The Haunting Of Hill House Netflix
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.