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The Haunting (1963)

Updated: Oct 16, 2020

Drama / Horror / Psychological Horror / Supernatural

TW: Death or dying, Homophobia, Mental Illness, Suicide

Worth Watching? Yes

Bechdel Test? Pass

Race Bechdel Test? Fail

Major LGBT Tropes: Ambiguously Gay, Lipstick Lesbian

Synopsis (from imdb): Hill House has stood for about 90 years and appears haunted: its inhabitants have always met strange, tragic ends. Now Dr. John Markway has assembled a team of people who he thinks will prove whether or not the house is haunted.

My Thoughts: I found this to be an excellent movie all around. Theo, the lesbian, is just another person. Her sexual orientation is not relevant to the plot, with one exception during a fight with Eleanor. Everyone is pining for someone and no one gets the girl/guy, so you can just enjoy the ride.


Queer Body Count: 1

Straight Body Count: 0

Total Queer Body Count: 9 (31%)

Total Straight Body Count: 10 (7%)

Queer Sexual Violence Victim Count: 0

Straight Sexual Violence Victim Count: 0

Total Queer Sexual Violence Victim Count: 2 (7%)

Total Straight Sexual Violence Victim Count: 1 (1%)

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