A TV show review: The Haunting of Hill House


The sinister background and seemingly alive house are shown in this Netflix preview.

William Himelhoch, Staff Writer

The Haunting of Hill House is a Netflix Original series adapted from the book, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Netflix’s adaptation exemplifies the creepy and morbid nature of the book and highlights all its intriguing detail. With a strong cast and a great production team, Netflix was able to create a show that absorbs the viewer while creating a mystifying scenery that portrays key elements of fear and suspense.

The show originally aired in 2018 and since then has received the best TV series of 2019 at the Chainsaw Awards, an award show for horTrors and thrillers. Hill House was directed by Mike Flanagan who directed the movies Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil and Gerald’s Game. Flanagan certainly lived up to his name with this breathtaking series.

The series follows a family of seven who move into an old and creaky house in the middle of the woods. Immediately within a few days, every family member begins noticing that something is off with the house. Throughout the show, things begin to add up and overtime the House takes a toll on the characters.

The way the screenplay is cast, scenes switch back and forth between present day and past. Only through re-watching is one able to notice the slight changes in brightness and contrast representing a shift in time. The hues of yellow represent the past, a time when the children were innocent and only newly introduced to the chilling atmosphere of Hill House. While on the other hand, cooler hues of blue signify the present and a time of mourning and realization of the trauma caused by living in the house.

Each character has his/her own problems that they must overcome within the series. Each child represents one of the five stages of grief and this is exemplified by Flanagan. He chooses to specifically hone in on each child for an episode and show how they react to a significant death. In doing this, Flanagan gives the perspective of each child on a series of events and shows how each character reacts, first person, to the given circumstance. This creates a very interesting platform and puts a twist on horror/suspenseful TV shows.

Rachael Friederich, Senior, gave her take on The Haunting of Hill House and stated that “Hill House is definitely one of my top three favorite shows. Every time I watch it, I notice something completely new and Flanagan’s attention to detail creates a story that is unpredictable and interesting.” Many critics online agree with Friederich in saying that the show is unpredictable. Hill House offers countless twists and changes in the plot that are seemingly impossible to predict. The show keeps the viewer on their toes and ensures they must always be paying attention.

With the second anniversary of The Haunting of Hill House nearing on October 12, the same producers are making a second season spin-off called The Haunting of Bly Manor. This brand-new storyline will feature the same actors as in Hill House but with completely new roles. Fans will still be able to enjoy their favorite actors from Hill House but in a new setting. The Haunting of Bly Manor is set to be released October 9th and introduces an entirely new plot with even more of a thrill factor.