Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The Haunting (1963)

I'm motivated to watch The Haunting because of the Robert Wise Blogathon. It's a film I've never seen. I had thought I'd watch it during October but am moving it up on the calendar. It's not like I don't already have too many movies lined up for October.

The Haunting is a 1963 horror film directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell, Fay Compton and Valentine Dyall.

This is online at youtube in 11 pieces, which should autoplay from here:

This is definitely a creepy movie.

Moria says, "The shocks that Robert Wise crafts in The Haunting are some of the most sophisticated and finely constructed ever placed on film." 1000 Misspent Hours calls it "unquestionably among the grandest and most glorious achievements of the old school" and "perhaps the most frightening film ever made." Images Journal uses it in its discussion of the newer version. AFI's article says, "This film, Wise's last in black-and-white, showcased his brilliant mastery of black-and-white techniques." The New York Times review summary describes it as "One of the most highly regarded haunted house films ever produced".

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