Hello, Weirdos. This week I’d like to talk about a new show on Netflix called The Haunting of Hill House. Before I dive into that I want to mention that episodes 3, 4 and 5 of Porcelain Peak are now available. Please check those out on Apple Podcasts and rate, review, & subscribe so you never miss an episode. On the latest episode, we continue our 31 days of horror countdown, and share some Halloween traditions.
Let’s discuss Hill House. This was highly anticipated for me. The trailer and early reviews had me hyped. It was on my Netflix “list” weeks ago. I watched it immediately the day it came out (October 12). The first episode did not disappoint, so I kept watching—for a few more episodes. I could not put it down. So far that’s all I’ve been able to watch. But I still wanted to talk about those few.
Episode 1 is a hunting set up full of atmosphere and tension. Sucks you in be giving only pieces of the events that unfolded one fateful evening. Out the gate this episode induced a sense of dread and forebodingness. Classic haunted house set up. We follow a now older Steven throughly the episode and receive pieces of the events of Hill House through flashback. As the episode progresses we meet the family both as adults and youths. Nell, both young and old, pulls us in as our main focus for being haunted inside and out. The episode concludes with a gut punch.
After that the episodes slow down. Each one takes time to examine the other siblings. In episode 2 we learn about Shirley and her fascination with fixing and solving and death. We learn about Luke’s drug addiction, and Theo’s need for gloves. These episodes show that it isn’t simply the house that is haunted, but so are the people who used to live there. The Cain family are all haunted by something internal. Their ailments have manifested from childhood. Throughout out each of these episodes we are give flashbacks of their time in Hill House to show how the adults were shaped by their spirited upbringings. Episode 5 introduces a new element to the show which was unexpected, but worked.
One episode that particularly stuck out to me was episode 6. This again consists of past and present segments, but this one is sewn together to appear as one long shot. Without the cuts the tension and emotion builds. The entire show is filled with emotion, but episode 6 hammers it in and nearly had me in tears. I don’t want to spoil anything, but as far as 60% of the season goes I highly recommend it. I’ll share my final thoughts once I finish the season. Let me know what you think below.