29 October 2013 9:27 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Talk to Russ Tamblyn about "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" or "West Side Story" and he rolls his eyes. Enough already. But he's showing up Tuesday night at The Regent in Westwood to do a special 50th anniversary pre-Halloween Q & A for a movie he's justifiably proud of that involved no dancing, the original 1963 "The Haunting," directed with screw-tightened efficiency by Robert Wise, who cut his teeth making movies for Val Lewton. (Yes, he also directed "The Sound of Music.")  Starring the late great Julie Harris as a mousy young woman, Eleanor, who comes into her own as the object of attention of a haunted house, the movie based on the Shirley Jackson classic "The Haunting of Hill House" is utterly terrifying. And influential. You'll see many of the psychological thriller tropes still in use today in such films as "The Conjuring"--accomplished without CGI. I first saw this as »

- Anne Thompson

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