This classic "haunted house" film (some argue it is the definitive haunted house film (Romance, 2008)) is an excellent example of how suggested horrors can be at least as frightning (if not more so) than any monster conjured up by the special effects department. The film opens with a creepy exterior shot of the main setting, Hill House (shot using infra red film to increase the contrast), while a suitably creepy narration sets the mood. There then follows a potted history of Hill House itself, focussing mainly upon the series of deaths linked to it (each death suggested rather than explicitly depicted).
The interior of Hill House, which forms the setting for most of the action, is a beautifully designed series of sets, full of gothic detailing that help the ominous atmosphere (Samuel, 2010). In particular, the house is full of old mirrors, their strangely distorted reflections of reality helping to convey a feeling of "otherness" to the audience. Several times, mirrors in unexpected places catch both the viewer and the cast by surprise, giving momentary impressions of mysterious strangers watching from the shadows.