The Haunt­ing of Hill House

A CLAS­SIC HOR­ROR STORY IS RE­VAMPED in a spine-tin­gling new se­ries

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Henry Thomas stars in this spooky tale of a fam­ily who are torn apart af­ter grow­ing up in a haunted house. Game

of Thrones’ Michiel Huis­man and Carla Gug­ino co-star.

The Haunt­ing of Hill House Genre: Su­per­nat­u­ral hor­ror Avail­able: Fri­day 12 Oc­to­ber Sea­son: 1 Episodes: 10 Runs: 50min

PRE­PARE FOR SOME chill­ing sus­pense as a su­per­nat­u­ral hor­ror se­ries based on Stephen King’s favourite ghost story comes to Net­flix.

Shirley Jack­son’s scary novel has been adapted for the big screen twice since it was pub­lished in 1959, yet this 10-part drama reimag­ines the ter­ror tale with more scale and am­bi­tion than ever be­fore.

With a cast in­clud­ing Game of

Thrones favourite Michiel Huis­man and Henry Thomas, who rose to fame as the child star of movie E.T., the se­ries tells the story of a fam­ily that is torn apart af­ter liv­ing in Amer­ica’s most haunted house.


‘The orig­i­nal story fol­lowed sev­eral peo­ple who move to a house where all kinds of messed up stuff hap­pens and they make it out alive,’ ex­plains Oliver Jack­son-co­hen, who plays the fam­ily’s youngest sib­ling, Luke.

‘But this show takes that idea and asks what would hap­pen to peo­ple who’ve been through such trauma? How would it af­fect their lives?’

The first episode be­gins sev­eral years ago when Hugh Crain (Henry Thomas) is forced to flee Hill House with his chil­dren, af­ter his wife Olivia (Carla Gug­ino) goes miss­ing in ter­ri­fy­ing cir­cum­stances.

Hugh never tells his five chil­dren what he saw that night and as the ac­tion re­turns to the present day, we find the sib­lings all grown up and try­ing to get on with their lives. Yet they are all still haunted by their past and when a dev­as­tat­ing event brings their ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ences rush­ing back, they know they must face their demons once again.


‘The con­cept of the show is mind-blow­ing,’ says Jack­son-co­hen. ‘The first five episodes tell the story from each sib­ling’s point of view. Then the sixth episode brings it all to­gether. Luke and his twin sis­ter Nell are the youngest of the sib­lings, so what hap­pened in the house af­fected them the most. Through­out his life Luke has strug­gled to get over his child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences, and the trauma has left him frozen in time.’

The ac­tion flits from the past to the present day through­out the se­ries and in­cludes some spine-tin­gling mo­ments, yet the 31-year-old says the sixth episode is def­i­nitely one to look out for.

‘We did the whole episode in one take,’ he re­veals.‘the cast and crew were re­hears­ing for about two and a half weeks and it took us a cou­ple of at­tempts to get it right. By the end we were ab­so­lutely ex­hausted. The pres­sure was im­mense, be­cause you don’t want to be the one to mess it up. It cre­ated this strange en­ergy on set, which was fit­ting be­cause that episode is a real turn­ing point. I don’t think I’ll ex­pe­ri­ence any­thing like that again.’


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