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The Haunting -- A group is introduced to the supernatural through a 90-yearold New England haunted house. Be prepared for hair-raising results in this classic horror film!
The Haunting -- 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...


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Nelson Gidding (screenplay)
Shirley Jackson (based on the novel: "The Haunting of Hill House")
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Release Date:
18 September 1963 (USA) See more »
You may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny terror See more »
A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Scariest movie ever See more (371 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julie Harris ... Eleanor Lance

Claire Bloom ... Theodora

Richard Johnson ... Dr. John Markway

Russ Tamblyn ... Luke Sanderson
Fay Compton ... Mrs. Sanderson
Rosalie Crutchley ... Mrs. Dudley

Lois Maxwell ... Grace Markway
Valentine Dyall ... Mr. Dudley
Diane Clare ... Carrie Fredericks
Ronald Adam ... Eldridge Harper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pamela Buckley ... First Mrs. Crain (uncredited)
Amy Dalby ... Abigail Crain - Age 80 (uncredited)
Rosemary Dorken ... Abigail Crain's Nurse-Companion (uncredited)
Verina Greenlaw ... Dora Fredericks (uncredited)
Claude Jones ... Garage Attendant (uncredited)
Freda Knorr ... Second Mrs. Crain (uncredited)
Howard Lang ... Hugh Crain (uncredited)
Janet Mansell ... Abigail Crain - Age 6 (uncredited)
Paul Maxwell ... Bud Fredericks (uncredited)
Susan Richards ... Nurse (uncredited)
Mavis Villiers ... Landlady (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Wise 
Writing credits
Nelson Gidding (screenplay)

Shirley Jackson (based on the novel: "The Haunting of Hill House")

Produced by
Denis Johnson .... associate producer
Robert Wise .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Humphrey Searle (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Davis Boulton (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ernest Walter 
Casting by
Irene Howard 
Production Design by
Elliot Scott 
Set Decoration by
John Jarvis 
Makeup Department
Joan Johnstone .... hairdresser
Tom Smith .... makeup
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Tomblin .... assistant director
Art Department
Ivor Beddoes .... sketch artist
Mickey Lennon .... chargehand dressing prop (uncredited)
Sound Department
J.B. Smith .... dubbing mixer
Allan Sones .... dubbing editor
Gerry Turner .... sound recordist
A.W. Watkins .... recording supervisor
Desmond Briscoe .... special sound effects (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tom Howard .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan McCabe .... camera operator
Norman Gryspeerdt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maude Churchill .... wardrobe supervisor
Mary Quant .... clothes: Claire Bloom's
Music Department
Humphrey Searle .... music conducted by
Other crew
Hazel Swift .... continuity
Crew verified as complete

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112 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:G (alternate rating) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (original rating) (PCA #20156) | USA:G (1972) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Robert Wise had been on a contract with MGM and owed them one more film, so he brought "The Haunting" to them. They would only give him 1 million dollars to shoot the film, and Wise insisted that he needed a bigger budget. In the end he brought the project over to MGM in London, where they were willing to pay him 1.1 million, so he accepted and decided to do the film in England.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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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Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »


Why has Dr Markway arranged this experiment at Hill House?
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105 out of 124 people found the following review useful.
Scariest movie ever, 25 September 2005
Author: grrshimaD from United States

There is no blood, there is no slashing, today this would be rated "G." But, this is the scariest movie, ever. Every time I watch this masterpiece (and I have watched it over 50 times), I see or hear something new.

The density of the black and white is incredible. The camera angles and reflection shots are unsettling. The score is appropriately terrifying, from the ringing of tiny bells to the cannon ball rocking down the hall.

The cast is excellent. The direction superb. This is horror at the peak of perfection--it is in your mind. The only thing better is to read the book by Ms. Jackson on a dark night when you are all alone, and "far from town." As Stephen King said about Shirley Jackson, "She never had to shout." Mr. Wise is to be credited with bringing her whispers to the screen.

Rent this for Halloween. Or, own it forever. I still have trouble getting to sleep after I watch this.

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