Netflix is bringing in Halloween season with a clump of horror-based series and films. The latest entrant is The Haunting of Hill House, a web series that speaks about a family that had lived in a supposedly haunted house and what happened to them after that. The Crain family, comprising of husband wife Hugh and Olivia, and their five children, Shirley, Steven, Luke, Theo and Eleanor experience not just paranormal activity but deep personal loss as well. Years later, when Theo commits suicide, the family needs to come together and relive their horrors.
The Haunting of Hill House is a well-made project. This is one of the few horror series that are deeply emotional as well as having the right amount of creepy horror. Director Mike Flanagan takes his own sweet time to create the backstory for the characters and that’s what connects the audience with the characters at a deeper level. Watching it all one go will have audiences root and care for the characters, more than any other horror short or web series that they have seen.
What’s Wow: The screen play is nothing short of epic. It’s good that an experience hand like Mike Flanagan is at the helm. Without him, there’s every chance that Shirley Jackson’s book would turn into a dull, dreary web series that is confusing. All the performances are top notch. These are the kind of performances that break the concept that horror series and films only hire non-actors.
Flanagan also uses the old trope of ‘colorful, vibrant past and decrepit future’ nicely to bring the complexity that the characters face. The screenplay has its share of twists and turns and the series really picks up after the first twist kicks in. It’s all an immensely enjoyable ride after that.
What’s Blah: The Haunting of Hill House is a creepy, worm-speed web series. This is catering to the very hardcore horror audience. Causal viewers might get bored – if they don’t have the patience to remain until the first twist kicks in.
Parting Shot: The Haunting of Hill House is a great addition for hardcore horror viewers
Cast and Crew
Cast: Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, Victoria Pedretti, Lulu Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Paxton Singleton, Julian Hilliard, Violet McGraw, Timothy Hutton.
Creator: Shirley Jackson
Directed by: Michael Flanagan
The Haunting of Hill House is now streaming on Netflix