Parents' Guide to

The Haunting

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

High-tech remake is dumb and overblown.

Movie PG-13 1999 113 minutes
The Haunting Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Good special effects, does talk about sex

The ratings say there is no sex whatsoever, and, although there is no actual sex, one if the characters says sex and talks about her girl and boyfriends in a very sexy way. At that part my daughter looked at me and said, “mom tell me about sex”. I was NOT prepared for that! So get ready for a scene reheeeing to sex. The special effects made the movie worthwhile, but I’d say it’s for 12 and up.
age 11+

My daughter loved it!

Not too scary with nice special effects and dark atmosphere!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (10 ):

This high-tech remake of the creepy classic is dumb and overblown, but some teenagers will have a good time with it, especially if they watch it together. Its only possible merit is that it is too silly to be scary. There are some good special effects and a couple of "boo!"-style surprises. But the plot and dialogue so interfere with the mood the movie is trying to create that they become the best possible protection against anyone -- even a 12 year old -- taking it this movie seriously.

Kids who are genuinely interested in scary movies should watch the original version, directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Harris and Claire Bloom, to see how subtle story-telling can be much more unsettling.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate