Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Haunting



1963 British/American Feature

Cast: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Fay Compton, Rosalie Crutchley, Lois Maxwell, Valentine Dyall, Diane Clare and Ronald Adam
Director: Robert Wise
Writer: Nelson Gidding, based on the novel by The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Synopsis:
Three disparate people are recruited by a paranormal investigator to help uncover the secrets of Hill House, a mansion overwhelmed by the spirits of its former residents. As the guests delve deeper into the home's past, they are seduced further into its sinister web.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 86% / Audience: 78%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Director.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Considered one of the best literary ghost stories, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House was first published in 1959. 
  • The Haunting is notable for its lesbian character, Theodora (played by Claire Bloom). Although the character's lesbianism is subtly mentioned in the novel, the film makes it explicit, and it is one of the few motion pictures of its time to depict a lesbian as feminine and not predatory. However, film censors demanded that Theo never be shown to touch Eleanor (Julie Harris) in order to keep the lesbianism less obvious. Bloom has said she was intrigued to play the role of a woman who was attracted to another woman.
  • Casting Call: Susan Hayward.
  • Jan de Bont's 1999 remake of The Haunting starred Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson and Lili Taylor. It was universally panned.

OMG Movie #410

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