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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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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:
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. 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 »
NewsDesk:
(103 articles)
User Reviews:
A scary, masterfully crafted ghost story See more (372 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:
Robert Wise approached United Artists with the project, but after much delay they turned him down.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: When Nell leaves the Boston garage, we can see through her car's back window that there are two English policemen standing on a street corner.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 Dark Water (2002)See more »

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Who is Bridey Murphy?
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Is "The Haunting" based on a book?
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60 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
A scary, masterfully crafted ghost story, 20 January 2001
Author: the narra†or from Sydney, Australia

The Haunting is the best haunted house movie of all time. It is creepy as hell, packs a real sense of dread, and always leaves the shocks to the imagination.

It starts with an extremely effective prologue detailing the sinister history of Hill House over it's 90 year presence, and this prologue includes some really excellently done scenes.

Flash forward 90 years, and four guests are invited to stay the night at Hill House, and experience the house's hypnotic power. The main character is Eleanor (Julie Harris) who is starting to believe the house wants something from her.

The Haunting is a teriffically crafted, genuinely creepy story from Robert Wise, and many elements have been used in recent films (The freezing breath in The Sixth Sense, and the ghosts only implied by strange sounds and giggles in The Blair Witch Project).

Overall, this is an excellent horror movie proving you don't need special effects and gore blah blah blah... Just see the movie. 9/10.

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Question for any Horror Buffs here motter25420-153-699254
Rather tedious with romantic subplot jimprideaux2
The Writing on the Wall Sonatine97
This is 1963?? jv-181-346883
Waiteeed to get scared !! - Horror eluded me ! vspm83
Hill House Interior pixie_emiko
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