Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Shadows And Light: The Haunting(1963)

I have watched so many gory horror movies lately that I sometimes forget that there are plenty of films that can deliver creeps with nary a dangling limb or intestine in sight. These kind of horror films don't rely on some homicidal, axe wielding maniac who busies himself chopping off terrified victim's limbs to deliver scares, instead relying on the use of shadows, back lighting and the implied "something" that may, or may not be there in the dark corner of a huge room to give a person goosebumps.
One such film that delivers this kind of dread is The Haunting(1963), directed by Robert Wise. This black and white horror movie makes the rounds on a regular basis at Turner Classic Movies.

The film's trailer: