ⓘ The Haunting of Hill House, TV series. The Haunting of Hill House is an American anthology supernatural horror drama web television series created and directed ..

The Haunting of Hill House (TV series)

ⓘ The Haunting of Hill House (TV series)

The Haunting of Hill House is an American anthology supernatural horror drama web television series created and directed by Mike Flanagan for Netflix; produced by Amblin Television and Paramount Television. The first season is loosely based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson. The plot alternates between two timelines, following five adult siblings whose paranormal experiences at Hill House continue to haunt them in the present day, and flashbacks depicting events leading up to the eventful night in 1992 when the family fled from the mansion. The ensemble cast features Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, and Victoria Pedretti as the adult counterparts of the siblings. Carla Gugino and Henry Thomas portray parents Olivia and Hugh Crain, with Timothy Hutton appearing as an older version of Hugh.

The series premiered on Netflix on October 12, 2018. The Haunting of Hill House received critical acclaim, particularly for its acting, directing and production values, with many calling it an "effective ghost story". A second season with a different story and characters titled The Haunting of Bly Manor, based on the 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, is set to be released in 2020.


1. Synopsis

In the summer of 1992, Hugh and Olivia Crain and their children - Steven, Shirley, Theodora, Luke, and Eleanor Nell - move into Hill House to renovate the mansion in order to sell it and build their own house, designed by Olivia. However, due to unexpected repairs, they have to stay longer, and they begin to experience increasing paranormal phenomena, resulting in a tragic loss and the family fleeing from the house. Twenty-six years later, the Crain siblings and their estranged father reunite after tragedy strikes again, and they are forced to confront how their time in Hill House had affected each of them.


2.1. Cast and characters Main

  • Victoria Pedretti and Violet McGraw as Eleanor "Nell" Crain Vance, Lukes younger twin and one of the two youngest members of the family. She has never fully recovered from the haunting she experienced while living in Hill House.
  • Henry Thomas and Timothy Hutton as Hugh Crain, the father of the family, who flips houses. He becomes estranged from his children after the events at Hill House.
  • Elizabeth Reaser and Lulu Wilson as Shirley Crain Harris, the eldest daughter of the family. She owns a mortuary with her husband Kevin. They have a son and a daughter.
  • Kate Siegel and Mckenna Grace as Theodora "Theo" Crain, the middle child of the five, and a child psychologist. "Sensitive" like her mother, she wears gloves to prevent touching other people and experiencing psychic knowledge about them.
  • Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Julian Hilliard as Luke Crain, older twin of Nell and one of the two youngest members of the family. He struggles with addiction as an adult to push out his memories of Hill House.
  • Michiel Huisman and Paxton Singleton as Steven Crain, the eldest son of the family. He became a famous author after writing about his familys experiences at Hill House, despite his siblings disapproval.
  • Carla Gugino as Olivia Crain, the matriarch of the family, who designs houses. She, along with her daughter Nell, is among the most affected by the paranormal activity in the house.

2.2. Cast and characters Recurring

  • Elizabeth Becka as Aunt Janet, sister of Olivia Crain.
  • Logan Medina as Jayden Harris, son of Shirley and Kevin.
  • Samantha Sloyan as Leigh Crain, Stevens wife.
  • Catherine Parker as Poppy Hill, one of the ghosts inhabiting Hill House, wife of William Hill and considered insane when alive.
  • Fedor Steer as William Hill, former owner of Hill House who went insane and bricked himself behind a wall; appears as Tall Man/Bowler Hat Man.
  • Robert Longstreet as Horace Dudley
  • May Badr as Allie Harris, daughter of Shirley and Kevin.
  • Olive Elise Abercrombie as Abigail, young Lukes friend from the woods.
  • Anna Enger as Joey, a recovering addict that Luke tries to help.
  • James Flanagan as Funeral Director
  • Annabeth Gish as Clara Dudley. She and her husband are the caretakers of the house and help the Crains in their efforts to revamp the mansion.
  • Levy Tran as Trish Park, Theos girlfriend.
  • Anthony Ruivivar as Kevin Harris, Shirleys husband.
  • James Lafferty as Ryan Quale, an apparition from Shirleys memory.
  • Jordane Christie as Arthur Vance, Nells sleep technologist and later husband.


3. Development and production

On April 10, 2017, Netflix announced that it had ordered a 10-episode adaptation of the classic horror novel The Haunting of Hill House, with Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy as executive producers, and Amblin Television and Paramount Television as co-production companies. It would be the first scripted series to be made for Netflix by Amblin.

Production on the series began in October 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia, with location filming in the city and its environs. Bisham Manor, former name of the property located in LaGrange, served as the exterior of "Hill House". Interior settings were filmed at EUE/Screen Gem Studios in Atlanta.


3.1. Development and production Second season

In October 2018, Flanagan said in regards to a possible second season that it would not continue the story of the Crain family, stating that "its done".

On February 21, 2019, Netflix renewed the series for a second season as an anthology series. Titled The Haunting of Bly Manor, season two is based on The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. It is set to premiere in 2020.

The second season features the return of several Hill House actors portraying new characters, including Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, and Kate Siegel.


4. Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, The Haunting of Hill House has a 93% "certified fresh" rating based on 94 reviews, with an average rating of 8.41/10. The websites critical consensus reads, The Haunting of Hill House is an effective ghost story whose steadily mounting anticipation is just as satisfying as its chilling payoff." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 79 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Corrine Corrodus of The Telegraph gave the series a 5/5 rating, calling it "the most complex and complete horror series of its time". Brian Tallerico of gave unanimous praise to the Netflix adaptation, calling it "essential viewing" and stating that contains some of the most unforgettable horror imagery in film or television in years." David Griffin of IGN gave the series a rating of 9.5 out of 10, "Amazing", calling it "a superb and terrifying family drama." Paul Tassi of Forbes called it "absolutely fantastic" and stated that "it may actually be Netflixs best original show ever."

Horror author Stephen King, a huge admirer of Jacksons novel, tweeted about the series: "I dont usually care for this kind of revisionism, but this is great. Close to a work of genius, really. I think Shirley Jackson would approve, but who knows for sure".

Quentin Tarantino in interview with The Jerusalem Post said: "My favorite Netflix series, with no competition, is The Haunting of Hill House."


5. Home media

In August 2019, it was announced that The Haunting of Hill House would be released on Blu-ray and DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment on October 15, 2019. It includes extended directors cuts of three episodes "Steven Sees a Ghost", "The Bent-Neck Lady" and "Silence Lay Steadily", all of which also have audio commentaries from Flanagan, and an additional audio commentary for "Two Storms".

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