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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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Director:
Writers:
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 »
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Tagline:
You may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny terror See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Forty one years after its release, this movie is still frightening. See more (362 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
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Runtime:
112 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
Nelson Gidding's initial concept for the script was that Eleanor had experienced a nervous breakdown and had been hospitalized, and that the house was the hospital, the other characters were staff and patients, and the booms and knockings were the result of shock treatments. The entire story would have been inside the head of a mentally ill woman. However, upon discussing this with author Shirley Jackson (who simply regarded it as a haunted-house story), he decided to backpedal on that idea, but still emphasized Eleanor's crumbling sanity in his final script.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Grave Encounters 2 (2012)See more »

FAQ

What's the story with Theo's character?
Who was haunting Hill House?
Any recommendations for other movies where the evil entity is the house itself?
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101 out of 116 people found the following review useful.
Forty one years after its release, this movie is still frightening., 4 April 2004
Author: jeklv from Columbus, Ohio

ABC broadcast this film as a Sunday Night Movie in, I believe, 1965. I watched it with my best friend at his house, which happened to be next door. After the movie was over I was afraid to walk home. Thirty eight years later, this movie is still the scariest movie I've ever seen.

It's hard to put into words why this movie triggers such an emotional response. There is no blood and gore, no creatures or monsters in plain sight. In fact, there is very little physical presence in this movie that should evoke such a fear reaction. True, there are multiple angle exterior shots of the mansion that make one feel as if the house is watching them all the time. And there are loud unexplained noises, bulging wall panels, and door knobs that turn by themselves. All-in-all, the physical evidence is pretty tame, especially by today's standards.

The fear reaction lies not in the physical form, but in the psychological sense. For example, as Theo and Nell cling to one another as wall pounding draws closer to their room, only to stop and dead silence replaces the noise. Later in the movie, Nell and Theo are again in their room when Nell grabs hold of Theo's hand as noise begins to build outside their bedroom door. Finally, unable to stand the noise any longer, Nell begins to scream which awakens Theo, who happens to be halfway across the room, and thus not close enough to be holding Nell's hand. So the question is "who or what was Nell holding?". There are many scenes that are similar to the above.

This film was directed by Robert Wise who made me believe there was something lurking around every corner, or there was something that was going to happen, but you just didn't know quite when. This is the type of directing that has given this movie the classic status it so richly deserves.

So, if you are more into the physical style of a movie, go see "Texas Chain Saw Massacre", but if you are ready for a genuinely scary movie, go rent or buy the 1963 version of "The Haunting".

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