The Haunting

The Haunting

DVD - 2010 | Widescreen edition released 1963.
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Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, [2010]
Edition: Widescreen edition released 1963.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780780664050
0780664051
Branch Call Number: DVD HAU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) :,sound, black & white ;,4 3/4 in.
Title: The haunting
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, [2010]
Edition: Widescreen edition released 1963.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) :,sound, black & white ;,4 3/4 in.
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Includes bonus material.
Original film copyrighted and released in 1963.
Local Note: 1 10 17
ISBN: 9780780664050
0780664051
Branch Call Number: DVD HAU
Statement of Responsibility: [directed by Robert Wise]
Copyright Date: ©2010
Performers: Starring Julie Harris and others ; based on the novel by Shirley Jackson.
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Soundtrack in English or French; subtitles available in English, French or Spanish.
Publisher No: 65194
3000033420
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This 1963 adaptation of Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House" sets the groundwork for its 1999 remake. While EPL does not have a copy of the remake, we can loan you a copy of the original!


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RobertC65
Nov 08, 2019

This is truly terrific and terrifying adaption of the Shirley Jackson novel. Great acting, amazing sets and plenty of suspense all in black and white. Look for Amber Tamblyn's father in a starring role too. Be prepared to be scared!

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xiaojunbpl12
Apr 01, 2019

Having read the book thoroughly, the film is more boring, no suspense left

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aleenstone
Apr 11, 2018

The explanation for filming this from the artistic and technical standpoint was worthwhile and deserves 3 stars. However, I thought the story was totally boring. The actresses are known for their brilliance and finesse and it was interesting see them doing what they considered fine acting ..as do/did the majority of reviewers. .

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TwilightBlue
Dec 20, 2014

OK. This 1960 ghost story was kinda scary, but - Why the house's less-than-friendly poltergeist wanted Eleanor (clearly the dullest and most irritating person in the group gathered at the house) to join forces with it was beyond me.

You'd think that even an erratic doppleganger would be seeking someone who might "liven" things up around the place and maybe even contribute some new and imaginative techniques to the art of haunting a house.

To me it was as plain as the nose on Eleanor's mousy, non-descript face that she wasn't the right candidate for this sort of unique undertaking.

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jazeebelle
Jun 09, 2014

This classic stands it's ground even today in it's scare factor. Creepy and downright terrifying at time... I've seen it many times, and still certain scenes creep me out a little too much! Highly recommend it for a stormy October night.

fillups Aug 13, 2013

Several commenters have asked, "Why Eleanor?" I would answer that this character is the most psychologically scarred, the one who is least connected to the real world, the person most likely to cross over. Eleanor is clearly sensitive to psychic vibrations and is receptive. This makes her an inviting target for the unearthly powers that are in the Haunting. See it for the claustrophobic hallways, the eerie housekeeper, the great music and cinematography. This is an eerie treat.

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Monolith
Jul 21, 2012

I guess I'm in the minority, but I found this to be a case of the student surpassing the teacher. I think the '99 remake was better than this original (not much, but better). I realize the remake had an unfair advantage with special effects technological advancements, but this wasn't scary at all. Squeaks, moans, groans, crazy camera angles, and an expanding door. That's it. I found the main character, Eleanor, unlikeable, and annoying. I guess I'm spoiled. 1963's "The Haunting" should've been called "The Yawning".

laughingkitty Jun 23, 2012

One of the best Gothic horror.

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CalicoJack
Jan 26, 2012

Wonderful old chestnut from 1963, based on the novel of the same name by the incomparable Shirley Jackson, queen of there-are-more-terrors-on-the-inside-than-the-outside horror fiction. Don't fail to take special note of Claire Bloom's snazzy wardrobe by iconic 1960s Welsh fashion designer Mary Quant.

soatja Nov 29, 2011

No vampires, no zombies, no serial killers--and yet scary! How could that be? "The Haunting" is one of the truly most frightening movies ever made, based on a profoundly unsettling novel. Watch the movie, read the book--or both!

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Monolith
Jul 21, 2012

Mrs. Dudley: "...No one lives any nearer than town. No one will come any nearer than that." Eleanor Lance: "I know." Mrs. Dudley: "...In the night... in the dark..." (she grins and leaves)

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