I binge watched the entire season of this show in one sitting. As soon as I started watching it I was instantly hooked and I’m here to give my review on The Haunting of Hill House today as part of my day long Halloween Scare Fest!
I don’t usually get binge watch entire seasons in a single day. I usually spread them out over the course of a few days, but when I started watching The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix I was immediately hooked from the very first episode. At first I thought this was going to be your standard haunted house show. It’s not. It’s really not. The story is told in bits and pieces and from different points of view. The first episode is, mostly, centered around Steven Crane (Michiel Huisman). This is the build up to what will eventually be everyone returning to Hill House. Steven Crane is the eldest of five. The other siblings are Shirley (Elizabeth Reaser), Theodora (Kate Siegel), Luke (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), and Nell (Victoria Pedretti). Every episode focuses on a different person’s perspective and their own personal lives and I really liked that about this show. The Haunting of Hill House is a slow burn. Everything won’t be explained right away and even when it was over I was still left with a ton of questions. I have no doubt that Netflix did this on purpose so we could, hopefully, find out in season 2 more about that evil house and the things that dwell within it.
My favorite episode was The Bent-Neck Lady. That episode was crazy good. None of the episodes are bad, mind you, but that one, to me, was by far the best episode out of the ten that are available. I felt so bad for Nell and all the shit she had to go through, but I knew what it was leading up to and that made it even harder for me to watch. It’s a great episode and when it was over my mind was blown. That was some twisted shit that went down in the last few minutes. Every character in this show has their own personal demons that they’re dealing with. Luke is a drug addict that’s trying his best to stay clean, Theodora has psychic powers that activate whenever she touches anything so she doesn’t like to be touched at all, and Nell suffers from depression. I won’t say why because that’ll be getting into spoilers territory and I always keep my reviews spoiler free.
I left out two very important characters from the five I mentioned above and that’s their parents Hugh (Timothy Hutton) and Olivia (Carla Gugino). It’s no mystery that Olivia is dead in this show. What happened to her, and everyone else, is shown through flashbacks and they happen seamlessly. One moment I could be watching Nell struggle with her predicament and next moment I see the younger version of her dad (Henry Thomas) walk into the exact same room covered in someone else’s blood. The thing I love about this show is that the present is just as interesting as the past. Most shows, or films, that I’ve watched are the opposite. The flashbacks are usually more interesting than the present. It’s rarely on equal footing. I think the kids that played in the flashbacks should be commended for their acting chops. Everyone did an excellent job and they held their own in intense moments.
As every episode came to a close I would wonder to myself when everyone would eventually go back to their old home. No one really gets along and everyone pretty much hates their dad because he didn’t raise them through their teenage years and he’s secretive about what really happened to their mother. That mystery doesn’t get solved until way later in the season. It was a steady, slow build up to a good, not great, finish to season 1. When it ended I had to reflect on how I was going to write my thoughts down and review this thing. I don’t write reviews for TV shows often, but I really wanted to review this show because I loved it from beginning to end. I have so many questions about that house, the red room, and if everything was real or not. This show throws mental illness around a lot and makes you wonder if this entire family is crazy or if they’re really experiencing this phenomena.
The Haunting of Hill House is excellent. It left me with more questions than answers and I really want to know more about that house. Who built it? Why are there so many dead people in it? This show kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time and it's actually creepy. It doesn't rely on cheap jump scares. It's genuinely creepy and it told a really good story. It's the best show I've watched all year long, I haven't watched that many, and if there's a season 2 I'll gladly binge watch that too.