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The Haunting (2009)

No-Do (original title)
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Francesca, a young pediatrician, and her husband Pedro, move to their new country house trying to forget a tragic event that has marked their lives.


Elio Quiroga


Elio Quiroga
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ana Torrent ... Francesca
Francisco Boira ... Pedro
Héctor Colomé ... Miguel
María Alfonsa Rosso ... Blanca (as Alfonsa Rosso)
Miriam Cepa Miriam Cepa ... Rosa
Rocío Muñoz-Cobo ... Jean (as Rocío Muñoz)
Francisco Casares Francisco Casares ... Gabriel
Alejandra Lorenzo Alejandra Lorenzo ... Niña
Sonia Lázaro Sonia Lázaro ... Niña 2
Cristina Rodríguez Cristina Rodríguez ... Niña 3
Lucía Navarro Lucía Navarro ... Paqui
Aitor Gaviria Aitor Gaviria ... Senel
Stefan Nicoll Stefan Nicoll ... Monje
Óscar Navarro Óscar Navarro ... Miguel 30
Eva Gallardo Eva Gallardo ... Monja 1


Francesca is a pediatrician who is dedicated to both motherhood and children, married to another physician, Pedro. Following the birth of a new child, Francesca begins to suffer from postpartum depression. Following the advice of friend and psychiatrist Jean, the couple move to a new home away from the city. But Francesca's obsession with her new baby engulfs her. Regardless of Pedro's and Jean's attempts to help her, she seems to drift dangerously close to madness. And to make matters worse, she is starting to hear and see things. Furtive figures and ghostly shadows start tormenting her. The large house in which she and her family live alone seems to hide terrible secrets. Both the cellar and the attic are locked and barred to the family, and it is from both these places that Francesca receives nocturnal visits that are slowly driving her mad. Written by Anonymous

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A place between Heaven and Hell. See more »


Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent images | See all certifications »

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The film is dedicated to the memory of Joaquim Jordà (1935 - 2006), Spanish filmmaker. See more »

Crazy Credits

No elementals were harmed in the making of this film. All the elementals appearing in the film were over 230,000 years of age. See more »


References Minnie the Moocher (1932) See more »


Sintonía del No-Do
Written by Manuel Parada (as Manuel Parada de la Puente)
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Routine ghost-story with a few inventive aspects
15 April 2009 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

It looks as if Spain ambitions to become the new Japan when it comes to unleashing atmospheric & convoluted ghost stories upon us horror-loving audiences. After the hugely successful "The Orphanage" last year (as well as "The Others", "The Devil's Backbone" and a couple of more earlier this decade), "The Beckoning" is already another brand new tale of the supernatural containing all the basic ingredients: ominous mansions with hidden attics, spontaneously appearing and disappearing ghosts, slowly revealing secrets from a distant past, suspicious links with the Catholic regime, characters who may or may not be dead for a long time already and completely unfathomable plot twists. I think we've all picked a rather skeptical attitude towards this type of films by now, as the vast majority of them unceasingly build up towards a climax that can't possibly live up to all the raised expectations. "The Beckoning" also somewhat falls into this category, but nonetheless it has a lot more merits than shortcomings. You certainly shouldn't expect a unique ghost-chiller that'll blow you out of your seat, but there's a fine balance between imaginative story lines and stylistic elements. In addition to the standard Haunted House fare, Elio Quiroga fascinatingly processed an authentic piece of obscure Spanish history into his screenplay. The No-Do's were a type of propaganda films, distributed by the Catholic Church during the reign of Franco, revolving on (manipulated?) miraculous occurrences and/or divine interventions. One specifically peculiar No-Do forms a very important part of the staring point of this film. The old No-Do reports about a Catholic orphanage were the Virgin Mary supposedly appeared and cured the ill. Several decades later, the large mansion is abandoned and the Catholic Church decides to rent it out. Pedro and his wife Francesca, who just gave birth to their second child, are very interested in the place and move in. Francesca struggles with a postnatal depression and is extremely sensitive to the gradually growing more mysterious occurrences in the house. She begins to have nightmarish visions, receive supernatural visits and discover hidden chambers that all indicating tragic and sinister events took place in the house rather than miracles. There are several more sub plots and additional story elements I could at, but they aren't all equally relevant and only raise unnecessary confusion. The scenes dealing with the mysterious No-Do movies are undoubtedly the best, but admittedly several of the spook-out sequences are admirably staged and moderately unsettling. There are, for example, rooms full of decayed old play dolls, creepy old nursery tunes and haunting images of deceased children. Nothing in this film qualifies as truly shocking and/or original, but I'm already very glad "The Beckoning" is never boring and overly sentimental. The conclusion is very satisfying, for once, albeit fairly predictable. Stylishly directed by Elio Quiroga, who previously made the oddly compelling and eccentric Sci-Fi/horror hybrid "The Cold Hour". Fans of European horror will also recognize leading lady Ana Torrent, as she starred in the Spanish 90's classic "Thesis".

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Release Date:

6 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


EUR1,300,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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