When it comes to Netflix movies or shows, usually it goes either way for me. Either it’s really good or incredibly bad. I’m never able to find the middleground.
Recently Netflix uploaded a new Horror Series called ‘the Haunting of Hill House’ based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. A spooky ghost series about a haunted house and it’s inhabitants. Get ready to be spooked!
The Haunting of Hill House revolves around the Jackson family. Hugh, Olivia and their five children; Steven, Shirley, Theodora and the twins Luke and Eleanor (shortened to Nell).
Olvia and Hugh are house renovators. They buy a house, fix it up and then resell it for more money. Hill House is the next project. A large mansion standing on a hill surrounded by a forest in a secluded area. The idea is to fix the house during the summer and hopefully sell it by then so the children can start school again in September.
The house is already taken care of by the Dudleys, a family who has taken care of the house and worked for the previous owners. The Dudleys however don’t stay on the property after dark, because they claim it to be unhealthy and to dangerous.
The family soon experiences weird things, especially the mother and the twins but pretty soon the other children (except for Steven) and Hugh have their own experiences with the unnatural. Beginning from simple spooks such as scratch noises to loud bangs and eventually entities appearing and haunting them.
One night something goes immensely wrong and Hugh takes the children away in the car, leaving Olivia behind for unknown reasons.
Review (no spoilers)
What makes this series so intriguing is that it switches back between the present and the past (the past being when they lived in Hill House).
In the present we see the kids as grownups, it’s with their own respective problems and issues varying from anxiety, addiction and loneliness to pretending to live a happy life. Each of them are drawn back to that house. No matter where they are the house won’t let you go….
The series jumps perfectly from present moments back to past moments. Each episode is dedicated to either one person of the family and sometimes the complete family, which makes this a pretty well filled 10 episode series.
The scares in this series are brilliant. As a horror fanatic I don’t scare that easy but this series had me on the edge of my seat multiple times, sometimes even hiding my face into the shoulder of my significant other.
If you love horror and are looking for a new series I suggest you give this one a try. It was highly enjoyable from start to finish. It is a series you have to pay close attention to because otherwise you might lose the clue to the ending.
The cast is brilliant, from the children to the adults. They did a really good job. Michiel Huisman, plays adult Steven, did a very well job hiding is Dutch accent. Being Dutch myself and an English teacher, I tend to criticise Dutch actors quickly but Huisman did a great job at sounding American and not Dutch at all (unlike Carice van Houten in Game of Thrones).
The horror elements and ghosts are a treat as well. The decor and makeup was top notch.
To conclude. I rate this Netflix series a 9 out of 10.