The Haunting of Hill House is a Netflix horror TV series created and directed by Mike Flanagan. The show follows the Crain family, who experiences paranormal activities at the Hill House that continue to haunt them in the present day.
The plot jumps back and forth between the past and the present; each episode dives deeper into different characters and tells the story from each of their perspectives. The narratives are intertwined into a web of mysteries that spreads across 10 episodes, and the show contains some of the best horror plot twists and cinematography of the past few years.
Episodes 5 and 6 are being hailed as the two standouts of the first season; episode 5 has the biggest plot twist, and episode 6 contains many one-take scenes that last 17 minutes long. The show has been praised by many critics, including the king of horror himself Stephen King, as well as director Quentin Tarantino.
Even though it is a horror story, Flanagan takes his time and establishes the family dynamic with care and nuance. We understand each characters’ trauma, pain, and motivation. Flanagan didn’t use the ghosts in the show as gimmicks, which is something we’ve seen in many commercialized horror movies.
Instead, the ghosts that follow the Crain family are something that is deeply connected to their past; it is something that they have to face and conquer, which makes the story even more personal and thrilling to watch than a movie about people battling an ancient demon.
The Haunting of Hill House is truly an ambitious horror masterpiece with its masterful storytelling, boundary-pushing directing work, and the blending of emotional family drama with chilling ghost stories.