Netflix's "The Haunting of Hill House"

Started by the_last_gunslinger, October 23, 2018, 09:37:21 PM

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the_last_gunslinger

I just finished the show yesterday. Superbly written, creepy, disturbing. I loved every minute of it, even though it diverged wildly from the source material. Has anyone else here seen it yet? Thoughts? What do you think they could do for a season 2, assuming that happens?
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bromstaker

I've watched 5 episodes and am liking it a lot.

Wicked Lester

I'm on episode 8. So far so good but episode 2 was a little rough after losing my wife last x-mas. This ceratinly is not what I expected. Not as creepy as hoped. I'm also watching the mini show Haunted on NetFlix. Good stories but I'm thinking if ALL this horrible stuff going on including murder,why didn't you contact somebody?

TheMadScientist

I finished The Haunting of Hill House earlier this week. I really liked it a lot. I don't know why, but the first few episodes of that creeped me out far more than most horror movies/shows I've seen before.

Quote from: Wicked Lester on October 25, 2018, 09:51:19 AM
I'm also watching the mini show Haunted on NetFlix. Good stories but I'm thinking if ALL this horrible stuff going on including murder,why didn't you contact somebody?

I tried to watch that but just couldn't get into it. I think you're referring to the second episode. I have a pretty open mind about these things, but I just couldn't buy that. It kind of made me lose interest in the show as a whole, it was just so unbelievable.

zombiehorror

The wife and I both thought The Haunting of Hill House was ok but nothing special or above average.  As far as that other show.....lame, complete joke; I gave up after that ridiculous 2nd episode but even the first one was silly.

the_last_gunslinger

I agree that it wasn't as creepy/scary as I had hoped. The more I watched, the more evident it became that it's not a "horror" show per se, but a drama set against a horror backdrop. There were some good scares, though. The bent neck lady was unnerving. And the house itself was really creepy.

I read an article recently which stated that The Haunting of Hill House is so scary, people are vomiting because of it. That's a bit much, I think. It wasn't scary so much as it was unsettling. It had that in spades.

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geezer butler

Just binged THOHH. I liked it a lot. I agree this show is really a family drama that happens to be anchored around a haunted house. Plenty of genuinely spooky moments, but don't expect straight horror series. I would say at least 80% of each episode is about the dynamic between the siblings, with supernatural scares making up 10-20% of the content. As others have pointed out, the show deals with some pretty heavy subject matter (families dealing with losing loved ones prematurely, substance abuse, child abuse, and infidelity for examples). 

I would have preferred a more straight ahead horror version of this story, but the acting is very good and overall show is pretty suspenseful, so I would def recommend.

Lunkenstein

I finally watched the first episode and thought it was just ok.  I'll give the rest a shot, since it's only 10 episodes.  A couple things threw me off though - the constant switching back and forth between timelines and using most of the characters' names from the original film as now children of Hugh Crane. I will give it a chance though.  I first thought of BATES MOTEL as merely a rip-off of the PSYCHO films, but I grew to love that series as an alternate universe take on the ideas.  I'm hoping that's what I'll eventually feel here.
Paul

Lunkenstein

Well, I just finished episode 5 and thought that ending was pretty good. I still am not crazy about the back and forth timelines. They kind of annoy me, but I'm in this far and will see how I feel after the last episode.

Paul

Lunkenstein

I'm finding this a chore to get through now. Episode 7 was a bore and the house takes such a back seat. 3 more to go, but I don't feel a whole lot of love for it.
Paul

Lunkenstein

For crying out loud! Why do they have to keep jumping around timelines so much - even different timelines within the two main timelines! 3 months ago, 2 days before, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah! Gives me a freakin headache! Have to work hard to keep following where we are half the time. Horrible!
Paul

Lunkenstein

I just binge watched the last 3 episodes to get through this. Oh brother. So glad to be done with timelines, long monologues,  token lines from the '63 film and a house that didn't really have much going on except family drama. Will not watch a Season 2, if there is one.
Paul

Mike...In 3-D!

Overall, I ended up liking it. I didn't love it like I hoped/assumed I would.
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the_last_gunslinger

I don't have the link to the news story off hand as it was reported a couple months ago, but they apparently ARE doing a season two, and are going the anthology route. The next iteration will be based on Henry James's "The Turn of the Screw" and will be entitled, "The Haunting of Bly Manor."
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