The Haunting is an American horror film of the haunted house and ghost subgenres. It was based on novel The Haunting of Hill House by author Shirley Jackson. The film was directed by Robert Wise with a screenplay written by Nelson Gidding. It was produced by Argyle Enterprises and released theatrically in the United States on September 18th, 1963. The film stars Julie Harris as the central protagonist Eleanor Lance, Claire Bloom as Theodora, Richard Johnson as Doctor John Markway and Russ Tamblyn as Luke Sanderson.
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The tagline for this film is, "SCREAM...no one will hear you! RUN...and the silent foosteps will follow, for in Hill House the dead are restless!" Another tagline is "You may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny terror".
Author Shirley Jackson was the one suggested shortening the title of her novel to the The Haunting after Robert Wise noted that The Haunting of Hill House would be too long for a movie marquis.
Actor Russ Tamblyn - a noted actor of b-list action and horror films of the 1960s, only conceded to do The Haunting because he was under contract to MGM. He later stated how The Haunting was one of his most rewarding film projects.