Overall Rank: 1027
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 92
Theatrical Release Date: 09/18/1963
Genre: Horror, Thriller
MPAA Rating: G
Director: Robert Wise
Actors: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Rosalie Crutchley, Lois Maxwell
Plot: Hill House, a place with a wicked history attracts a researcher who assembles a group of people to stay in the house for a period of time. Strange things happen... -- laaas
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MaceeRae - wrote on 12/14/2011
This was one of the most frightening films I'd ever seen at the time. I was a teenager when I first saw it, and was totally in its' grip the entire time. The black and white photography adds to the eeriness, the way shadows are cast, the way faces are lit, fantastic. The actors are great in their respective roles, allowing you the viewer to enter the experience, and take the journey with them.
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Matthew Brady - wrote on 10/31/2022
“An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House had stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there... walked alone.”
I can’t believe director Robert Wise, the same guy who brought you West Side Story and The Sound of Music. I always like it when directors break away from their usual formula and do the unexpected when they succeed, it is glorious.
I loved the eerie music in this, with its simple notes, thuds of piano, and stretched-out instruments benefiting the spooky atmosphere. The black-and-white cinematography, with the darkness, shadows, and camera angles, made everything so unsettling. At the very beginning, …
Yojimbo - wrote on 03/31/2012
A scientist arranges to spend a weekend in an allegedly haunted house with two assistants and its playboy heir to try and scientifically substantiate supernatural phenomena. Another horror classic from the golden age that shows that CGI may very possibly have been the death of the genre. This film is all atmosphere, and the tension is palpable. The characters are all well drawn and interesting, particularly Julie Harris as the psychologically damaged assistant who begins to unravel as the air of menace increases. In fact this film is more of a psychological chiller than a horror, it reminding me more of Hitchcock's Rebecca than anything else. But the star of the show is definitely the house! It's a brilliant location with just the right level of Gothic foreboding, brought to life with …
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