The Haunting of Hill House – TV series, USA, 2018

‘You’re expected’

The Haunting of Hill House is a 2018 ten episode television series developed by writer-director Mike Flanagan (Ouija: Origin of Evil; Hush; Oculus) for Netflix. The Amblin TV and Paramount TV production is an adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name.

Flanagan executive produced along with Trevor Macy, Justin Falvey, and Darryl Frank.

The cast includes Timothy Hutton, Carla Gugino, Michel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Victoria Pedretti and Lulu Wilson (Annabelle: Creation; Ouija: Origin of Evil).

“A modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s iconic novel, The Haunting of Hill House explores a group of siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country.

Now adults, and forced back together in the face of tragedy, the family must finally confront the ghosts of their past — some of which still lurk in their minds while others may actually be stalking the shadows of Hill House.”

Reviews:

“You could easily remove all of the supernatural elements of the story and it would still work beautifully as a look at drama about a family dealing with pain, loss, addiction, and anger. Some of you may watch it and find it is a bit slow in places, but that deliberate pacing forces you to analyze the nooks and hidden crannies of Hill House in each frame.” Alex Maidy, Arrow in the Head

The Haunting of Hill House is a staggering piece of work that demonstrates everyone at the top of their game. The series may take too long to get going for some and weave too twisty of a narrative for others, but those that are patient will experience something that’s rare for television to achieve. The Haunting of Hill House ranks up there with Flanagan’s best work…” Daniel Kurland, Bloody Disgusting

“Flanagan and co. never show too much, and never do everything at once. There are jump scares, and creeping moments, unnerving revelations, and a few truly horrible images. None of it though, feels gratuitous or weightless. The horror elements are manifestations of character pain, not the sole cause of it.” Louisa Mellor, Den of Geek!

“This is a new version of The Haunting for a new time, when the term ‘ghosting’ means something else entirely, and, although it’s not always completely successful in its balancing of horror and heart, it’s definitely an intelligent and intriguing cocktail that constantly invites the audience to question what it’s seeing.” Josh Winning, Digital Spy

“With The Haunting of Hill House, director Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s GameHush) has added a new stamp to his reputation as one of the finest horror storytellers out there, with a penchant for being just that bit more creative, that bit more cruel, to begin to shape something new entirely. This is one of the best shows of the year, and one of the most truly chilling of all time.” Tom Philip, GQ

It feels like one of your best horror movies have been made into a Netflix series. And then it got even better than the original movie. To me, The Haunting of Hill House is one of (if not the) best horror series, I have watched in forever. It delivers on the darkness and horror that you would expect but also takes the time to develop amazing characters.” Karin Adelgaard, Heaven of Horror

“Flanagan doesn’t shy away from the scares, especially in the flashbacks with the kids. The slow camera pans through the dark-ominous hallways of the old mansion create a mood that is perfect for the Halloween season. The creature designs are horrific too, like a crooked-neck lady with stringy black hair and a muffled voice.” David Griffin, IGN

“Flanagan’s style has largely been the slow burn, the gradual build of tension and terror to nerve frying levels. He is a master of mood and atmosphere and he brims full of confidence in The Haunting of Hill House as he quietly brings those chills and thrills in each episode.” Andrew Mack, Screen Anarchy

“Like Hill House itself, Mike Flanagan’s direction is deliberate and unsettling. Rather than relying on jump scares for quick, but superficial thrills, Flanagan uses long, extended panning shots to put the viewers directly into a character’s point of view, making you eerily aware of the limitations of an individual’s perception at any given moment.” Sadie Gennis, TV Guide

” …a horror series that doesn’t immediately make a case for itself; like the best of the genre, it’s slowly insinuating, building in power as it tells a story of repressed trauma and family discord. It’s an effective scare-fest that is at its best when the tale does more than jolt the viewer.” Daniel D’Addario, Variety

The book was also previously adapted into a feature film in both 1963 and 1999.

Images credits: Steve Dietl/Netflix

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