The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House

Truly a stunning piece of work. I've always liked Mike Flanagan (there's some Oculus rings here in relation to sibling trauma) but I think he made himself home in the extended format. The Haunting of Hill House is a vast array of grief, love, horror and all consuming pain. The structure is brilliantly weird, and it borrows from the likes of A Ghost Story for its afterlife theories.

It might lack a full circle, conclusive touch, but I imagine rewatching will be so rewarding. The POV episodic style is something the show commits to fully, in all its benefits and drawbacks. I can't quite explain it, but it's like the show doesn't even mind its (extremely rare) shortcomings, because it cares so much about the Crain family. And they are what really make everything as deeply touching as it is. With amazing performances across the board, their distinct differences and occasional similarities are fascinating - and their torment hard to watch but just as hard to turn away from. Certain episodes are such hard hitters that they almost drown others out. One reason I want to rewatch is that even with just 10 episodes I feel like I've forgotten so much.

I took my time watching this for a few different reasons. One is that it's an intense show. The atmosphere is incredible and I think the show is frightening in every single episode, but the emotional side of things is even more impending. I felt so much. I'm really interested to see if binge watching this will produce better results. Doesn't matter I suppose, cause Hill House is a fantastic piece of television. In fact, one of the best series I've ever watched.

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