I'm not often compelled to write reviews, but this show deserves it. The Haunting of Hill House is billed as a horror and it certainly has elements of Horror in it, but at its heart it's a story about coping with trauma. I needed to take breaks from watching the show, not because I was scared, but because the raw emotions were too much to take in large doses. This is the story of a family ripped to shreds and shoved back together only to find that their pieces no longer fit. Their jagged, broken edges causing each other undue pain and agony as they asses who they've become in light of what they have (or have not) seen. I ached for this family to find closure in a way I never would have anticipated. Even if you do spot the twists coming, it's worth the ride to watch this family fumble through the dark in search of resolution. I'd go so far even to say that seeing the twists coming makes them all the more painful.
Don't be deterred by the marketing; even the faint of heart can enjoy this, provided you have enough kleenex.
Love this show, I'm at episode five and hooked. Watching one or two eps per night. I haven't seen horror this good in years, it's exceptionally good psychological horror, spooky horror and really scary horror all rolled into one, combined with heart, through family relationships we can all relate to, plus lots of popcorn jumps. Shirley Jackson's novel was one I read as a kid, so to watch it done so well = wow!
As an avid horror watcher, this is watered down, contrived and overrated. I've watched 4 episodes and there's just no respect for the viewer. Have you learned absolutely anything? No. Is it scary at all? No. The scariest part of this show was a CGI sickly kitten. The little "hints" or "connections," if you'd like to call them that, that are supposed to keep you watching are kinda dumb, like an obvious juxtaposition with poor writing of Theo in her childhood saying "don't touch me" and then adult Theo saying "touch me." Could they have written that any more in my face? We still would've gotten the message without that awkward line at the end. Give your audience a little credit, Netflix. This isn't horror; this is a slow drama with an occasional and obnoxious jump scare. I'm not wasting 9 hours on this to get to the 10th hour when they finally decide to explain something to me.
The only redeeming parts of this show are the acting and the backstories, but there are plenty of other shows that give me this and more.
Wow, this show is incredible. It is scary and you're ripped from one storyline to the next, until it is all more or less revealed to you by the end, until when you're sitting at the edge of your seat conspiring for what could have happened. Cannot recommend enough, even if you get scared easily- watch it during the day or with friends :)
I had a really slow start into the series. But midseason (ep. 5 or 6) there was a moment which did the trick for me. I was kind of hooked.
Getting this far was due to a recommendation of a friend.
Therefore if you gat a similar problem with the first few episodes, let me tell you that it might be worth it to stay tuned.
The first season as a whole is good and sound.
The Haunting of Hill House caught me by surprise. I'd heard that it was a creepy and enjoyable show, but I did not expect it to be as grounded as I found it to be. Essentially the show is focused on family and the relationships between different members and how different people deal with grief and trauma. Ended up not being as frightening as I expected, but the character development and the way in which the story unfolded was captivating. Would definitely recommend, even if you're not big into horror there is a lot to be enjoyed.
I don't generally enjoy the horror genre as a whole, but there really seemed to be something special about this show. Acting was superb, storyline was awesome and eeryness kept me coming back for more. Loved it!