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That sweet 100% Rotten Tomatoes score promises to get your blood pumping.
WHATCULTURE – Netflix’s latest horror series has got a selection of critics all hot under the collar already, achieving a highly coveted ‘100% Fresh Rotten Tomatoes’ score since September 25th with more reviews still set to roll in. Whilst it’s early days for the new addition to Netflix’s vast bank of originals, there’s plenty working in the TV show’s favour that suggests the favourable attention isn’t simply a media ploy before release.
The streaming giant has been producing a steady flow of excellent television content for the past few years, banking on titles such as Stranger Things, Dark, and Mindhunter for solid creepy content; and that’s to say nothing of the runaway success of shows like Orange is the New Black and their take on Jessica Jones and other Marvel properties. Netflix know what they’re doing when it comes to creating engaging, unique franchises, so it should come as no surprise that The Haunting of Hill House is lining up neatly with their dedicated Originals brand.
What makes The Haunting of Hill House that much more interesting is that is already has a solid source material. Based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name, the narrative is described by Netflix as: “flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.”
Reimagining Jackson’s classic tale of a paranormal investigation revolving around a haunted house, the TV adaptation seems like it will focus on the energy and tone of the Gothic tale rather than its storyline outright – offering something for fans old and new in the process.
The Haunting Of Hill House has appeared on screen before however, with both a faithful 1963 version and a less appealing 1999 version that then served as the basis for Scary Movie 2. Both were simply titled ‘The Haunting’, so retain an air of separation from this new project, which in the case of the later movie can only be a good thing for most watchers. The fact that the novel has so much potential for recreation, as well as a few attempts already under its belt, is obviously a plus for some impressive writing as well.
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.