Monday, 22 June 2015

Classic movie of the month: The Haunting

A classic of the classics. Even if you dislike horror films, this is A MUST.
If a suspense film had a godfather, this would one of them. A paranormal investigator takes a group of people to a supposedly haunted house for research purposes.  The dark and long corridors from the house come to life to frighten them and whisper deep questions to the main characters. Many of the scenes which occur in this haunted house are a metaphor of the infinite power of the mind upon the body. This house has many secrets: obscure thoughts and dark stories. Whilst characters immerse deeper in fear, they will uncover their deepest impulses to reveal their true colors.  

Robert Earl Wise (who also directed West Side Story) was in charge of this film. The film was not a massive success but had positive mentions by film critics. Today it is considered to be one of the best suspense/horror films ever made. The great care taken by Wise to have low lights and adopt camera angles suggesting a constant presence with the characters creates an uneasy environment. No one is at ease in a house who is opening a door to its darker impulses. Many scenes from this films are considered to be a classic for never showing anything: all what is obscure and scary is hidden. Films such as  The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity and Jaws can say thank you. 

Ready for a good Saturday night movie? Want to hold the love of your life in your arms whilst having an exciting fright? Just trust Red Curtain Cinema! 

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