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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 12, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

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  • Summary: Mike Flanagan's re-imagining of Shirley Jackson's novel focuses on the grown-up siblings who lived in Hill House including writer Steve Crane (Michiel Huisman) and his two sisters (Elizabeth Reaser and Kate Siegel) as they return to face their past.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Oct 11, 2018
    100
    The Haunting of Hill House contains some of the most unforgettable horror imagery in film or television in years. The best horror film of the year also happens to be one of the best TV shows of 2018. Don’t miss it.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Sep 25, 2018
    100
    Flanagan so profoundly conveys the ferocity with which the past haunts this family, ensnaring them in webs of grief, that it feels as if we, too, are being pushed into an oblivion, so that we no longer have to share these characters’ living nightmares. For its blistering gathering of trauma, this [sixth] episode is without equal among the six that were provided to press ahead of The Haunting of Hill House's premiere, and it leaves you with a depressing and melancholy impression that there may actually be no escape from whatever it is that’s haunting the Crains.
  3. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Oct 10, 2018
    100
    The Netflix drama’s reverence for the novel’s soul radiates through its interpretation of fear, belief and the true definition of a haunting. But the highest compliment one can pay to any tale of terror is that it feels real enough to stay with you, to keep you up at night and believe in it. ... Via writing, visuals and its cast performances, this new incarnation of “The Haunting of Hill House” is more than merely superb. It could prove to be the defining horror series of this moment.
  4. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Sep 25, 2018
    80
    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. It’s an effective scare-fest that is at its best when the tale does more than jolt the viewer.
  5. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 12, 2018
    80
    For eight and even nine episodes, the series does everything right as both a compelling, fractured-family drama and a dive-under-the-couch-cushions creepshow. Anyone near my office likely heard a few screams (manly screams, mind you) as I obsessively binged my way through it. That 10th episode, however? The less said, the better.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Oct 9, 2018
    80
    The Haunting of Hill House, adapted very loosely by Mike Flanagan from the iconic Shirley Jackson novel, is often scary as hell and possessed of enough character-centric nuance to carry viewers through to the end--even if some of the visceral frights peter out well before the conclusion.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 11, 2018
    50
    His Haunting is a two-hour movie spread over 10 hours. That doesn't mean there's eight hours of padding here, but it often feels that way (I saw the first three hours and the last. Sorry, but even TV critics have only so much patience.)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Oct 14, 2018
    10
    Amazing horror series , highly recommend it .The cast and character developement is second to none.
  2. Oct 14, 2018
    10
    The Haunting of Hill House is the perfect combination of family drama and ghost stories. At first, you may think that it's full of cliches asThe Haunting of Hill House is the perfect combination of family drama and ghost stories. At first, you may think that it's full of cliches as I did, but when you watch more episodes, you notice that it's original as the other horror shows never were. Using of darkness and writing is so brave. I loved it. Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2018
    10
    The bad reviews on this site are complete NONSENSE. This is one of the best horror tv series EVER. Not only horror, but one of the bestThe bad reviews on this site are complete NONSENSE. This is one of the best horror tv series EVER. Not only horror, but one of the best Netflix show ever. Absolutely incredible. OUTSTANDING performances. Wow! They are all top notch and probably one of the best cast of the year. The story and directing are masterpiece. I’ve never seen a horror show with a compelling story like this. It’s not only scary but truly heartbreaking. The scares are not cheap because the drama and the tension are so well made. GO WATCH IT NOW! Expand
  4. Oct 14, 2018
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This review contains only a couple of minor spoilers!

    A fan of black and white horror movies I am well acquainted with Robert Wise's 1963 "The Haunting", which to this day stands out to me as a classic of the haunted house horror genre. Netflix's "The Haunting of Hill House" retains a lot of what makes that movie so great while also branching out on its own and introducing diverse and interesting characters. While there is a definite difference of rating (the movie had a G rating while the show has a MA rating) and the show opted to go into the realm of color tv (who can blame them at this point) I consider both to be entertaining and chilling in what makes classic horror effective (terror, atmosphere, and good ol' jump scares). There's even familiar nods to the movie- the iconic spiral staircase, a scene where two people are scared out of there minds by the walls seemingly coming alive and starting to shake, etc. (I am sure there are more I missed). Where the Netflix series really stands out to me is by tying all of the horror elements to PTSD, making you question whether these horrors are really just confined to the house, the people who lived in it, or both. The characters are somehow trying to live out their lives to the fullest and keep their sanity after the history and tragic memories of living in a haunted house. Each character believes different things about what happened there, and each is damaged in their own way. It feels somewhat reminiscent to TV shows like LOST in a way. What I didn't care for is the way the show goes out of its way to try to earn its MA rating, introducing scenes, swearing, and innuendos that I think are unnecessary (but thankfully rare). Perhaps what parents may be more concerned with in determining if this should be viewed as a family (or whether anyone should view it) is the psychological weight that trauma of past events can have on people. PTSD is very real and can be a constant challenge to overcome for many people; this show goes pretty deep into this reality and for some it could possibly hit a little too close to home.
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  5. Oct 13, 2018
    7
    A pleasant surprise from Netflix. It's quite entertaining despite its rhythm problems especially because the narrative has some holes but itA pleasant surprise from Netflix. It's quite entertaining despite its rhythm problems especially because the narrative has some holes but it was solid.

    This series falls more in the suspense than in horror and evidently if you are one of those who thinks that horror means gallons of blood and deaths every 20 minutes, forget it.

    It's 10 hours of good entertainment and although it could have been better and they could have cut it certain plot lines, I can say that I'm satisfied enough.
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  6. Oct 14, 2018
    4
    As a haunted house television series, this is low on scares and edge of the seat suspense. The original Robert Wise blaxk and white filmAs a haunted house television series, this is low on scares and edge of the seat suspense. The original Robert Wise blaxk and white film remains the best haunted house film in the entire genre--it's equal parts psychological and genuinely suspenseful horror drama that succeeds because of the brilliant use of camera angles and sound effects/soundtrack without ever revealing an apparition. In the original movie,, Hill House was alive and definitely felt like a malevolent presence. The creepy backstory of the Crane family at the beginning of the movie set a very eerie and foreboding tone for the rest of the film. This Netflix interpretation falls far short of the film and just doesn't engage the viewer or provide enough genuine chills, original or derivative ones, to make this a good television series Expand
  7. Oct 14, 2018
    1
    Badly scripted, predictable. Really awful cheap sets. Can't understand the good feedback on this.

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