A few minutes into Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House, Michiel Huisman’s Steve Crain sums up the pulsating heart of the story. According to Steve, the eldest of the disturbed Crain family and author of a bestselling novel, a good horror story is all about the characters and who they are. In this television version of Shirley Jackson’s novel, Flanagan does what he does best: he serves us a spine-chilling horror that terrorizes us while tugging at our heartstrings.
Almost all horror on television exists on anthology programs, such as “Tales from the Crypt” and “Masters of Horror.” In the Haunting of Hill House, these factors add up to a miracle. A fantastic blend of family drama and terrifying images you’ve never seen before, the film sets itself apart from any other you’ve ever seen.
The Haunting of Hill House: Episodes and Cast
The Crain siblings—Steve, Shirley (Elizabeth Reaser), a funeral director, Theodora (Kate Siegel), a child psychologist, and twins Luke (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) and Eleanor or Nellie—are the focus of the 10-episode series (Victoria Pedretti).
The Hill House, a mansion they had dwelt at with their now-deceased mother (Carla Gugino) and their increasingly distant father Hugh, brings the unhappy Crain siblings together (Henry Thomas). Earlier spirits haunt them in the mansion (in the most literal and metaphorical senses possible).
The Haunting of Hill House: Full Review
“The Haunting of Hill House” structure is stunning, shifting between two periods in the Crain family’s history. The current material introduces us to a variety of tormented characters, all of whom are involved in trying to atone for the horrors that occurred at Hill House decades ago. Each episode, similar to “LOST,” focuses on a Crain family member, filling in both their current predicaments and their viewpoint on the days the family spent in one of the world’s most famous haunted houses.
The timeline moves back and forth between the kids’ miserable summers with their parents in the 1990s and the present, where the siblings have distant connections. Their mother’s death, which is still a question mark, causes anguish in the youngest and rage in the oldest. In the show, the majority of scenes take place in a haunted house, but Flanagan emphasizes terror over horror, which is contrary to the genre. For unnerving dread, he skips the good old jumpscare. We instantly fell in love with the Crain family and their seemingly warm and welcoming home. The mood board, on the other hand, the mood board enthusiastically accepts the cue when the story progresses into a frightening area.
The show’s production design and cinematography are flawless, amplifying the horrors frequently. The team’s talent is on display in Two Storms, the series’ sixth episode, which depicts the story of two bleak storms in the Crains’ lives that span two decades. By combining magnificent long takes, the episode creates a terrifying nightmare. To add to the show’s brilliance, causing us to cry and fume alongside them.