The Haunting

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Inspired by Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House, filmmaker Robert Wise and writer Nelson Gidding (I Want to Live!, The Andromeda Strain) take the traditional haunted house yarn and weave it into a profoundly disturbing portrait of one woman’s mounting hysteria. Evidence of the power of pure suggestion, The Haunting creeps into our psyche without traditional horror tropes: no monsters, no ghosts, no gore–just production designer Elliot Scott’s (Labyrinth) claustrophobic, Rococo interiors, shot on an early 30mm anamorphic, wide-angle lens. Leaving viewers as confounded as the fragile Eleanor (Julie Harris), and focused as much on the confusion of physical interiors as the imbroglio that is our brittle mental interiority, this early entry in the House of Psychotic Women canon explores how, when we presume to invade a house, it might also invade us.

Dir. Robert Wise, 1963, 35mm, 112 min.

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