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.