The Haunting of Hill House: Miniseries Reviews

March 11, 2021
Most of the best moments from the book make it into the series.
March 2, 2019
I really thought it was different, and mature. Henry Thomas, great to see him in this show, what a great actor.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 21, 2018
The result is deeply creepy but unexpectedly moving, especially in the series' gorgeously paced midsection.
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.
November 1, 2018
This is an original and fascinating look at family drama, one that refuses neat and tidy endings and begs us to consider what we ultimately do with a home we can never truly leave.
October 26, 2018
What is perhaps most beautiful about The Haunting of Hill House is the way it both subverts the haunted house genre and then wholly genuflects to its cliches.
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.
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 16, 2018
The horror is expertly paced - there's a slow ominous creep, then a sharp shock and that same adrenalin rush of relief that kicks in after going on a roller coaster.
October 16, 2018
Some stories work better as discrete two-hour movies, but the sad tale of the Crain family of Massachusetts benefits from a long, novelistic gaze.
October 15, 2018
Much of the credit for the show's acute level of creepiness goes to the cast, with charismatic child actors matched perfectly to their adult incarnations, of which Brit Oliver Jackson-Cohen is the standout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 13, 2018
I found it perplexing and eventually irritating.
October 12, 2018
What's remarkable is that Flanagan, thanks largely to stellar performances from the ensemble, manages to make all this sibling drama feel suspenseful rather than wearying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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