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EW – Just like with the Stephen King-based It, Mike Flanagan‘s Netflix horror series needs two casts to tell the freaky story at its core. To be fair, though, King’s novel came out in 1986, 30 years after Flanagan’s source material. So Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House did it first.
As shown in EW’s exclusive behind-the-scenes video for The Haunting of Hill House, the 10-episode series adaptation introduces the Crains across two different time periods: when the family were first being plagued by malevolent forces inside what is now the most haunted home in rural Massachusetts, and 25 years later to see them reconvene as traumatized adults to finally face their demons.
There are the model parents, the son who grows up to write a book based on their experiences, the level-headed daughter, the child with a sensitivity to ghosts, and the totally troubled twins.
Carla Gugino (Olivia Crain), Henry Thomas (young Hugh Crain), Paxton Singleton (young Steven Crain), Lulu Wilson (young Shirley Crain), McKenna Grace (young Theo Crain), Julian Hilliard (young Luke Crain), and Violet McGraw (young Nell Crain) portray the Crains before they succumbed to parasitic poltergeists.
The adult cast, then, is populated by Timothy Hutton (Hugh Crain), Michael Huisman (Steven Crain), Elizabeth Reaser (Shirley Crain), Kate Siegel (Theo Crain), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Luke Crain), and Victoria Pedretti (Nell Crain).
“More important than the horror for me was always the human drama,” Flanagan, who created, directed, and executive produced the show, says in the video (above). “If we loved these characters and if we could truly empathize with them on a personal level, we wouldn’t be able to stop ourselves from being afraid for them.
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The series stars Michiel Huisman (Steven Crain), Elizabeth Reaser (Shirly Crain), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Luke Crain), Kate Siegel (Theo Crain), Victoria Pedretti (Nell Crain), Timothy Hutton (Hugh Crain), Carla Gugino (Olivia Crain), and Henry Thomas (Young Hugh Crain), and is created by horror director Mike Flanagan – who the cast credits with building a truly terrifying world for their characters to inhabit.
“Mike Flanagan first and foremost is a horror fan; he is making movies for himself and people like him,” said Siegel (who also happens to be married to Flanagan). “That is a rarity, I think, because on some level, horror can be made in one room on your iPhone for cheap, but Mike loves it so much that he approaches it with such romance, almost. He loves his characters the way you would in a Merchant Ivory film, but he still wants to scare the pants off you.” She credited Flanagan with managing to never “reuse a monster or reuse a scare,” as well as finding “new ways to scare people who spend every waking moment in the horror world. He gets to throw all of his best tricks at you.”
Huisman admitted that reading the scripts was even more terrifying than filming the show. “That was the scariest part for me, reading it – now I can watch it because I know it’s coming,” he laughed.
I don’t know why there weren’t any pictures online for this. Usually London Build has more pics available than NY Build does.