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Neil Middlemiss

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The Haunting relies on all the familiar haunted house tropes. It embraces all those well-worn ideas and images down to the white nightgowned damsel running through darkened hallways. And still, augmented with heavy doses of computer-generated imagery, The Haunting is a better film than its reputation implies, but many of the criticism levied against it are still fair. What The Haunting does deliver, very well, is stunning production design, interesting visual effects, a strong central performance by Lili Taylor, and Jerry Goldsmith’s wonderful score. All those elements are more than enough to make it at least a little worthwhile.



The Haunting (1999)



Released: 23 Jul 1999
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 113 min




Director: Jan de Bont
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller



Cast: Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, Lili Taylor...

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Clinton McClure

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I still have the dts version on DVD but haven’t watched it yet this year since I upgraded to the UK Blu-ray release a few months ago. For its time, the dts DVD was audibly superior to its DD counterpart. I haven’t watched the Blu-ray all the way through, but the few scenes I got to sample were fantastic.
 

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