By: Brittany Rosso
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – On Oct. 12, Netflix viewers got one of the most exciting horror stories of the year. “The Haunting of Hill House,” a TV series adaptation from the 1959 novel “The Haunting of Hill House,” is far beyond your average ghost story. Since its release, it has taken off with several 5 star reviews, binge viewings and 10/10 ratings- even considered “close to work of a genius” by the master of horror himself, Stephen King. This isn’t just a story about an average family who grew up in an average house with a few ghost stories. This is something different.
The main characters, the children of the Crain family, grew up in the enormous Hill House as their parents worked to flip the property. During their rather quick stay, the family members encountered experiences beyond the ordinary, but little did they know, their childhood home, ghost stories and nightmares would soon become a part of the most famous story ever. The series dives into the terror they lived at the house by reliving their childhood, present lives and following their futures.
Soon into the show, it becomes apparent that many of the family members suffer from personal issues including mental health and addiction problems- an aspect of the series that puts a twist on your average scary TV show. Beyond the unordinary story line, plot and visually engaging settings, the film crew of the production uses a unique approach. Several moments capture the real life horror from the characters point-of-view, allowing those who watch to feel as though they are in the show themselves… it’s truthfully complicated to catch the same camera angle twice.
The Crain family’s Hill House’s horror story is filled with tragedy, death and drama. If you want to learn the story of Hill House, meet the “bent-neck lady” and discover the tragedies suffered by those who once inhabited the property, head on over to Netflix and get watching. It’s terror will surely keep you on the edge of your seat, and probably make you eager to binge watch like the rest of us. But be careful, the Haunting of Hill House has been known to engulf those who listen back into its horror.