The Haunting, 1963


Robert Wise


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Stay at: Ettington Park Hotel, Alderminster, Stratford-upon-Avon (tel: 0845.072.7454)

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Avoid Jan de Bont’s dreadful 1999 remake of The Haunting

The Haunting location: Ettington Park Hotel, Alderminster, Warwickshire

The Haunting location: ‘Hill House’ in the original classic film: Ettington Park Hotel, Alderminster, Warwickshire

Photograph: flickr/Aidan McRae Thomson

A genuinely scary, low-key haunted house suspenser from the director of The Sound of Music, no less. Forget the FX heavy remake, this film achieves its effects through suggestion and imagination. Set in the United States, where ‘Hill House’ was supposedly “built in the most remote part of New England”, it was actually filmed in the UK.

The great Gothic house is actually about five miles southeast of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. Supposedly the most haunted house in Britain, the 60-room mansion has been converted into a luxury hotel. The Ettington Park Hotel, is on the A34 in Alderminster.

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