Based on the novel penned by Shirley Jackson in ’59, the series tells the tale of a fractured family who are continually haunted by their old home and the events that took place within it. The stories are so captivating, the novel has already been adapted for both the big and small screen.
While GQ has boldly called the series TV’s first great horror show — a theory we hope turns out to be true — other industry giants such as Variety and Forbes have praised it for its watchability, not to mention the haunting aftertaste it leaves behind once you’ve finished binging.
Re-watch the trailer up top, and keep reading for our round-up of what the critics are saying about The Haunting of Hill House.
The super hyped
Tom Philip / GQ
“Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House is the first great horror TV show ever. The series, based on Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name (which also spawned some really subpar movies simply titled The Haunting), pulls no punches when it comes to not just scares, but also the brutality it puts its characters through, physically and emotionally. It’s not for the faint of heart, and it’s fucking fantastic.”
Daniel D'Addario / Variety
“With brutal effectiveness, The Haunting at Hill House will fill viewers’ hearts with dread, not at the ghosts and apparitions that do, indeed, play a role, but at the wages of time and of pain that’d be easier shared but that’s impossible to talk about. The clever idea to widen the aperture of a horror tale — to tell the story after the haunting seems to have ceased — has given viewers a very special show, one that knows the scariest hauntings are not by ghosts but by memories.”
Ed Gonzalez / Slant
“Every episode of The Haunting of Hill House is a kind of riff on madness in its many forms, a sojourn of loss and regret, and how the episodes interlock is one of the show’s consistently disarming surprises.”
Merrill Barr / Forbes
“This is a horror show through and through. Family drama or not, it’s a show out to scare and on that front, it succeeds from the get-go and makes for perfect Halloween bingeing along with everyone’s various slasher movie marathons.”
Chris Evangelista / SlashFilm
“The Haunting of Hill House is a frequently scary, surprisingly emotional saga focused on both past and present. Director Mike Flanagan takes Shirley Jackson’s iconic haunted house novel and works into something wholly different, yet equally effective.”
And the hopeful
Josh Winning / Digital Spy
“This is a new version of The Haunting for a new time, when the term ‘ghosting’ means something else entirely, and, although it’s not always completely successful in its balancing of horror and heart, it’s definitely an intelligent and intriguing cocktail that constantly invites the audience to question what it’s seeing. Hopefully, this slow-burn series will catch light in a way that Jackson would be proud of.”
The Haunting of Hill House arrives on Netflix October 12th. Will you be watching? Let us know in the comments.
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