The Haunting vs. Psycho




With the recent death of actress Julie Harris I was prompted to rent the old classic horror film, The Haunting. Don’t confuse it with the hideous 1980’s remake starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Liam Neeson, the original is far superior. If you haven’t seen it, and you like suspense vs. blood and guts its well-worth the time.

The Haunting was made in 1963, three years after Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Psycho. The heroine of Haunting is plane-jane Eleanor (Julie Harris) Nan to her friends. Like Norman Bates she has been the long-suffering caregiver to her ailing mother; recently deceased. Like Marion Crane she flees in a car, not entirely her own, from her hum-drum/miserable existence, heading for a gothic mansion, deep in the wilderness, that will be her undoing. During the drive both women have an ongoing debate in their heads, pondering this decision and its ramifications for their lives.


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