The Haunt­ing Of Hill House Net­flix

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Awarn­ing to cu­ri­ous Shirley Jack­son fans who might sup­pose a se­ries bear­ing the same ti­tle as her 1959 mas­ter­piece of creep­ing hor­ror, and, in­deed, pur­port­ing to be based on it, would have much of any­thing to do with the book. Rather, for this 10-part se­ries, writer-direc­tor Mike Flana­gan uses the bones of Jack­son’s great novel as stock for his own emo­tional soup, a story about the sib­lings of a fam­ily (loosely based on the char­ac­ter types Jack­son cre­ated) who ex­pe­ri­enced var­i­ous mod­ern hor­ror cliches while liv­ing in spooky old Hill House as kids, and now float around as adults con­sumed by angsty on­go­ing trauma over the me­mory. There are a few de­cent scares and some tan­ta­lis­ing in­trigue along­side hor­rific lev­els of sel­f­re­gard. I pre­fer Jack­son’s story and ap­proach, but Hill House it­self (the set) looks pretty good.

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