The Haunting (1963)

The Haunting (1963) (87) This film should be required viewing for contemporary horror directors. Its own remake is a perfect example of how out-of-touch some are with the genre – all show and no tell. The remake completely disregards atmosphere for gaudy special effects, while the original internalizes the terror on screen through an unusual intimacy with the protagonist. You can see the fear in Julie Harris’ eyes, feel the house’s malice in the scenery. The Haunting (1963) doesn’t try to get into your head; it puts you inside of its own.

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