This was so much fun! I loved the relationships that were set up in this film. Especially that of the brother and sister, since there is no modern equivalent. And there were actually two or three scenes that were genuinely very creepy! Especially the first wailing scene. And Ray Milland is always an absolutely joy on screen. Add great visuals, effects and editing and you got yourself a damn good film!
This really isn't a horror film, that would be misrepresenting it. It is more a comedy with ghosts. The odd thing is that the ghosts aren't treated comically at all, its just they happen to be residing in a very upbeat, humorous environment. This atmosphere that pervades the film happens to be in spite of people trying to throw themselves off cliffs. A strange movie, and not a very remarkable or rewarding one.
Definitely respectable for its place within its genre; that being, a catalyst for more serious haunted house tales like, 'The Haunting'. But at the same time, mostly very dry, bordering on dull. Probably not worth watching more than once.
It was silly, chilly and mysterious. I was screaming guesses at the screen and Instagramming its gorgeous B&W cinematography. Hollywood horror needs to get retro and return to the thick, cold subtlety of that creepy Windward house. And I appreciate the strong female lead: I mean, Pam kept her shit together even when home alone with a wailing ghost. Badass.
Not understanding all the hatred for this film on here. Thought it was an excellent haunted house story with very cool special effects for the time. Milland is excellent, probably his best role outside of Wilder's Lost Weekend. I can see why it recently got a Criterion. Without this, The Haunting and other probably wouldnt exist. 4.5 stars