Sunday, October 31, 2010

Day 29: 31 Days of Horror: The Haunting

The Haunting (1963) is a film about a haunted house. Dr. Markway, who has been wanting to prove the existence of ghosts for quite sometime, has decided to conduct an investigation at Hill House. The house is an old and vastly large mansion with a terrifying past. It is known for its history of brutal deaths and insanity. There are other people with Dr. Markway for the investigation including a man named Luke, who has inherited the house and doubts the existence of ghosts, as well as Theordora and Eleanor, who were contacted because they have had some sort of interaction with the paranormal in the past. Once there, all of them quickly realize that they have gotten themselves into something that none of them bargained for when the presence of the house continues to make itself known.

Don't let the "G" rating of this film fool you. It is a frightening film. What makes it frightening is because it thrives on the unknown. The unknown being what is causing the noises to occur around the house and why they will not stop. It's clear that the house is indeed haunted. I don't recommend watching the remake of this film. The only thing terrifying about it was how horrible it was.


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