She said it was way better the second time, especially since the theater had had a bad print.
But I was pretty impressed with the first go-round.
As I said to her about 3/4 of the way through, "This is a great movie because you don't know who to be scared of."
I'm not a huge fan of most horror subgenres, but the haunted house one is an exception. My favorite horror films are almost all variations on the subgenre: The Shining, The Changeling, and, less obviously, this year's 28 Days Later.
If there's a specific reason for this, besides my general fascination with the coupling of memory and location, it's that I spent my first eleven years in a house whose oldest portion dated from the early 1700s and eleven more in a house -- 617 Napa Street in Vallejo -- that had been the home of witches and had a "ghost" Kim and I experienced again and again.
Anyway, it's not exactly a Halloween film, but The Others is good viewing at this time of year.
An addendum. Right when the movie ended, a cat was on the back porch making that terrible yowl, scaring our domesticated felines something fierce.