Oct. 27: The Haunting

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The Haunting (Robert Wise, 1963)
Sat. Oct 27 9 :10
Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn

A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind.

” Sound effects, disorienting camera work, expert editing, and Humphrey Searle’s discomfiting score all suggest, without showing, a horrible presence waiting in the wings. Though parts of The Haunting are talky, even that works in the film’s favor, as Tamblyn’s glib dismissals and Johnson’s calm professorial tone are unable to clear up the mystery at its core. After all, the specters that can’t be seen, classified, or otherwise contained are the scariest of all. ”  Keith Phipps – The A.V. Club


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