Directed by Robert Wise • 1963 • United Kingdom
Starring Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson
Using shadow, suggestion, and atmospheric camera work, director Robert Wise turned Shirley Jackson’s novel “The Haunting of Hill House” into one of the screen’s all-time creepiest supernatural chillers. Hill House has a reputation for evil. The mysterious New England mansion has been the scene of multiple grisly deaths. Seeking to disprove the legends, anthropologist Dr. John Markway (Richard Johnson) and Hill House heir Luke Sanderson (Russ Tamblyn) invite two women—psychic Theodora (Claire Bloom) and the psychologically fragile Eleanor Vance (Julie Harris)—to stay with them at the mansion. Slowly, they come to realize that the terrifying stories surrounding Hill House are all true.