The Haunting of Hill House


Sierra Wilson, Editor

The first episode of The Haunting of Hill House, based on the novel written in 1959, aired October 12th. Upon its release, there was a social media hype describing it as “terrifying” and bone-chilling. There was even talk of people wanting to throw up or pass out; whether this is true or just fabricated exaggeration from the people of Twitter is yet to be determined.

After so much hype, it would be almost criminal not to watch it.

From the first episode, viewers are thrown for a loop. For some, the way it’s set up is confusing as it flips back and forth between the past and the present. That’s not even mentioning the plot twists that occur.

The show opens up with the son reading the first paragraph from The Haunting of Hill House novel. It’s a somewhat slow beginning, but viewers are kept on the edge of their seats waiting for the next scare.

Though, describing The Haunting of Hill House as terrifying is a bit of a stretch. Granted, there are jump scares and parts that make your heart skip a beat, but it’s more skin-crawling than it is scary. It’s creepy in a way that makes you feel like you need to shower, but not scary in a way that you might wet yourself.

Personally speaking, the show seems to focus more on the dysfunctional family and their issues rather than the concept of horror. There are twists and turns that make you say, “What the heck?” and scares that might elicit a scream, but scary is exaggerating it.

Instead, it hones in on the Crains and their troubled past. It discusses how each child turned out and how they’ve managed to cope. Each character is incredibly different and this becomes increasingly more apparent than anything else.

Going solely based off the first episode of The Haunting of Hill House, it is an entertaining show and definitely worth watching. However, if you’re looking for a horror show worthy of blood curdling screams, you won’t find it here. You will, however, find a good plot line that will keep you on the edge of your seat.