The Haunting

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A haunted castle, lousy dialogue and ghosts are the highlights of the 1963 remake of the film, The Haunting. In this thriller – if you want to call it that – Dr. Jeffrey Marrow, played by Liam Neeson, invites three individuals to participate a research project on sleeping disorders by inviting them to sleep in an old mansion. First of all, why use an old haunted house? What’s wrong with a doctor’s office, a lab or even a hospital? Oh yeah, it’s a movie. Anyway, when the doctor and his three patients settle in for the night, one woman named Eleanor began to hear strange noises coming from inside the walls of her bedroom. She slipped out of her bed, saw a trail of blood on the floor, and followed it out of her room into the dark hallway. I asked my wife, “Would you follow a trail of blood from room to room in a strange house?” She said, “I wouldn’t even get out of bed.” Let’s be realistic- most people wouldn’t. After this initial encounter with the boogieman, Eleanor makes it back to bed with the help of two men taking part in the study, and her friend Theodora, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones. She is left alone and this time she hears something coming from the window. Throughout the night, Eleanor was repeatedly leaving her bed to chase scary noises. This film has no suspense, thrills, or mystery. The story line was weak and was poorly directed. In fact, this movie was so bad, I thought I was watching an old episode of Scooby Doo. The only things missing were the Mystery Machine and Scooby Doo, himself. The sound effects and the special effects were the only high points of the movie. I give it a D rating.

This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.