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The Haunting of Hill House (2018) no spoilers!

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!

Summary

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.

Good night, baby girl. Sweet dreams…

One night something goes immensely wrong and Hugh takes the children away in the car, leaving Olivia behind for unknown reasons.

‘Why do I have this feeling that I forgot something?’

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….

‘We still haven’t sold the house…’

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.

The bent-neck lady

Conclusion

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.

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The Tick, 2nd half of season 1

He’s blue

He’s big

He’s back!

Last year I wrote a review on the first half of season 1 of Amazon’s prime series ‘the Tick’.

Now its time for the second half of that season. On February 23rd our big blue friend was back on screen.

I really enjoyed the first half of season 1, the jokes, the storyline, the casting… I thought they did a really good job and I could only hope things would still be as good during the last half of the season.

“Dear lord, let it be good.”

The whole gang is still here. Arthur, the Tick and of course our main villian the Terror (brilliant acting job by Jackie Earle Haley).

Overkill, Dottie (Arthur’s sister), Superian, Miss Lint and let’s not forget the true hero of the show….D-d-dangerboat!

I love this boat. Voiced by Alan Tundyk (Wash from Firefly, Sonny from I, Robot, etc).

The show continues with Arthur and the Tick trying to find the Terror. But at the end of the last episode, Arthur was kidnapped (by the Terror). Its up to the Tick to find and rescue his buddy! With the help of Dottie and Overkill they manage to find Arthur and the scientist who created Arthur’s suit.

Arthur now truly knows (having seen him in the flesh) that the Terror is still alive! Its up to him to make this known to the world.

The Terror already has his own plan on making his grand way back into the world, feeling no need to stay into hiding but not before he gets rid of Superian.

The episodes focus mainly on the Terror preparing everything for his big bang entrance whilst the Tick and the gang try to stop his evil plot on how to get rid of Superian.

“Everyone and everything is a suspect!”

The big question obviously is, is this series worth a watch?

The answer; YES!

Next question, is the second half of season 1 as good as the first?

The answer; …I wish it was.

Listen, these few episodes were not bad. The storyline was a bit…meh. The cast was still as brilliant, they really did a fantastic job with this. The humor wasn’t has funny as last year’s episodes…it wasn’t as ‘squirt milk out of my nose’ funny this time.

One thing which really irritated me this time was the screentime of the Tick vs. Arthur. Compared to last year, the show now should have been called Arthur and the Tick…not the Tick.

There are also a couple of love stories developing on the sideline. Dot and Overkill, Dangerboat and Arthur.

Yup, the boat has a crush on Arthur (one sided, Arthur has no idea) and Dangerboat even discusses it with the Tick (who has no clue what the boat means when asked; “do you think a boat can be…homosexual?”)

Which I believe it totally can.

Other than that it conpletely focusses on superheroes trying to stop super villains.

To conclude!

Season 1 was a good season though I wish they hadn’t split it into 2 halves…there was no need for it in my opinion.

But!

I really enjoyed it. The jokes were good (even some in the 2nd half of the season) and the cast really is what makes this series great!

Season 2 is planned for 2019 and I can’t wait to see what they will make of it.

I rate this series overall an 8 out of 10 and the last half of season one a 7 put of 10.

Hope you enjoyed this review, take care and until next time!

“You hear that, Chum? There’s going to be a season 2!….NEAT!”
TV-series

The Tick (TV series 2017)

HA HA HA, I am the Tick!

In 1994 children were introduced to a new superhero. He’s big, he’s blue…he is… the Tick!

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Then in 2001 FOX launched a real-life action tv series of the Tick which only aired 9 episodes. Due to not enough promotion of the series it got cancelled pretty quickly.

So this year Amazon Prime exclusively came with a new real-life action tv series of the Tick, at the moment only the first 6 episodes are available of the intended 12. When the last 6 episodes will be aired is so fa unclear to me as I can find no information anywhere about this.

We basically binged watched the first 6 episodes of the Tick and I have to admit I laughed my butt off on several occasions.

The actors, the story, the dialogue…where do I begin?

In the show we are first introduced to Arthur. Arthur works a 9 till 5 job and lives in a small sized apartment. He has a mother, a sister (Dot) and a stepfather. Ever since Arthur was a young boy he adored superheroes, in this story the superheroes he adores are also the main reason his father died. Arthur’s father’s death was caused by the spaceship of said superheroes crashing right on top of his head, this incident was because of the villain known as ‘the Terror’. Arthur survived his encounter with ‘the Terror’ and even though in the end the villain was supposedly killed by the superhero Surperian, Arthur believes the Terror is still alive. So Arthur spends most of his time searching for clues to proof Terror isn’t really dead.

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Spying on the bad guys with super tech (a.k.a stuff Arthur bought from Ebay).

Arthur meets the Tick by accident. Arthur doesn’t want to fight off the bad guys and no matter what he says the Tick all misinterprets this. In the end Arthur ends up with this ‘Moth’ looking costume (that comes with an Ukrainian manual) which he cannot control.

Throughout the episodes we meet more characters such as Overkill (a villain/hero who has a talking boat called Dangerboat, which made me think of Kitt from Knightrider), Miss Lint (the Terror’s second in command) and Ramses (another villain in charge during the absence of the Terror).

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They call me Lint, Miss Lint.

As predicted Arthur is spot on with him believing the Terror is still alive. Because of this Arthur does not give up his suit when he is offered an opportunity to give it back to Miss Lint. Against the Tick’s will, the two superheroes team up with Overkill in order to find the Terror. Together Arthur and the Tick fight crime when necessary and saving civilians in the process. The Tick also suffers from memory loss, meaning he has no idea who he is (aside from that he is THE TICK!) or where he is from. Arthur promises to help the Tick regain his unknown identity.  The last episode ends with a cliffhanger where Arthur get’s kidnapped.

Upside to this series:

  • The jokes
  • The one-liners
  • The dialogue
  • The incredible great casting of all the characters

Honestly I can’t stress enough how brilliant the casting of this crew is. The Tick played by Peter Serafinowicz has the best voice for portraying the Tick and of course the great Jackie Earle Haley as the Terror. 

Downside of this series:

Honestly the only downside for me at the moment is the fact that I can’t find any information on when the last 6 episode will air. Other than that the show is incredibly funny and they did such a good job on this series. I really hope they won’t cancel it, at least not before airing the last episodes of the 1st season.

I rate this TV series a 9 out of 10