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12th Oct 2018

People are absolutely raving about Netflix’s terrifying new horror show

Paul Moore

Haunting hill hOUSE

With the weather so bad, this is perfect to binge on.

Remember when the Beast form the East struck and we were all scouring the Netflix library for some new titles to get stuck into?

Well, here’s hoping that Storm Callum doesn’t see the nation endure the same levels of cabin fever that we experienced a few months ago, but if you’re cosying up to some TV over the weekend, Netflix has you sorted.

As mentioned previously, there’s an assortment of great titles like Paul Greengrass’ (Captain Phillips, the Bourne films) new drama July 22, Gareth Evans (The Raid) taking on the occult in the bonkers Apostle, and a new documentary on the shooting of Bob Marley to get stuck into.

Aside from this, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Girl on the Train, Babe, and Big Mouth have all been recently added to their library.

This being said, one title has been drawing more buzz than most and if you’re a fan of horror, The Haunting of Hill House could be just the thing you’re looking for.

As stated in our review, Mike Flanagan’s ten-part series is a very different beast to the more standard fare of blood, guts and gore that we’re familiar with.

Due to the fact that the show is given time to breathe and develop, the creators are far more interested in fleshing out the backstory and individual arcs.

Okay, what’s it about?

Clip via Netflix

The Haunting of Hill House is a modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s beloved novel of the same name, about five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house.

Now adults, they’re reunited by the suicide of their youngest sister, which forces them to finally confront the ghosts of their own pasts – some which lurk in their minds – and some which may really be lurking in the shadows of the iconic Hill House.

While the show excels in terms of drama, there’s plenty for horror fans to enjoy as a foreboding sense of dread and menace fills Hill House.

Just like The Conjuring, Flanagan brings a modern feel to some old fashioned scares and some of the ghosts and demons created are extremely eery.

We’re not going to give too much away but the public’s initial reactions are in and people love what they’ve seen.

As for the critics, the show currently has a rating of 81% on Metacritic and it has clearly made an impression on those that have seen it.

In their review, Variety said that it is “a horror series that doesn’t immediately make a case for itself; like the best of the genre, it’s slowly insinuating, building in power as it tells a story of repressed trauma and family discord.”

The Hollywood Reporter stated that the show is “scary as hell and possessed of enough character-centric nuance to carry viewers through to the end,” while TV Guide said “it’s as though Flanagan has taken Jackson’s original work, shattered it and then rearranged the pieces to create a completely original, but equally brilliant tale.”

The Haunting of Hill House is now available to watch on Netflix.

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