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'The Haunting' (1963)
Quick synopsis: A team of paranormal investigators explore a supposedly haunted mansion. Nothing could possibly go wrong.
Why it's worth your time: In between making "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music" -- two of the biggest, brightest, most colorful musicals of all-time -- Robert Wise crafted this chilling, black-and-white adaptation of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House." It's a throwback to old haunted house archetypes, but its still scary after all these years, and is a model example of effectively using off-screen sounds to scare. Avoid the laughable 1999 version, which stars Owen Wilson, Catherine Zeta-Jones and some horrifyingly bad CGI.
- Dave Lewis