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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 12, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 278 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: 46 out of 77
  2. Negative: 19 out of 77
  1. Nov 6, 2018
    10
    I am not typically a horror show person but I wanted to watch something different so I started watching The Haunting of Hill House. WOW!I am not typically a horror show person but I wanted to watch something different so I started watching The Haunting of Hill House. WOW! What an absolutely great show! We finished all of season 1 in a week. Outstanding cast and great story. At times, I was terrified, sad, and happy all at once. We can't wait for season 2!
  2. Oct 22, 2018
    10
    This is far more than just a Horror show. I has no idea what I was in for when I started it. I just turned it on because I saw Daario Naharis.This is far more than just a Horror show. I has no idea what I was in for when I started it. I just turned it on because I saw Daario Naharis.
    I don't ever watch Horrors alone, but by the time I realized this was kinda scary it was too late.

    The acting all around was fantastic, especially the children, and the story is so much more than just your average Horror. Yes, it is scary sometimes, but maybe it's best you start this how I did. Not knowing it's categorized as a Horror.

    I finished the show in about 24 hours and recommended it to everyone i know. Then I watched it again with my boyfriend who was viewing it for the first time, and I noticed things I did not catch on my first viewing. People I didn't see, connections I didn't make. Things that I thought were pointless turned out to be so important.

    This is 100% the best show I have ever seen on Netflix.
    I highly recommend this to everyone.
  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!
  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?
  5. Nov 6, 2018
    6
    I'm extremely torn about this show. For the most part, it's expertly done drama and horror. The sixth episode in particular is a master classI'm extremely torn about this show. For the most part, it's expertly done drama and horror. The sixth episode in particular is a master class in acting, design, and direction. That said, the 10th and final episode is completely inconsistent with the tone of the rest of the show. A spoiler free analogy: imagine you're watching a basketball game. It's a great game, with high level athletes competing at the highest level. Suddenly, for the last 8 minutes of the game, the athletes turn to the sideline cameras and begin performing a Shakespearean play, and that's how the basketball game ends. Perhaps the play is performed fairly well (maybe the athletes are great actors!). Yet it's a completely unsatisfying ending to a *basketball game* which is what you were watching for the first 40 minutes. While I still believe the show is worth watching and would recommend it, I was extremely disappointed by the whole of the finale.
  6. Oct 29, 2018
    4
    A melodramatic psychodrama with some ghosts. Started out well, a good cast and good production values, unfortunately the story is lifeless andA melodramatic psychodrama with some ghosts. Started out well, a good cast and good production values, unfortunately the story is lifeless and obvious. The plotlines feel recycled from old Law & Order and Sex in the City episodes. I made to episode 3, I don't think I'll go further.
  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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