The Haunting of Hill House
A CLASSIC HORROR STORY IS REVAMPED in a spine-tingling new series
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 HOUSE THAT SCREAMED
‘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.
WHERE EVIL DWELLS
‘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.’
HENRY THOMAS (RIGHT) AS HUGH OLIVER JACKSON-COHEN AS TRAUMATISED LUKE