REVIEW: Netflix original ‘Haunting of Hill House’ not that scary

“The Haunting of Hill House” has been on Netflix since October, and I’m honestly mad I waited this long to watch it.

Warning: There are some spoilers ahead.

Mike Flanagan adapted the show from the novel by Shirley Jackson. It centers around the Crain family— Hugh, Olivia, Steve, Shirley, Theo, Luke and Nell—and their lives after living in the Hill House for a summer. It flashes back and forth to when they were in the house and where they are now, in the present.

The thing I liked about this show is they told the story in pieces. After each episode you had to piece every scene together yourself to figure out what was going on. It made the show way more interesting and made you want to keep watching to see what they would show next.

However, this also made the show kind of confusing because they kept bouncing back and forth between different time periods. Even in the scenes in the present time, they would bounce around to different days. You really have to pay close attention while watching this show or you could miss a lot.

Something else I really liked about it was when they showed the kids as adults, they would show small things some of them did that were really weird and you wouldn’t know why at first. They would eventually flash back to them in the house and show the reasons why they did those things.

For example, the middle child, Theo, was wearing gloves when you first saw her as an adult. You didn’t know why she wore gloves, until they showed her as a child when she found out she has visions when she touches things. Her mom gave her gloves so she wouldn’t be so “sensitive” to things like she was. Her mom also had visions, but they were more like dreams.

The acting really brings this show to life. It has a lot of familiar actors in it, including Carla Gugino (who was in “Spy Kids” and “Night at the Museum,”) Elizabeth Reaser, who played Esme in the “Twilight” series and Timothy Hutton who was in “How to get Away with Murder.” Even the children who played the young Crains were amazing.

I think my favorite actors were the ones who played Nell (Nell as an adult is played by Victoria Pedretti and Nell as a child is played by Violet McGraw.) Nell and Luke are twins, but Luke is 90 seconds older than her. I think Nell went through the most as a child and an adult, and the actresses did a great job of portraying her.

This show wasn’t as scary as I thought it was going to be. There were only a few scary moments, but other than that it was just creepy. The thing that makes this show so amazing is the story line. This is also one of those shows where you will be confused until the very last episode

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