31 October 2014

The Haunting (1963)
112 min.
Directed by Robert Wise.
With Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Lois Maxwell, Fay Compton, Rosalie Crutchley, Diane Clare.
An outstanding ghost story (nearly) singlehandedly carried by the great Julie Harris.

The story: a group of paranormal researchers gather at the infamous Hill House to ascertain if the place is indeed haunted by supernatural spirits per its legend.

But will sensitive outsider Harris live to find the truth?

An undisputed victory of fine performances and creative style over gimmicks (the film boasts virtually zero special FX), The Haunting is a crisply shot black and white journey of ghostly terror and a touching document on the 'truth'; Harris (East of Eden, How Awful About Allan) and Bloom are perfect.

It's all in the mind, folks.

And really, what scarier place could there be?

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