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The Haunting ()


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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.

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Eleanor Lance
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Theodora
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Dr. John Markway
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Luke Sanderson
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Mrs. Sanderson
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Mrs. Dudley
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Grace Markway
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Mr. Dudley
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Carrie Fredericks
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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)
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Dora Fredericks (uncredited)
Claude Jones ...
Garage Attendant (uncredited)
Frieda Knorr ...
Second Mrs. Crain (uncredited)
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Hugh Crain (uncredited)
Janet Mansell ...
Abigail Crain - Age 6 (uncredited)
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Bud Fredericks (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
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Landlady (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Wise

Written by

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Nelson Gidding ... (screenplay)
 
Shirley Jackson ... (based on the novel: "The Haunting of Hill House")

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Denis Johnson ... associate producer
Robert Wise ... producer (uncredited)

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Humphrey Searle ... (music composed by)

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Davis Boulton ... director of photography

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Ernest Walter

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John Grover ... first assistant editor (uncredited)

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Irene Howard

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Elliot Scott

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John Jarvis

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Joan Johnstone ... hairdresser
Tom Smith ... makeup

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David Tomblin ... assistant director

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Ivor Beddoes ... sketch artist
Mickey Lennon ... chargehand dressing prop (uncredited)

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J.B. Smith ... dubbing mixer
Allan Sones ... dubbing editor
Gerry Turner ... sound recordist
A.W. Watkins ... recording supervisor
Desmond Briscoe ... special sound effects (uncredited)

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Tom Howard ... special effects

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Connie Tilton ... stunts (uncredited)

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Alan McCabe ... camera operator
Norman Gryspeerdt ... still photographer (uncredited)

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Maude Churchill ... wardrobe supervisor
Mary Quant ... clothes: Claire Bloom's

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Humphrey Searle ... music conducted by

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Hazel Swift ... continuity
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines 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 »
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Also Known As
  • The Haunting of Hill House (United Kingdom)
  • La maison du diable (France)
  • Bis das Blut gefriert (Germany)
  • La casa encantada (Spain)
  • La mansión encantada (Spain)
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  • 112 min
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Budget $1,400,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Director Martin Scorsese named this his favorite horror film. See more »
Goofs For a scientist, Dr. Markway exhibits an astonishing lack of scientific curiosity regarding the "Help Eleanor Come Home" writing on the wall they discover. He tells Luke to wipe it off the wall, without even taking photographs of the writing or samples of the chalk-like substance used to write it. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Ghosts (1996). See more »
Quotes Mrs. Dudley: [Eleanor has just been shown her room after she arrives] I can't keep the rooms the way I'd like, but there's no one else they could get that would help me.
Eleanor Lance: How very nice.
Mrs. Dudley: I set dinner on the dining room sideboard at 6. I clear up in the morning. I have breakfast for you at 9. I don't wait on people. I don't stay after I set out the dinner, not after it begins to get dark. I leave before the dark.
Eleanor Lance: Your husband?
Mrs. Dudley: We live over in town, miles away.
Eleanor Lance: Yes.
Mrs. Dudley: So there won't be anyone around if you need help.
Eleanor Lance: I understand.
Mrs. Dudley: We couldn't hear you. In the night.
Eleanor Lance: Do you have any idea when Dr. Markway...
Mrs. Dudley: [cuts her off] No one could. No one lives any nearer than town. No one will come any nearer than that.
Eleanor Lance: I know.
Mrs. Dudley: In the night. In the dark.
[Mrs. Dudley grins and leaves]
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