The Haunting

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  • Horror films
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Often overwrought in its performances, this adaptation of Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting of Hill House - a group of people gather in a large old house to determine whether or not a poltergeist is the source of rumours that it is haunted - still manages to produce its fair share of frissons. What makes the film so effective is not so much the slightly sinister characterisation of the generally neurotic group, but the fact that Wise makes the house itself the central character, a beautifully designed and highly atmospheric entity which, despite the often annoyingly angled camerawork, becomes genuinely frightening. At its best, the film is a pleasing reminder that Wise served his apprenticeship under Val Lewton at RKO.

Release details

Duration: 112 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert Wise
Screenwriter: Nelson Gidding
Cast: Julie Harris
Claire Bloom
Richard Johnson
Russ Tamblyn
Fay Compton
Rosalie Crutchley
Lois Maxwell
Valentine Dyall