Horror auteur Mike Flanagan has brought us the unique terrors of Oculus, Hush, Gerald’s Game, plus turned a should-be terrible prequel/toy commercial into the harrowingly terrifying Ouija: Origin of Evil. Now, he’s helming a frightful 10-episode series for Netflix with The Haunting of Hill House.
Here’s the plot synopsis, courtesy of Netflix:
A modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s iconic novel, The Haunting of Hill House explores a group of siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country. Now adults, and forced back together in the face of tragedy, the family must finally confront the ghosts of their past — some of which still lurk in their minds while others may actually be stalking the shadows of Hill House.
The title might sound familiar, as Jackson’s book has been twice adapted into frightening films. The first was 1963’s The Haunting, which starred Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, and Russ Tamblyn.
Then there was the 1999 remake, which starred Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Owen Wilson. (Not to be confused with The House On Haunted Hill movies, which began as a Vincent Price vehicle and also got a star-studded 1999 makeover.)
Like True Detective, Big Little Lies, and Sharp Objects, The Haunting of Hill House’s premiere season will all be helmed by one director, in this case Flanagan, who will also executive produce. And like those buzzed about shows, he’s pulled together one hell of a cast. He’s reteaming with Gerald’s Game’s Carla Gugino, and joining her are Michiel Huisman, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti. Some of whom you can spot in these first look stills.
The Haunting of Hill House will officially open its doors Friday, October 12, launching globally on Netflix.
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