Review: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE is a Beautifully Made Terrifying Horror Drama
The Haunting of Hill House might just be one of the best things created in the horror genre that I’ve ever seen in both film and TV. It’s definitely one of my favorites and I think horror fans will love it.
I’m a big fan of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 horror novel that the Netflix series is based on and I’ve enjoyed the film adaptations that have been made over the years. But, this series took that story and created something incredible that I wasn’t expecting.
Not only was the series terrifying, but it was filled with so much heart and emotion. You get to really know the characters in this story and as the story plays out and you get to learn about them and what they went through. The series really makes you care for these characters and I loved the story that revolves around them. It’s really quite powerful.
I know I’m talking a lot about story, characters, and emotion, but that’s because those are the things that really make a great series or film! All of that is also wrapped up with dark and nightmarishly terrifying scares! The combination of all these things give us a unique experience.
This isn’t a non-stop horror fest. There’s the perfect amount of horror scattered throughout this heavy family drama that tackles all kinds of issues from mental illness, to addiction, to loss, and several other struggles of life. There are a lot of things in the series that people will be able to relate to.
I also loved how the horror aspects of the series just weren’t thrown in for the sake of scaring people. The horror that was used all played a very important part of the story. Everything just flowed so well together and the horror drove the story forward in such a wonderful way. The creative team used the scares properly.
I’ve never watched a horror movie that moved me to tears before, but The Haunting of Hill House did that. There were a few episodes were I was just overcome by emotion, but the ending of the series broke me down. There were a few things in the story that hit close to home, so that might have helped bring on the waterworks, but regardless, it affected me in ways that I wasn’t expecting.
There are ten episodes in the series and everyone of them was an amazing experience to watch. But I have to say that my three very favorites were episodes 6, 7, and 10. There were certain aspects of these episodes that just jumped out at me. I don’t want to spoil what those are for you, but just know that when those episodes come around while you watch the series, there’s something special that I saw in them that kind of blew my mind in different ways.
Everything about this series including the writing, directing, cinematography, and acting was incredible. The talent that was brought into develop this series was top notch and they should all be proud of what they accomplished.
The Haunting of Hill House is a beautifully made nightmare that delivers heartfelt horror. You’ve got to watch this series! You seriously don’t want to miss out on something that is so close to perfection.
The series comes from director Mike Flanagan (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Gerald’s Game) and this is the synopsis that was released for it:
The series will explore 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.
The series stars Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Carla Gugino (Gerald’s Game), Timothy Hutton (All The Money In The World), Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Healer), Henry Thomas (Better Things), Kate Siegel (Hush) and Victoria Pedretti (Sole).
If you’ve already watched the series are are currently watching it, what do you think!? If yiou haven’t started watching it yet, you need to!