Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been turned into a movie twice. Both times, Hollywood shortened the title to The Haunting. That was probably a good choice. The 1963 version, in black and white, may be seen on Turner Classic Movies this morning. It’s a a little slow to unfold for modern viewers and unlikely to make audiences jump they way they do in those commercials for Paranormal Activity. But it also shows the restraint that comes from confidence and has a subtle power that so many contemporary horror films lack. It’s to a modern slasher movie what a ghost story by M.R. James is to a splatter novel. Here’s a nice review. The 1999 remake starts out well enough but soon falls to pieces. Neither one is as good as the book.