OMG you guys! Are you watching this? This has to be the best adaptation so far!
The Haunting of Hill House dropped its first season yesterday, and though I’m only on episode 4, I am obsessed!
Based on the very famous book by Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House is the family drama of your nightmares!
First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
Explores 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 Haunting of Hill House
I, like most people, love this book. It will forever be one of my favourite classics, as it’s truly a masterpiece of horror and psychological terror. There have been many adaptations over the years, some pretty faithful to the source material, and some that have had spoofs starring Tori Spelling made because of it. This brilliant show is by far my favourite adaptation so far!
How clever to create a family instead of a group of strangers, who not just stay in the house for a short period of time, but live in it. Each sibling has the name of the famous characters from the book, including Nell. (Oh Nell… My heart is still pounding over the episode I watched last.) Even the author’s name is used which is a very cool homage, though there is no Shirley in the book.
The mother is played by the beautiful and talented Carla Gugino, who impressed us in Netflix’s adaptation of Gerald’s Game. In the flashback scenes, we are shown a loving mother who is a creative soul, unique, but most definitely devoted to her family. Yet, in the present, she is lambasted as a ‘crazy’ person. Her memory forever besmirched because of their time at Hill House.
Timothy Hutton plays the father “Hugh Crain” and bears witness to nightmares no one could possible conceive of, and yet his children grow up never knowing exactly what he “saw” or what happened on their last night at the house.
Oh but that House!
Speaking of the house, wow! The house is exquisite! Terrifying but beautiful down to the smallest details. Honestly, this show is all about atmosphere, Hill House being the centerpiece but the other locations are just as fitting. Either creepy as befitting the show, or really mundane. All the better to catch you off guard and scare the pants out of you.
Overall, I am loving this and can’t wait to continue my binge. I do have questions as to how they will maintain the longevity of the series, but season 1 is proving to be brilliant and is receiving high praise from critics everywhere.
The Haunting of Hill House is the quintessential Halloween read, and now the series is a must watch for the season.