The Haunting of Hill House: Season 1 Reviews

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November 8, 2018
Horror is about dark delight, yes-but it's also about intensity, a quality in extremely short supply in Hill House.
October 12, 2018
I found it perplexing and eventually irritating.
November 16, 2018
The virtuosity in the style is evident. That's why it's a shame that [director and writer Mike] Flanagan neglects elementary aspects like the performances and the script. [Full review in Spanish]
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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 9, 2018
Like everything in Hill House, that terror gets muted, slowed down and picked over so much that it ends up banal and lifeless.
November 2, 2018
Most frustratingly, the adaptation abandons the raw feminine perversity that made Jackson's story so indelible.
October 12, 2018
Things were going so well. Now here I am, out back in the cold of night, burying it.
November 19, 2018
Hill House occasionally veers into melodrama, but at its best, the series is an examination of a family splintered by profound denial.
October 12, 2018
It's not just the family premise that makes this series so brilliant, but the characters as individuals themselves. Flanagan spends entire episodes giving the audience deft yet scathing vignettes of his characters' lives - and as always, it's a winner.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 19, 2018
Fantastic, all around. The scares were there, subtle, and this show freaked me out. So good, and so well acted.
October 18, 2018
A limited series based on Shirley Jackson's influential ghost story, and it's worth the binge.
October 23, 2018
The show wisely does not decide to try and answer all the mysteries it presents to the audience. Sometimes there are no easy answers, in life and in television.
November 1, 2018
What could easily have been turned into a quick series of jump scares has been turned by Mike Flanagan into an all-too-real tale of grief and how to handle it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 23, 2018
A perfectly matched narrative, emotional and technical puzzle. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 17, 2018
If you're in the mood for slow burn horror and strong performances, The Haunting of Hill House is a powerful entry in the televison horror genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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 15, 2018
While the structural issues could definitely use some tweaking, the fact that it's essentially a sprawling family drama punctuated with jump scares and a pervasive creepiness is pretty interesting.
October 15, 2018
Flanagan retains the thematic core of the novel in some effective ways that we've highlighted below.
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 24, 2018
Although the series starts slowly, it eventually develops into a riveting story, revealing a few horrifying secrets along the way and finishing on a surprisingly emotional note.
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