Series Review: The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

Certificate: 15

Creator: Mike Flanagan

Starring: Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas 

Episodes: 10

Runtime: 45 Minutes Each

Genre: Horror

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

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. – From IMDB

As a fan of horror and haunted house movies and shows, I was excited but a little dubious about this series. Could a show of ten episodes really keep my attention and keep me scared and on the edge of my seat for the whole ten hours? I doubted it. Boy was I wrong.

There was a creepy and tense atmosphere right from the very beginning of this series and if anything it just gets worse the further through the series you get. The more you see, and the more you uncover about the events that happened at hill house, the creepier and more intense it seems to get, leading up to one of the best series conclusions in a really long time. It tells the story through the eyes of each of the Crain children, with each episode being more focussed on each of them in turn. A clever way to tell the story and to ensure that no-ones story is pushed to one side.

Everyone here brings the best performances they can, and it shows. Both the younger cast, used for the flashbacks and the adults in the present time are phenomenal actors and the strength of their acting only helps to make the show even better. It is Carla Gugino however that is the real stand out star as Olivia Crain, the children’s mother whose mental state we slowly see deteriorate throughout the show. The changes her character goes through are vast, and the range she has to deliver is equally as vast. A bad performance here would have destroyed all the hard work that made the show so great, luckily for everyone, they found a trully amazing performer to fill the role.

Those of a disposition ill suited to horror films and all things creepy should probably watch this one with the lights on as there are quite a few terrifying moments and a few jump scares, but as October is coming up, the season of Spooky, and as ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ is also being released next week, I highly recommend that everyone check this one out.

‘The Haunting of Hill House’ is available to stream on Netflix now!

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