The house is ninety years old and it has a bad reputation: too many violent deaths have marked its history, its architecture is too extravagant. Not one straight wall, not one door set square, as the paranormal expert points out to the two clairvoyant assistants who assist him in his research. Based on the novel The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson, Wise directs a chilling movie, with its sounds, hisses, blows, distorted perspectives. The house envelopes its inhabitants and generates ghosts.
filmografia essenziale/essential filmography
The Curse of the Cat People (Il giardino delle streghe, 1944), The Body Snatcher (La jena - L’uomo di mezzanotte, 1945), The Set-Up (Stasera ho vinto anch’io, 1949), The Day the Earth Stood Still (Ultimatum alla terra, 1951), Somebody Up There Likes Me (Lassù qualcuno mi ama, 1956), West Side Story (id., 1961), The Haunting (Gli invasati, 1963), The Sound of Music (Tutti insieme appassionatamente, 1965), Star Trek - The Motion Picture (Star Trek, 1979).
Regno Unito/UK, 1963, 35mm, 112’, bn/bw
regia, produttore/director, producer
dal romanzo L’incubo di Hill House di/from the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Julie Harris (Eleanor Vance), Claire Bloom (Theodora), Richard Johnson (John Markway), Russ Tamblyn (Luke Sannerson)
Argyle Enterprises, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer