Shirley Jackson’s much-loved 1959 gothic horror novel The Haunting of Hill House gets a new look adaptation courtesy of Netflix. The series debuts worldwide on October 12.
Previously adapted twice for film – both under the the title of The Haunting (the critically acclaimed 1963 version from director Robert Wise and the less well-received 1999 effort from director Jan de Bont) – The Haunting of Hill House gets a new look for the video-on-demand generation as Netflix debuts a new 10-episode series on October 12.
Created by Mike Flanagan, known for horror films Absentia, Oculus, Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and Gerald’s Game (adapted from the Stephen King book), the new version of The Haunting of Hill House is dubbed a modern reimagining of Jackson’s iconic novel, exploring the lives of the adult siblings who grew up living in the house that would become infamous for its paranormal activity.
Brought back together as a group following a tragedy, the siblings begin to face the ghosts of their past for the first time in what becomes a complex family drama wrapped in a chilling horror story. It’s interesting – and welcome – that Flanagan chooses to take the plot in a new direction, clearly positioning the set-up somewhat away from Jackson’s original prose. Her “paranormal activity” may be considered rather tame by today’s standards, the story’s unsettling nature coming more from a foreboding atmosphere than actual occurrences of supernatural malevolence.
As a taster of things to come, Netflix has released a selection of images from the series which you can see below.
Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Henry Thomas star alongside Kate Siegel, Victoria Pedretti, Lulu Wilson and McKenna Grace.
The Haunting of Hill House debuts on Netflix worldwide on October 12.