The Haunting (1963)

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A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind.



(screenplay), (based on the novel: "The Haunting of Hill House")
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Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity. With him are the skeptical young Luke, who stands to inherit the house, the mysterious and clairvoyant Theodora and the insecure Eleanor, whose psychic abilities make her feel somehow attuned to whatever spirits inhabit the old mansion. As time goes by it becomes obvious that they have gotten more than they bargained for as the ghostly presence in the house manifests itself in horrific and deadly ways. Written by Doug Sederberg <>

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Release Date:

18 September 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Casa Maldita  »

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$1,400,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Robert Wise made the film as a dedication to the memory of his mentor, Val Lewton, who had died 12 years earlier. See more »


When Eleanor runs into a room in Hill House, a close-up shot shows a mirror fall off a mantle on its own. However, a wire is visible attached to the middle of the back of the mirror and going through a hole in the middle of the wall behind it. When the mirror falls, the wire goes slack as the wire feeds out of the hole in the wall, meaning the wire was held taut to hold the mirror up on the mantle until it was time to release the wire. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. John Markway: [voice-over] An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House had stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there... walked alone.
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More faithful to the book
3 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

After finding this gem at the public library's VHS section, I finally received the chance to watch the 'better' version of The Haunting. With what I could recall from reading the original novel (after seeing the modern version), I found this cinematic version infinately better and denser in character exposition than the 1999 version. In this 1963 version, the ending stayed closer to what happened in the novel and that was the definitive moment of The Haunting. I can't say much for the modern version, other than it was an effects film.

What I found original in this 1963 version is that there were some clever uses of lensing effects to heighten the strangeness of Hill House. By adjusting the props in the sets so that they are off by a few degrees, it helps to unsettle the viewer.

I'm hoping for a dvd release so that I can own both versions of the film. In the meantime, read the novel. There were a few details left out.

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