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The Haunting (1963)
not bad, a bit outdated, Bernard Herrmann, SAM RAIMI(?)
finally managed to watch this yesterday. (not sure i have spoilers, but to be on the safe side).
i usually don't enjoy retro movies, unless they are exceptionally realistic. i find it really hard to enjoy retro acting, and directing. in this film it was decent, but still it felt a bit outdated for my taste.
that brings me to the most important change i would have made in this film:
as some reviewers wrote, it would have been a better film if Hitchcock directed it. maybe. but again, i am shocked no one addresses the MUSIC SOUNDTRACK!! i personally found it VERY outdated, annoying, and too cliché like many other horror films done at the time. i hated that.the sound fx and atmosphere were done pretty well and original for the time, so the musical choice was pretty much a big let down IMO. i'm not sure Hitckcock would have made this film better, however, i think i can say very certainly that if Bernard Herrmann would have written the soundtrack, this film was way way better.
besides that, the camera-work was very good. saved the film IMO. i must say it wasn't THAT frightening. i just liked the atmosphere of "being" there with the characters. it was fun. the story was OK. maybe it was original at the time, but now it's a bit predictable plot. also, some of the characters motivations were not very realistic.
i think it deserves a 7.5, for the camera-work, directing, originality at the time.
P.S - about Sam Raimi: i am 100% certain that he borrowed some of the camera tricks used here on the "ghost dog outside the door" scene, when it sniffs. the lens used, the movement, it's all there. even the sound fx. Raimi just took it to a different comical horror angle in Evil Dead II.