Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Haunting

Julie Harris   d/ Robert Wise

Still one of the great scary movies. The dialogue is pretty creaky now but the sheer excellence of the direction, use of music, editing rhythms shone for me. Wise was the editor of Citizen Kane...here he uses all the techniques dreamed up by Welles and Greg Toland to make this film sparkle.

The psychological layers of meaning in Shirley Jackson's story give the film a richness unusual in so-called horror films. And all the fright, all the scares are in the minds of the audience. This will be a classic forever.


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