A Haunting Review

By: Ashlee Gainey

Halloween might be over, but the rage of The Haunting of Hill House is still going on.

One of Netflix’s newest originals, The Haunting of Hill House is a recreation of Shirley Jackson’s novel, which has been transformed into a television series under the direction of Mike Flanagan. Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Kate Siegel, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Henry Thomas star in what might just be the eeriest horror show of the year.

The show documents the lives of an unusually dysfunctional family who lived in what became “the worlds most haunted house.” The Crane family lived in Hill House as children, and were haunted for the rest of their lives due to their traumatic paranormal experiences that happened while living in the house.

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Victoria Pedretti (Nellie) after a sleep paralysis spell. These mental effects are due to the tolls the Hill House has had on the family. Image provided by Imbd.com.

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Michiel Huisman (Steven) being pushed back by his dad in the film, Hugh. This was taken during their return to their childhood house. Image from Imbd.com 

The Crane children are reunited as adults due to the death of their sister Nellie, and are haunted by memories as the show constantly transitions from flashbacks to modern day.

This horror television series is set apart from other horror films because the show does not rely on jump scares to make the viewers feel spooked. Instead, the well thought out plot and perfect timing of flashbacks and memories makes the viewers feel as if they are actually inside the heads of the Crane children, who are constantly haunted by the ghosts of their past throughout the duration of the series.

Director Mike Flanagan illustrates the Hill House as not just a house with four walls and a roof, but as the villain of the show. The creepy imagery used makes it seem like the house is out to get the Crane children, and ruin their lives with memories of it.

Each episode is well paced with something new added in each one, so there’s never a moment of bore. However, the transitions between the flashbacks and modern day should have been more explained, because throughout the show, some viewers could easily get confused on whether a flashback was being shown or not.

Overall, I give this show a 4.5 out of 5. This Netflix original is sure to give you nightmares.

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