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The Haunting (1963)

Released on 29 September 2003

Featuring: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom & Richard Johnson

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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"An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House had stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House and whatever walked there, walked alone."

Thus begins one of the most chilling, most frightening, truly unforgettable horror films ever. Dr. Markway is an anthropologist with a special interest in psychic phenomena who wants to try a true exercise in terror. Intrigued by the legend of Hill House, he invites two women, psychic researchers, to join him in his adventure. Mrs. Sammerson, who has inherited the old mansion, is suspicious of Dr. Markway's intentions and insists that her young nephew Luke go along with the group. Luke is a skeptic about the supernatural, until he enters Dr. Markway's eerie world...
  • Commentary by Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Russ Tamblyn, director Robert Wise, and screenwriter Nelson Gidding
  • Theatrical trailer(s)
  • Stills gallery
  • 'Things That Go Bump In The Night' essay
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selection

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 unforgettable haunting

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This black and white 1963 film is the BEST horror I have ever watched, I have viewed it numerous times, but never alone, I could never view it alone cos it scares me so much. Poor Eleanor, I know time and again how it ends, but I so want her to get away from Hell House. It has such an influence on me that I wont even have a copy of it in my home, I am so frightened. I know it is silly and my husband laughs at me, but better to be safe than sorry. It makes the re make pale into insignificance, is it because it is filmed in black and white? is it the sound effects? or is it Eleanor? I say to anyone who has'nt seen it, give it a go it is unforgettable, oh! and by the way, be afraid, be very afraid, and remember never watch it alone.


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Ever seen the Evil Dead? This is where Sam Raimi got his camera ideas from - The crash zooms, reverse dolly shots, tilted angles, you name it, it's here.


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I've seen this film numerous times - recorded it off the TV, bought the video, upgraded to DVD... and it's one of the finest, creepiest horror/thriller movies of all time. No matter how many times I watch, it still makes my spine tingle! The line "Whose hand was I holding!?" makes me shiver every time. Buy It!

 Old School Horror

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This original version of 'The Haunting' is by far the best. I first saw this film when I was about 8 and it has stood the test of time as my favourite horror film to date.

In this original, unlike the Catherine Zeta Jones remake, the horror lies in what we cannot see. The concept of 'things that go bump in the night' (quite literally in this film) let's the audience's imagination run wild, creating a tense and spooky film from the outset.

With all the special effects in horror flicks nowadays you will never be scared out of your wits by this film. Instead the directors use of ethereal cinematography and ominous sets keep you interested all the way through.

....or maybe I'm biased.

 frighteningly good!

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I don't know who said it or when but the statement 'what you don't see is often scarier' has rarely been so true in film. The fact that this film is nearly 50 years old makes it that much more astonishing too! Set in a fantastic old house with just 4 science 'experiment' companions the film straight away builds tension and unease and keeps it ramped up right until the films conclusion. One of the, if not the creepiest non gory films ever made, this really is a lesson in film making. Superb use of camera work and sound effects really do create a genuine fear of the unknown, an absolute classic and a 5 star film if ever there was one. Deserves a place in any horror lovers crypt!

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ActorsJulie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Lois Maxwell & Diane Clare
DirectorRobert Wise
Certificate12 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish ; French ; Italian - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono
SubtitlesArabic ; Dutch ; English ; English for the hearing impaired ; French ; Italian ; Italian for the hearing impaired
Duration1 hour and 47 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.