Film review: The Haunting of Hill House

I’ll begin by acknowledging that The Haunting of Hill House is a television series, not a film, as indicated in my title. But it’s the same concept.

I decided to give this show a watch after seeing tremendous hype about it across social media channels, and god damn am I ever glad I did.

This show is a bloody masterpiece. The camera angles and transitions, the acting, the emotional vortex tied into an insanely creepy and meticulous plot … I’m only three episodes in and I cannot justify how fantastic this show is.

Created by Mike Flanagan, The Haunting of Hill House is an American supernatural horror television series, loosely based off of the 1959 novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson.

The series depicts the experiences of the Crain family and the time they spent in Hills House with their five children, Steven, Shirley, Luke, Theo and Nell. Their mother, Olivia, commits suicide, and their father, Hugh, urgently removes the family from the home without any explanation as to what happened to their mother.

Each episode depicts current and past scenarios, and how severely Hills House traumatized each of the five children. The filmography is astounding, and although all of the acting is incredible, standouts for me personally are Carla Gugino as Olivia, and Kate Siegel as Theo.

Incredibly sinister events occur in Hills House when the children are adolescents, but from what I can tell so far being three episodes in, their parents are dismissive of their claims because of their young ages.

It is definitely creepy, but the emotional jarring that occurs each and every episode as a result of childhood trauma is relentless, leaving you on the edge of your seat and clicking “next episode” on Netflix. I can’t recommend this show enough, and with only one season so far, I sincerely hope more seasons are added.

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