West Side Story) directs what is probably one of the best supernatural movies of all time. Or at least as far as a serious ghost movie goes. William Castle's schlocky classics will always hold a place in the hearts of us B-movie fans but unlike 13 Ghosts and House On Haunted Hill, The Haunting achieves its entertainment with mood and creepy imagery.
We might not see any ghosts but we do get a suicide by hanging which is probably one of the best self hanging scenes in film history. Another women falls to her death down a very long set of spiral stairs, death by car crash, lesbians, and some Russ Tamblyn-fu.
The Haunting would be ripped off dozens of times with films like The Legend Of Hell House and even Pet Sematary before it would be remade and completely bastardized in 1999. I unfortunately was brave enough to see the theatrical release of The Haunting and remember it as being one of the worst horror films I have ever seen. Stick with the original and don't ever put yourself through the tortures of the 99 remake.