I watched it with my best friend at his house, which happened to be next door. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity. She's been nowhere, she has had no experiences, and she barely has social skills. Like anyone else, she wants love, intimacy, friendship, and she doesn't know how to seek them. But definitely not the real Defeos. There is no blood and gore, no creatures or monsters in plain sight.
With him are the skeptical. I was a full grown woman. The author of the novel upon which this movie was based, Shirley Jackson, left us to wonder at the end of her story. Later in the movie, Nell and Theo are again in their room when Nell grabs hold of Theo's hand as noise begins to build outside their bedroom door. For example, as Theo and Nell cling to one another as wall pounding draws closer to their room, only to stop and dead silence replaces the noise.
The cast, the direction, the set, everything works in this movie, a remarkable work of harmonic convergence on celluloid. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity. I have never been so frightened in my life. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity. The house, well don't ask me to attend a dinner party there. Naturally, she operates from a place of low-key fury.
Patterns in wallpaper that vibrate with voice, doors that breathe, and that steady, horrific hammering on the walls that chills as certainly as did Jackson's description in the book itself. I had looked forward to seeing this but was quickly disappointed in casting and a lot of other details because for a film that supposedly tells at least some of the Defeo story, this couldn'thave been more horrible. I was alone in the house, very late at night. After the movie was over I was afraid to walk home. And, there is a whole other long list including Allison being 13 years-old, petite with short hair and definitely not 6 feet tall. With him are the skeptical young Luke, who stands to inherit the house, the mysterious and clairvoyant Theodora and the insecure Eleanor, whose psychic abilities make her feel somehow attuned to whatever spirits inhabit the old mansion. Are the events at Hill House for real, or are they happening on the inside of Eleanor Lance's head? Finally, unable to stand the noise any longer, Nell begins to scream which awakens Theo, who happens to be halfway across the room, and thus not close enough to be holding Nell's hand.
Thirty eight years later, this movie is still the scariest movie I've ever seen. Are we talking frightening now? As time goes by it becomes obvious that they have gotten more than they bargained for as the ghostly presence in the house manifests itself in horrific and deadly ways. Jackson, in her own intriguingly artful manner, asks us in The Haunting of Hill House to contemplate the domestic prison that many women like Eleanor Lance found themselves in. It's hard to put into words why this movie triggers such an emotional response. A constant theme in Jackson's work was the displacement and the destruction of the hopes of women Most of her work was written in the 1940s and 1950s. And it is no small thing that the cast of The Haunting- Julie Harris and Claire Bloom foremost- were able to recreate on the screen and do this complex novel such justice.
Definitely because I like the series but wow this was distracting. There are many scenes that are similar to the above. Who or What was holding her hand??. And, Butch was 23 so why make his girlfriend nearly 40? The young son had a broken leg, not arm. All-in-all, the physical evidence is pretty tame, especially by today's standards.
I hate to say it but these are details that make anyone who is from Amityville laugh and anyone who knows anything about the Defeo family cringe. True, there are multiple angle exterior shots of the mansion that make one feel as if the house is watching them all the time. And there are loud unexplained noises, bulging wall panels, and door knobs that turn by themselves. With him are the skeptical young Luke, who stands to inherit the house, the mysterious and clairvoyant Theodora and the insecure Eleanor, whose psychic abilities make her feel somehow attuned to whatever spirits inhabit the old mansion. And that's more than can be said for three quarters of the over-hyped movie offerings in the horror tradition. Was that from the same book? The fear reaction lies not in the physical form, but in the psychological sense. Why do the parents look like they're nearly 60? Why is Butch making out with a woman nearly his mother's age of 42 when she died? This film was directed by Robert Wise who made me believe there was something lurking around every corner, or there was something that was going to happen, but you just didn't know quite when.
You will be eating alone. The door at the top of the spiral stair almost gave me a stroke. . For Pete's sake, I have watched almost every monster movie made. Eleanor is a spinster, the slightly dotty older sister compelled by restrictive family relationships to care for an ailing mother.
In creating this book, Shirley Jackson was able to breach the same territory the 19th century feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman explored in her remarkable story The Yellow Wallpaper. . . . . . .