THE HAUNTING (1963) B/W widescreen 112m dir: Robert Wise
w/Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Lois Maxwell, Fay Compton, Valentine Dyall, Rosalie Crutchley, Diane Clare, Ronald Adam
Tingly ghost story about a believer in the supernatural who brings together a group in a supposedly haunted house, where weird things begin to happen. Guaranteed to raise your hackles, this film should definitely not be seen in a darkened room. The acting is excellent.
From The Movie Guide: "A bit overrated upon its initial release, THE HAUNTING is, nonetheless, an undeniably effective adaptation of Shirley Jackson's novel [The Haunting of Hill House] and remains one of the best haunted house movies. ...
"Director Robert Wise, who began his directorial career under the tutelage of Val Lewton [THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE, THE BODY SNATCHER], takes the lessons learned there to a bit of an extreme, overplaying his hand through the use of extremely exaggerated angles and distorting lenses. But the politically incorrect and oversimplified notion that Eleanor's [Harris] repressed lesbianism is the cause of her downfall, was outdated even when the film was made. THE HAUNTING spends too much time setting up the idea that it will scientifically shed light on psychic phenomena and then withdraws from us. All said, the high order seems wasted."