Director: Robert Wise
Every year, we carve a couple of Jack-o-Lanterns and this year is no exception. And when we carve pumpkins, we put on a movie we know well so we only have to partially watch. The Haunting (1963) was Jamie's suggestion for this year's carving.
It's been a little bit since I watched this Halloween favorite, and, dammit, is this movie good. Having now read the novel upon which it is based, it's even better. But what is in the movie has always been there, so take off your "spooky movies didn't get sophisticated until the 1970's" glasses and soak it in.
I like vampire movies, werewolf movies, etc... I get the actual willies from haunted house movies and Michael Meyers. Probably because The Shape is basically a stabby, unknowable ghost.
Anyway - borrowing heavily from Shirley Jackson's text, leaning on stellar performances across the cast and Wise's smart direction and some off-kilter/ really creative camera and lighting work, it's just a delight to watch. When I'm not gritting my teeth.
Here's the jack-o-lanterns, by the way. Jamie used a cookie cutter and hammer to get her pumpkin's eyes done. I think it looks cool!