“The Haunting of Hill House” is Netflix’s newest series created by Hush and Oculus director Mike Flanagan. The show is loosely based off of the 1959 novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson.
The series follows the Crain family consisting of five siblings Steven, Shirley, Theodora (Theo), Luke, and Eleanor (Nellie) and their parents Olivia and Hugh.
Back in 1992, the Crains decided to buy Hill House, an abandoned mansion managed by Clara and Horace Dudley, who refuse to be near the house at night. The Crains wanted to spend the summer renovating Hill House, so they could eventually flip it and finally live in their “forever home,” but they run into quite a few obstacles.
The kids, specifically Nellie, start to see unexplained supernatural forces, the most prominent being “The Bent-Neck Lady.” Steven remains on the more logical side of things and refuses to acknowledge anything paranormal is happening.
The show follows two timelines, the summer of 1992 and present-day. Steven has written a wildly successful book with the same name as the show, and it causes tension throughout the series.
“The Haunting of Hill House” is truly a supernatural horror masterpiece. It has received a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and a mountain of positive reactions from viewers.
Flanagan had some big shoes to fill considering the novel is known to have the greatest first paragraph in the history of gothic horror novels and two movies have already been adapted, and boy did he deliver.
Not only is the show chilling at times, but the Crains take you on an emotional roller coaster you almost don’t want to get off of. You get so many pieces of the story, and the way it comes together in the end is one of the most beautiful puzzles I’ve ever seen.
There are said to be over 40 ghosts throughout the series, so keep your eyes peeled on the background to spot them all!
I won’t give too much away because it’s just that good. Watch “The Haunting of Hill House” now streaming on Netflix, so you can figure out what the hell that Red Room is all about too.
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