it’s a monster waiting to swallow her, a small creature, whole; we know exactly how she feels.
Still the template haunted house movie, accept no substitutes and ignore stupid claims of homophobia, this is intelligent, scary and crafted with great skill. 10/10
Many years ago little nutshell asked Mommy and Daddy for permission to stay up and watch this movie. He soon regretted it, as this bone-chilling ghost story nearly caused the young lad
to soil his shorts, and it would be several more days until he could fall asleep with the lights out.
Even today, I can’t watch this movie in an empty house with the lights off. It’s just too damn scary.
Robert Wise had one of the most varied and distinguished directorial careers in Hollywood history,
and he understood very well that psychologically speaking, what you can’t see can hurt you. An
imaginative viewer will almost always fill in a blank with something far more horrible than what
the director could show on screen. This is a formula that has been largely abandoned, and is a
highly contributing reason why most of today’s horror movies absolutely suck. Give this one a go.
Wait until nightfall. Wait until nobody else is home. Turn off the lights and watch. I dare you…
Will keep you on the edge of your seat for 2 hours!
Seeing ‘The Haunting’ in the horror section, rated G, was the first surprise this movie offered. Even though the rating may seem tame, the film offers a lot more than many of the trashy 80’s and 90’s horror movies which always seem to make it into video stores and hang around like a bed smell. This small gem of a movie may not stand out on the shelf and probably wouldn’t appeal to many horror fans scouring the shelves for the latest gore flick, but if their eyes were to look past these to ‘The Haunting,’ they would be in for a pleasant surprise. This film is what a supernatural story should be – forgoing the usual barrage of special effects and buckets of blood, and relying on excellent cinematography to achieve the scares. The black and white combined with unique camera angles give Hill House an eerie, almost mystical appearance. Even though some of the acting may be a little corny at times (amid some superb acting, it must be said), the film manages to build tension steadily without ever showing the ‘ghost,’ therefore leaving you on the edge of your seat throughout. The main character (Elenor Lance) does unfortunately grate on the nerves after a while, being an overly neurotic and paranoid character, but otherwise the cast acts creditably well…even though the house steals the show! If you want a movie that gets your heart racing, turn down the lights and pump up the sound. Hill House will have you on the edge of your seat and keep you there for almost 2 hours. I only hope the remake this year does this superb film justice.
An instant classic for anyone who loves ghost stories.
There are no shortage of movies in the world with nothing more to offer than a bland and mild look into the minds of their characters. But in the Haunting that is exactly the opposite. Based on the book “The Haunting Of Hill House” by Shirly Jackson, it is more than just a ghost story. It is a journey through the damaged and saddened mind of its main character. The story surrounds the life of Elenore Vance, a dried up excuse ridden woman who has barley left the house for groceries, in four years, on the count of taking care of her sick mother. After years of putting her own life on hold so she could take care of the mother she deeply resented, her mother passes away in a manner which leaves Elenore feeling guilty and full of doubt over the anger she had toward her mother. These feelings though are forgotten when she is given an invitation to go to Hill House for a week long retreat to find scientific evidence that another, supernatural world really exists, headed up by the charming Dr. Markway. Elenore is deeply moved by her experiences at Hill House and slowly begins to slip into madness. The most interesting thing about the book as well as the movie is that it makes the suggestion that there is no ghosts in the house but that in fact it is Elenore who is slowly going insane. But that is the real kicker there are ghosts and they are slowly driving her mad. Each new incident, each new encounter with something strange in the house floods back memories of her mother and her guilt of her death. It drives her to the breaking point until the end is almost inevitable. All in all I give this movie 9 stars there are times it moves slowly but there are great characters who interact with one another and each other very well. Never watch it in the dark though you will never trust your house again.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 52 min (112 min)
Director Robert Wise
Writer Nelson Gidding (screenplay), Shirley Jackson (based on the novel: “The Haunting of Hill House”)
Actors Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn
Awards Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination.
Production Company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures International
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Film Length 3,065 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm