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The Haunting of Hill House: Season 1 Reviews

November 21, 2018
Trauma builds walls around us, but The Haunting of Hill House shines a light on the exit.
November 2, 2018
Most frustratingly, the adaptation abandons the raw feminine perversity that made Jackson's story so indelible.
November 1, 2018
The Haunting of Hill House is a new high watermark for episodic horror, not just standing up to past adaptations... but demonstrating that a show can be both dramatically complex and relentlessly scary.
October 24, 2018
As a tale of what happens when the ties that bind are the same ones that gag you, and scar you, and occasionally strangle you to death, it's absolutely terrifying.
October 24, 2018
Over 10 episodes, it's stylish, moving, and sinister, riddled with ghosts both literal and metaphorical.
Top Critic
October 22, 2018
It isn't the words that stick with you... It's the sight of the Bent-Neck Lady...
October 18, 2018
What I'm most curious to discover is how Flanagan, who also wrote the show, plans to update the themes of the original to mirror contemporary American anxieties.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2018
Between effective jump-scares, a cast led by the great TV actors Michiel Huisman and Elizabeth Reaser breathes life into an allegory for collective mourning.
October 12, 2018
The best haunted-house stories aren't scary because they're filled with a long lineup of ghosties and ghoulies. They're scary because they want something from the haunted.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 12, 2018
Its real potential lies in breaking the mold more than reapplying it. It's the people who haunt viewers more than the ghosts, and emphasizing the stories of the living is what makes Netflix's horror show come alive.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 12, 2018
For much of its titanic length, The Haunting of Hill House, which premieres Friday on Netflix, does interesting things with character and atmosphere and maintains an air of melancholic suspense.
October 12, 2018
Things were going so well. Now here I am, out back in the cold of night, burying it.
October 12, 2018
Flanagan has made an intelligent, engaging supernatural story in which the tension doesn't mount so much as stop and start, and occasionally sputter.
October 11, 2018
The real marvel of The Haunting Of Hill House is in its execution. Plot threads that initially may seem to go nowhere, or seem obvious, actually have welcome, complicated layers that reveal the relatable family dynamics...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 11, 2018
[It] unfolds at too plodding a pace... But once the series establishes its storytelling approach, it hooks you in, compelling you to keep watching until certain mysteries are resolved.
Top Critic
October 11, 2018
This Haunting is so far from the original source material that it's more of a demolition than adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 11, 2018
The Haunting of Hill House contains some of the most unforgettable horror imagery in film or television in years.
October 9, 2018
The Haunting of Hill House is often scary as hell and possessed of enough character-centric nuance to carry viewers through to the end - even if some of the visceral frights peter out well before the conclusion.
October 8, 2018
What makes this rendition of Jackson's story so fascinating is the role femininity and domesticity plays in possessing the lives of a couple and shattering their family so completely that only a tragedy can bring them together as adults.
September 25, 2018
Slowly insinuating, building in power as it tells a story of repressed trauma and family discord. It's an effective scare-fest that is at its best when the tale does more than jolt the viewer.