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Harlaxton Manor : The Haunting

'The Haunting'

Some Houses are Born Bad
A remake of the classic 1963 movie "The Haunting" about a team of paranormal experts who look into strange occurrences in an ill-fated house. Through the course of the night some will unravel, some will question, and all will fight for their lives as the house fights back!

Yes, we were that house - 'Hill House'. All of the exterior shots of 'Hill House' were filmed at Harlaxton and several scenes were filmed in the 'Great Hall' which was the 'Billiard Room' in the film. Apart from some kitchen scenes, which were filmed at Belvoir Castle (near Harlaxton Manor), the remainder of the interior of 'Hill House' was created especially for the film on a sound stage in the USA. Filming took place in March/April 1999 and, as far as we were concerned, went very well. We were very pleased with the professionalism of the cast and crew, who ensured that the filming caused the least possible disruption to our normal routine.


We have created a small collection of photographs for your enjoyment which chronicle the transformation of Harlaxton Manor into Hill House and show some of the filming itself.

If you would like to read more about the film's plot, cast, direction, etc. we recommend you visit the The Internet Movie Database which gives this information and more, including reviews by people who have seen the film.


The links below go to pages of thumbnail images which in turn link to full size images (20 - 70k).
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Unloading the Set (Picture Group 1)
Our first contact with the crew was upon the arrival of several trucks full of various pieces of the set. We were amazed at how flimsy some of these pieces looked, predominantly constructed of wood, plaster, polystyrene and fibreglass, and in particular we thought that there would be no way these items could be made to look integral to the house itself. Well, the crew proved us wrong, as you will see from some of these pictures and the later section on Dressing the Set.



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The Carport (Picture Group 1) (Picture Group 2)
The construction crew spent most of their time on-site building a large extension to the front of the house. Known as the 'Carport', as it was to be used by the characters to alight from their cars on arrival, it was pre-built at Pinewood Studios (London) before being dismantled and reassembled at Harlaxton. Initially we thought it would look very odd on the front of the house, however it grew on us, and we must say that the construction crew did a superb job of matching this temporary addition to the original.



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Dressing the Set (Picture Group 1)
The painters and plasterers did an amazing job of blending in the temporary sets and props. They used several techniques to 'age' materials; for example to match the base of the Carport, they used several layers of various water and oil based paints, using a stippling or flicking technique, applied to the original rough plaster surface.



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The Gates (Picture Group 1)
Hill House's gates were to be the location for a major scene in the film. Our own gates were not sufficiently 'scary' enough and would have been in the way of a temporary set of gates that the film company wanted to use. So we did a 'deal' with the film company - we would allow them to remove our gates for the duration of the film if they would restore them for us!



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Miscellaneous Pictures (Picture Group 1)
The weather wasn't kind to the construction crew as you can see from some of these pictures.



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Filming (Picture Group 1) (Picture Group 2)
It has to be said that the weather was kind to the film crew. They were able to stay on schedule and there seemed to be very few mishaps. Our students, who were in residence during the filming, were able to move freely around the set and observe how a film is made. Some were also lucky enough to meet and spend time with actors and director as well as socialise with many of the crew.



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The 'Internal' Set (Picture Group 1)
Here you will find pictures of the internal set built on a sound stage in the USA. An extremely lavish and elaborate design which, it has to be said, was not modelled on Harlaxton Manor.