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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 12, 2018
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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: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  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: Dan Fienberg
    Oct 9, 2018
    80
    The Haunting of Hill House, adapted very loosely by Mike Flanagan from the iconic Shirley Jackson novel, is often scary as hell and possessed of enough character-centric nuance to carry viewers through to the end--even if some of the visceral frights peter out well before the conclusion.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Oct 12, 2018
    75
    Its real potential lies in breaking the mold more than reapplying it. It’s the people who haunt viewers more than the ghosts, and emphasizing the stories of the living is what makes Netflix’s horror show come alive.
  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: 23 out of 40
  2. Negative: 14 out of 40
  1. 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
  2. Oct 15, 2018
    10
    Wow this series managed to deliver a great story, the ending was different from what I imagined, I was certainly positively surprised atWow this series managed to deliver a great story, the ending was different from what I imagined, I was certainly positively surprised at everything. If there is a second season, I would like you not to lose focus because this is sensational Expand
  3. Oct 21, 2018
    9
    The entire series is an almost perfect horror except for the last episode which makes you feel something has gone wrong or you've been robbed.
  4. Oct 13, 2018
    7
    A pleasant surprise from Netflix. It's quite entertaining despite its rhythm problems especially because the narrative has some holes but itA pleasant surprise from Netflix. It's quite entertaining despite its rhythm problems especially because the narrative has some holes but it was solid.

    This series falls more in the suspense than in horror and evidently if you are one of those who thinks that horror means gallons of blood and deaths every 20 minutes, forget it.

    It's 10 hours of good entertainment and although it could have been better and they could have cut it certain plot lines, I can say that I'm satisfied enough.
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  5. Oct 14, 2018
    4
    As a haunted house television series, this is low on scares and edge of the seat suspense. The original Robert Wise blaxk and white filmAs a haunted house television series, this is low on scares and edge of the seat suspense. The original Robert Wise blaxk and white film remains the best haunted house film in the entire genre--it's equal parts psychological and genuinely suspenseful horror drama that succeeds because of the brilliant use of camera angles and sound effects/soundtrack without ever revealing an apparition. In the original movie,, Hill House was alive and definitely felt like a malevolent presence. The creepy backstory of the Crane family at the beginning of the movie set a very eerie and foreboding tone for the rest of the film. This Netflix interpretation falls far short of the film and just doesn't engage the viewer or provide enough genuine chills, original or derivative ones, to make this a good television series Expand
  6. Oct 16, 2018
    2
    An intriguing scary premise turns into a mush of sentimental pretentiousness in the style of This Is Us by the end. The finale is possibly oneAn intriguing scary premise turns into a mush of sentimental pretentiousness in the style of This Is Us by the end. The finale is possibly one of the biggest letdowns to a show I've ever waded through and a massive waste of time. Expand
  7. Oct 21, 2018
    0
    This thing was awful very little scary or spooky stuff. Every time you turn around somebody was playing with a stinking phone, phones hereThis thing was awful very little scary or spooky stuff. Every time you turn around somebody was playing with a stinking phone, phones here phones there phones everywhere. I also did not appreciate the way they insisted on way too frequent lesbian hookup scenes. Sickening. Expand

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