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This is THE BEST horror film ever made, based on THE BEST horror novel ever written
May 5, 2009
Women, by and large, do not write really excellent horror. They write excellent fantasy, excellent science fiction and even excellent speculative fiction, but it's rather rare to read a wonderful horror novel written by a woman. Having said that, when you do find a really excellent horror novel written by a woman, it stands head and shoulders above what men can do. Shirley Jackson was a woman who was an absolutely incredible horror writer, and her finest creation was "The Haunting of Hill House". No, spewing entrails here, no heads lopped off, no graphic sex, no monster or creature or ghost or whatever appearing "onstage" and even no serious "foul language". I think I counted two "damns" and three "Hells" in the novel. Yet, this novel literally scares the hell out of you, mostly because Shirley Jackson DEMANDED that the reader participate. Not just read and shake their head. Participate in the horror literally. The 1963 film of this book REALLY follows the book, including even a lot of the dialog that Jackson wrote. Again, it literally scares the hell out you, not with blood, or ugly monsters or graphic sex, but with well crafted and VERY scary scenes building to the finale. This film starred Claire Bloom, Julie Harris, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn (Amber Tamblyn's father). None were well known, even at the time, but all were far more than competent actors and actresses. The main reason for the wonderful success of this film, though, is the fact that the script writers actually read the novel (incredible!!!) and then treated the novel with respect (even more incredible!!!!!) Please seek this film out and watch it. Forget the new one, although I do like Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta Jones and Lili Taylor a lot. The new one was written by hacks who had no respect for the original novel and when it tried to do. The 1963 film, though, is the epitome of what a horror film should be, at least in my humble opinion.