The Haunting of Hill House

2018

Cast MICHIEL HUISMAN, CARLA GUGINO, HENRY THOMAS, ELIZABETH REASER, OLIVER JACKSON-COHEN, KATE SIEGEL, VICTORIA PEDRETTI, TIMOTHY HUTTON

Creator MIKE FLANAGAN

Inspired by the classic Shirley Jackson novel, Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House, a 10-episode limited series for Netflix, takes the titular evil house and themes from the novel and makes of them something entirely its own. While the original Jackson novel concerns a team of researchers visiting Hill House to find proof of supernatural activity, the TV series tells the story of the Crain family, as Hugh Crain (played by E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’s Henry Thomas, and Timothy Hutton), his wife (Carla Guigino), and their five children move into the allegedly haunted Hill House to restore and “flip” (resell) the stately manor. What begins as a summer’s stay at the residence winds up altering the lives and even the afterlives of the Crains.

Flanagan, his co-writers, and a stellar ensemble cast bring a depth of character, emotion and audience engagement to the proceedings, recreating the granddaddy of all ghost and haunted house stories as a terrifying, but also very personal family saga about the ghosts that haunt us all.

Episodes

1. Steven Sees a Ghost
hile investigating a ghost story for his latest novel, a skeptical Steven receives a call from his sister that triggers a chain of fateful events.

2. Open Casket
A devastating family tragedy stirs memories of traumatic losses, reminding Shirley of her first brush with death—and awakening long-dormant fears.

3. Touch
Keenly perceptive Theo sees shades of herself in a trouble young patient, a girl who's haunted by the menacing "Mr. Smiley."

4. The Twin Thing
Still wresting with addiction—and an unshakable fright—a frantic Luke tries to save a friend while sensing his twin sister in danger.

5. The Bent-Neck Lady
A dark specter with an unsettling silhouette has haunted Neil since she was a girl. Now, 'THe Bent-Neck Lady" is back—and she's calling Nell home.

6. Two Storms
It's a reunion for all the wrong reasons when Hugh flies in for the funeral, coming face to face with his estranged children on a dark, stormy night.

7. Eulogy
connection to the house—and exposes a secret in the walls.

8. Witness Marks
A familiar terror revisits Shirley and Theo on Halloween night as Hugh and Steve go looking for Luke, who disappeared on a deadly errand.

9. Screaming Meemies
While struggling to discern dreams from reality, Olivia fears for her children's safety, a motherly instinct Mrs. Dudley urges her to embrace.

10. Silence Lay Steadily
The Red Room's contents are finally revealed as the Crains return to the house to confront old ghosts, unspeakable secrets and an insatiable evil.