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Culture Vultures: Halloween edition

The comic book Hack/Slash, Chuck Palahniuk's Haunted, and the 1963 movie The Haunting

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Ursula Bielski, founder of Chicago Hauntings and host of this weekend's PBS/WYCC show "The Hauntings of Chicago," is fiendishly excited to see:

The Haunting (1963)

One of my very favorite films of all time is the original version of The Haunting, starring Julie Harris and Richard Johnson, directed by Robert Wise. Based on the Shirley Jackson novel The Haunting of Hill House, the story follows a group of people—all with past preternatural experiences—brought together for a parapsychology experiment in a house that was "born bad." The novel's pitiful heroine, Eleanor Lance, a Boston spinster, is delighted to be invited to the bizarre gathering. After all, nothing has happened to her since showers of stones fell on her house as a young girl. As the sounds and shadows play on the minds of the inhabitants of Hill House—and on us, the viewers—we wonder who, after all, is under the microscope in this dreadful place—and what, indeed, truly makes a house "haunted." Happily, The Haunting will be featured as part of the Portage Theater's (4050 N. Milwaukee) annual week of "Halloween Havoc" on October 28.

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