The Haunting (1963)

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

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  • Julie Harris in The Haunting (1963)
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  • Julie Harris and Richard Johnson in The Haunting (1963)
  • Richard Johnson and Lois Maxwell in The Haunting (1963)
  • Claire Bloom in The Haunting (1963)
  • Claire Bloom and Julie Harris in The Haunting (1963)

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Trivia

The walls of Elanor's bedroom have a floral design in white plaster tiles; one that is rigid and somewhat strained. The walls of Theo's bedroom are covered in wallpaper with a leaves design that is bohemian and with a hidden wildness, reflecting her... ...


Quotes

Dr. John Markway: 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 ...


Goofs

Because the story was filmed in England, but set in the United States, Eleanor passes a house with a sign reading "To Let" instead of "For Rent".


Alternate Versions

Original cut of movie (shown 24/9/03 at Filmhouse, Edinburgh) has several differences from the general release print -

  • Alternate opening with voice-over by the Mrs Sannerson character in place of the Markway monologue.The titles prior to this scene are slightly different. The 'History of Hill house' scene continues into the meeting with Mrs Sannerson and Markway but in this version, it is Sannerson who is doing most of talking.
  • The following scene from the general release print of Markway listing his subjects on a blackboard is missing. In it's place is a scene where Theo throws her lover out her appartment and, next to a photo of her lover, writes "I Hate You!" on a mirror in lipstick, looks at her reflection and mutters "I hate you too...". She then receives her invitation from Markway. This is delivered to her by her landlady how requires the excess postage to be paid. Theo already knows this is to be paid and there is humourous exchange concerning her ESP or her 'gift'.
  • There are several extened scenes involving Eleanor's 'inner thoughts' - most of which tie into her thoughts on her possible relationship with Markway. The scene showing her travelling to Hill house is extended with more 'inner monlogue' material including a couple of shots of her turning onto 'route 238' and commenting on "Journey's end in lovers meeting...".
  • The Morning/Harp scene runs longer and contains more dialogue from both Eleanor and Markway. This print had a title card prior to the MGM logo - "This print is on loan from the National Film and Television Archive"

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