The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: A contemporary editor might have said: Then we follow Eleanor, the main character, as she takes the car she shares with her sister and drives to Hill House.
The Shirley Jackson 5: The Haunting of Hill House Eps. Jane, when I saw that Netflix was adapting The Haunting of Hill House as a series, and that it would involve cell phones, I knew we needed to talk about it here in a Dear Television yak, the antique brass speaking-tube of television criticism formats.
How did this casting director locate so many different women who look like they could plausibly be the daughters of Carla Gugino?
Phil, I have to admit that when I first came across the advertisement for this series on my Netflix dashboard, my immediate response was…not excitement. Obviously, I clicked play—but with trepidation! The Robert Wise film adaptation is already so good, and the novel is, like, not very long?
But the start feels like a series of misdirections—a bumpy beginning into what turns out to be a richly fleshed out character world. Jane, I totally agree.
I read it in high school and, turns out, remember very very little! But even still, that opening was unusual—both in terms of its relationship to the novel, apparently, but also the rest of the show. That monologue with Steve is an overture that suggests a different style of narrative and visual suspense.
So much of what makes this series magnetic is its movement, its hiding-in-plain-sight sense of unease, and even the constipated inarticulateness of its characters. Maybe I just think everyone I meet is a psychologist until proven otherwise.
The twist no pun intended—gross that is revealed at the end of the episode—that the bent-neck lady is actually Nell appearing to herself at moments of crisis—forces us as viewers to begin guessing again about the whole deal with Hill House. It asks us to ask fewer questions about space the house, the line between living and dead and ask more questions about time.
She famously drew sketches of Hill House to try to capture its impossible geometry. What makes The Haunting of Hill House an incredible horror novel is its profound obsession with representing the phenomenology of space something arguably easier to do visually.
Everything ramps up too quickly: Nell runs to her car, starts driving, and suddenly hits a tree.
What kind of excites me about this show, then, is how shamelessly televisual it is. Murder House and even This is Us makes it even more strange and unexpected.
Television, as you note, is still seen as somewhat shameful, even in its shamelessness. What I mean by that is this: The grummy genius of the Netflix model of production is that its eight kazillion original series and films unabashedly embrace that invisible generic aspect—nobody knows better than Netflix that prestige television is a generic construct.
Everybody knows it at some level, but the anxiety over it, rather than acceptance of it, is what we have to thank for Matthew Weiner following up Mad Men with a series of hour and a half late-Woody Allen films, or Sam Esmail doodling Fight Club logos over all of his Mr.
That knowledge frees Netflix to imagine a world outside or inverting those conventions in wackadoodle experiments like The OA, and it also allows them to be super canny and conspicuous about embracing them for satisfying cannibalistic exercises like Stranger Things. You might also like etc.
Like Stranger Things et al. In selling Hill House as having it all novel adaptation! And which seems, moreover, especially conducive to the horror genre.A review of The Haunting of Hill House, the Netflix series based on the Shirley Jackson novel, starring Henry Thomas and Carla Gugino.
The horror series gets sufficiently creepy for a Halloween. The Haunting of Hill House is a gothic horror novel by American author Shirley Jackson. A finalist for the National Book Award and considered one of the best literary ghost stories published during the 20th century,  it has been made into two feature films, Publisher: Viking.
Dr. Montague, an investigator of psychic disturbances, extends an invitation to three young people to join him at Hill House, whose tragic history has made it unfit for human habitation, and where perhaps they can intensify the forces at work.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Published in: Reviewed by: Jen Rating: stars Find it/buy it here:The Haunting of Hill House.
The Haunting of Hill House is one of Shirley Jackson’s most well-known books and is considered to be one of the best, if not THE best, literary ghost stories.
I dug up my review from. The Haunting of Hill House () is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwise have been /5(K).
Tales about haunted houses are by now as common as major character deaths in Game of Thrones (sorry, couldn't resist that comment), but it seems like Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House belongs to those classic stories which caused the hype first of all/5.