The Haunting

Dir: Robert Wise
Cast: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson
112mins   1963   UK | US   12A   English   

This screening is part of Depot's Book to Film Club and will be followed by a discussion.

Dr. John Markway, an anthropologist with an interest in psychic phenomena, takes two specially selected women to Hill House, a reportedly haunted mansion. Eleanor, a lonely, eccentric woman with a supernatural event in her past, and the bold Theodora, who has ESP, join John and the mansion's heir, cynical Luke. They are immediately overwhelmed by strange sounds and events, and Eleanor comes to believe the house is alive and speaking directly to her.

'Wise brilliantly uses black and white widescreen to strand his characters in odd-shaped rooms or corridors, making the watcher's eye skitter frantically over the letterbox screen to catch every ingeniously rendered detail' - Ian Freer, Empire


Mon 20 March