Hill House has an evil history with tragic accidents, suicide, and human misjudgement. Dr. Markway (Richard Johnson) is a pyschic researcher who assembles a group with histories linked to the paranormal. Eleanor (Julie Harris) was the subject of unexplained poltergeist activities as a child. She also is riddled with guilt over her mother’s death. Theadora (Claire Bloom) is a clairvoyant who befriends Eleanor at Hill House. Russ Tamblyn plays the cynical scion of the owners sent to make sure that the property is not affected by the researchers. Together the group explore Hill House and their own insecurities. —IMDb
One of the most successful directors of the 1960s, when he became an efficient maker of epic-length pictures, Robert Wise is one of Hollywood’s few popularly recognized filmmakers. He joined RKO in the 1930s as a cutter and eventually became one of the studio’s top editors, working in this capacity on classics such as The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), Citizen Kane (1941), and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). He became a director with help from producer Val Lewton, who assigned Wise to finish Curse of the Cat People (1944), a B-movie that had fallen behind schedule, and the resulting picture proved extremely haunting and enduring. Wise later directed The Body Snatcher (1945) for Lewton, but after the producer left RKO, he found himself locked into B-movies. His 1948 psychological Western Blood on The Moon, starring Robert Mitchum, and the acclaimed boxing drama The Set-Up (1949) were the only two important pictures that Wise got to do during his last four years at the studio. Wise… read more
Eerie and hypnotic as all hell, taking a page out of the Val Lewton playbook. The shot of Julie Harris walking away from the rest of the group as they fade into the darkness honestly scares the crap out of me. Great cast, great direction and excellent use of sound and black and white photography. The Haunting doesn't get anywhere nearly enough credit.
The greatest horrors strip the genre down to its very core; working on intensity, chilling visuals and a stark atmosphere that leaves behind any conventions you’ve ever seen. Robert Wises’ 1963 horror… read review
If you ask me, not as wonderful as its reputation, but certainly a highly enjoyable spook show. I think Julie Harris is too stagy in the role of Eleanor, but Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ… read review