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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 12, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 328 Ratings

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  • Summary: Mike Flanagan's re-imagining of Shirley Jackson's novel focuses on the grown-up siblings who lived in Hill House including writer Steve Crane (Michiel Huisman) and his two sisters (Elizabeth Reaser and Kate Siegel) as they return to face their past.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Oct 11, 2018
    100
    The Haunting of Hill House contains some of the most unforgettable horror imagery in film or television in years. The best horror film of the year also happens to be one of the best TV shows of 2018. Don’t miss it.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Sep 25, 2018
    100
    Flanagan so profoundly conveys the ferocity with which the past haunts this family, ensnaring them in webs of grief, that it feels as if we, too, are being pushed into an oblivion, so that we no longer have to share these characters’ living nightmares. For its blistering gathering of trauma, this [sixth] episode is without equal among the six that were provided to press ahead of The Haunting of Hill House's premiere, and it leaves you with a depressing and melancholy impression that there may actually be no escape from whatever it is that’s haunting the Crains.
  3. Reviewed by: Katie Rife
    Oct 10, 2018
    83
    The real marvel of The Haunting Of Hill House is in its execution. Plot threads that initially may seem to go nowhere, or seem obvious, actually have welcome, complicated layers that reveal the relatable family dynamics underneath the heightened horror as the series goes on.
  4. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Sep 25, 2018
    80
    A horror series that doesn’t immediately make a case for itself; like the best of the genre, it’s slowly insinuating, building in power as it tells a story of repressed trauma and family discord. It’s an effective scare-fest that is at its best when the tale does more than jolt the viewer.
  5. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Oct 31, 2018
    70
    The showrunner, Mike Flanagan, builds a dreadful atmosphere, which is crucial, because the creeping pace of his ten episodes would be intolerable if not for its ambient suspense. The show may work best as a binge watch, one where you don’t pay steady attention but instead let it haunt your own house.
  6. Reviewed by: Jason Zinoman
    Oct 11, 2018
    70
    Episodes start and end with shocks, and while they are often quite effective, the scares don’t escalate. Flanagan has made an intelligent, engaging supernatural story in which the tension doesn’t mount so much as stop and start, and occasionally sputter.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 11, 2018
    50
    His Haunting is a two-hour movie spread over 10 hours. That doesn't mean there's eight hours of padding here, but it often feels that way (I saw the first three hours and the last. Sorry, but even TV critics have only so much patience.)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 84
  2. Negative: 20 out of 84
  1. Nov 4, 2018
    10
    Netflix's "The Haunting Of Hill House" may be one of the best TV shows of the year. I watched expecting a haunting house story and instead gotNetflix's "The Haunting Of Hill House" may be one of the best TV shows of the year. I watched expecting a haunting house story and instead got an excellent family drama. The child and adult actors, the lighting and cinematography, and the tear jerker of a story line. The flashbacks are also highly effective. My only criticism is that the show is dialogue heavy at times. Given everything else "Hill House" does right, I can live with a few extra sentences. Also, if you're expecting a literal adaptation of Shirley Jackson's book, look elsewhere. Mike Flannagan's story is only roughly based on the novel. Check out the 1963 movie "The Haunting" with Julie Harris and Claire Bloom for something closer. There's also the 1999 remake by the same name but it's a bit of a mess. Expand
  2. Oct 23, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Not usually a horror fan, but this series is extraordinary! Trust me on this guys when I say, you're gonna find this series unexpectedly amazing. Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2018
    10
    The bad reviews on this site are complete NONSENSE. This is one of the best horror tv series EVER. Not only horror, but one of the bestThe bad reviews on this site are complete NONSENSE. This is one of the best horror tv series EVER. Not only horror, but one of the best Netflix show ever. Absolutely incredible. OUTSTANDING performances. Wow! They are all top notch and probably one of the best cast of the year. The story and directing are masterpiece. I’ve never seen a horror show with a compelling story like this. It’s not only scary but truly heartbreaking. The scares are not cheap because the drama and the tension are so well made. GO WATCH IT NOW! Expand
  4. Oct 29, 2018
    8
    I like the show, but it should be about 4 - 5 episodes. Very very slow show. And this is the problem with many Netflix shows. Do they have aI like the show, but it should be about 4 - 5 episodes. Very very slow show. And this is the problem with many Netflix shows. Do they have a policy that the show must be 10 episodes so you would not have time to watch them and stay subscribed like MMO games do with quests? Expand
  5. Oct 30, 2018
    6
    Incredible series, full of rebound and horror, very well done. You will be at the edge of your couch throughout ... 9 episodes since the 10th,Incredible series, full of rebound and horror, very well done. You will be at the edge of your couch throughout ... 9 episodes since the 10th, and last, totally ruin the show. Totally disappointing, cheesy, limit insulting for the audience. We are taken by the hand, explains us as if we were stupid. Completely the opposite of the rest of the story. Disappointed! Expand
  6. Nov 13, 2018
    4
    I feel I was cheated, you are supposed to put up with the drama, so you can see the horror unravel. In fact the drama takes center stage, andI feel I was cheated, you are supposed to put up with the drama, so you can see the horror unravel. In fact the drama takes center stage, and the story drifts about on any direction but the horror. I didn't like the ending and I feel it drags heavily after the first three episodes. The cast is great though, excellent performances. Expand
  7. Oct 17, 2018
    0
    Very boring. Had to fast forward thru most of the monologue. Probably won't finish it. So silly.

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