The Haunting

Release Date: November 1st, 2002

DVD Release Date: August 5th, 2003

G |1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary

Dr. John Markway, an anthropologist with an interest in psychic phenomena, takes two specially selected women to Hill House, a reportedly haunted mansion. Eleanor (Julie Harris), a lonely, eccentric woman with a supernatural event in her past, and the bold Theodora (Claire Bloom), who has ESP, join John and the mansion's heir, cynical Luke (Russ Tamblyn). They are immediately overwhelmed by strange sounds and events, and Eleanor comes to believe the house is alive and speaking directly to her.

Cast: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Lois Maxwell, Fay Compton, Valentine Dyall, Rosalie Crutchley

Director: Robert Wise

Genres: Horror

Production Co: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures International

Keywords: 1960s , Mystery , Friend , Quest ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    The Guardian

    From a potentially creaky, cliche-filled premise (a gaggle of stereotypes are invited to a spooky old house where all is not as it seems), director Robert Wise leads us on a brilliantly unsettling journey. show more

  • 100
    Ian FreerEmpire

    It's one of the most highly-wrought (indeed, overwrought) films ever made, with art direction, editing, sound effects, weird camera angles and lighting orchestrated to fill every frame with hints of the unsettling. show more

  • 80
    Time Out London

    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. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture