Saturday, December 11, 2010
Top 300 Movies Of All Time: #260 The Haunting (1963)
In the history of motion pictures, it is an odd quirk that there are only a handful of truly four star ghost stories. Robert Wise's 1963 classic, "The Haunting" falls into that category. Unlike the sloppy Liam Neeson remake, Wise deftly builds tension brilliantly,without the benefit of CGI technology.
The movie is based on a book called "The Haunting of Hill House". Richard Johnson leads three others selected to investigate Hill House, left abandoned for many years by an eccentric. The web on intrigue spins out of control as Julie Harris seems to become attached to the home. Claire Bloom and Russ Tamblyn are typically very good as well, rounding out the cast.
This is a beautifully realized psychological ghost story.