'Conjuring' Up Five Freaky Paranormal Flicks

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The Haunting

By DAVID WEINER

July 17, 2013

A black-and-white chiller that provides plenty of ghostly thumping and bumping, the virtues of this 1963 film about experts investigating a haunted New England mansion (with a rich history of death and murder) are in the innovative sound design, the unseen off-screen and the less-is more build-up to some great, old-fashioned scares. Stay away from the overkill 1999 remake with Liam Neeson, Owen Wilson and Catherine Zeta-Jones. What's scary about that film is how boring it is.

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