Horror movies tend to be so overly formulaic I don’t give them much attention. I liked them as a kid. They don’t impress me much today.
And then came the Netflix adaptation of the Shirley Jackson horror novel of the same name that I’ve finally come around to watching and the verdict is already in.
At its heart, it’s a story about a family’s struggle with grief over the course of many years. The casting is spot on, the mood realistically foreboding, the past and present sequencing nearly flawless.
It really is that good and that makes ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ a very rare thing—a horror series that actually scares you on multiple levels.
The influences on writer Mike Flanagan’s adaptation are many but perhaps it most strongly resembles The Amityville Horror, Poltergeist, and Stephen King’s It along with a dash of Hitchcock-inspired cinematography. And make no mistake, ‘Hill House’ is in many ways, perhaps even most ways, superior to The Amityville Horror, Poltergeist, and It. (Apologies to King fans but It has always been overrated)
This isn’t a series about a haunted house so much as it is about haunted lives, the lasting imperfections of family, guilt, and ultimate regret.
You know, the things that really scare us in this life.
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KILLING IS EASY.
IT’S THE FORGETTING THAT’S HARD.
“A visit into another time with the places, dialogue, character development and constantly twisting plot outguessing me at every turn. Superb.” -David Whitfield
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