I wouldn’t call myself a sucker for the genre ‘horror’, nor am I usually inclined to get started on a series if its anything but a thriller. The trailer was interesting yet it was not that enticing. This is why The Haunting of Hill House (A Netflix Original) haunted and thrilled me in so many levels. Every aspect of the series, from the writing, cast, background music, cinematography, sets and story are off the charts and is oozing with class. Without doubt the series turned out to be one of the best Horror series I ever saw.
From the moment the series kicked off, Mike Flanagan lets us dissect and judge the lives of 7 individuals through an elaborate mixture of moments from the past and present, all leading to the Hill House. The series keeps alternating between the two timelines surrounding the ‘Crain’ Family. One where the five siblings and their parents are new to the Hill House and the second where the siblings are all grown up and are now brought back together by a tragedy that struck their family. Everything eventually points to the Hill House, as one might have already guessed. It would be near impossible to go into each character without parting away with some of the spoilers.
It’s not all breakneck pace at the beginning, with the makers taking their own sweet time in introducing the characters in detail and depth. This, in reality, plays quite well as we move deeper into the series as every character is so well formed and has their own story to tell. Once I was done with the first 30 minutes it was clear to me that this was going to be a binge watch for me and that is precisely what happened afterwards.
I do not want to mince words by going on and on about how amazing the show was. It’s a classic in the horror genre and I feel everybody should have a go at this one irrespective of being a fan of the genre or not and yeah, Netflix FTW !!!