Nightmare Fuel / The Haunting (1963)

  • The overall paranoia of the film (culminating with Nell going completely insane).
  • The scene with Nell asking Theo to stop holding her hand so tightly, in a death grip. And then the lights come on and....
  • At one point almost human faces appear in the wallpaper. In almost any other horror film it'd be ridiculous, but here...
  • And how about that breathing door? Shudder Even if it DOES lead to one of the very few comical moments in the movie.
    • The previous door scene as well; rarely has a rattling doorknob been so terrifying.
  • The Wham Shot of the suddenly open door to the nursery.
  • During the wallpaper scene, the angry male voice (presumably reading scripture aloud), combining with the crying child, combining with the shrieking, combining with the hysterical laughter. ::shudder::
  • The close-ups of Craine's wives upon their deaths, especially the second one's horrified eyes.
    • Craine forcing his traumatized daughter to look upon her mother's corpse laid out on a chair.
  • Watching the slow transition of Abigail from little girl to old woman, her expression never changing.
  • A bit of Fridge Horror: in the prologue the second Mrs. Crain tries to close a door, which repeatedly opens on its own. Later on we learn that all the doors are hung off center and should swing shut by themselves, meaning that something was holding it open...
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