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The Haunting (1963)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Aug 5, 2003
 R2: 29 Sep 2003

Budget $1,400,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 52 minutes

Country UK

Studio MGM

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• The Haunting
• Bis das Blut gefriert (1964)
• Vor Schreck gebannt (1963)

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Genre: Horror, Ghosts, Haunted House, Psychic, Psychodrama, Supernatural, Gay/Lesbian, Marriage

Tagline: You may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny terror

Plot: A paranormal investigator invites a trio of people to help him examine Hill House, a sinister family estate haunted by the angry souls from its troubled past. While Eleanor (Harris) looks for an escape from the memory of her recently-deceased mother, she becomes increasingly obsessed with the history of the huge, ominous house. Based on Shirley Jackson's lyrical novel, "The Haunting of Hill House" and one of the most frightening psychological horror films ever made, featuring virtually no blood, gore, or monsters for its effective scares.

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 External Reviews
external linkPacked with spooky ambience this intelligent and well-crafted film relies more on understated chills and sound instead of special effects. Never once do you see the ghosts which just adds to the mood. 3/4

external linkNot only is it atmospheric and absolutely terrifying at parts, it is well-written, intelligent, and (for a thriller) deep. It got under my skin in ways I never thought possible; the film takes advantage of the simple fears we all share--darkness, sourceless noises, helplessness. 99/100
--Jack Witzig (ColdSpot)

 Directed by
Robert Wise
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 Written by
Shirley Jackson
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 Music By
Humphrey Searle
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