I Binge-Watched The Haunting Of Hill House And Here Are Five Reasons You Should Too
You have to know how difficult it is to find a good horror movie or TV show, nowadays?. All the new mainstream ones like Conjuring 3, Annabelle etc are, let’s just be honest, horrible and predictable and you can see the end coming from a mile away. Good horror seems to have died with the classics like The Shining, The Exorcist even Grudge (special shoutout to Grudge 2).
Okay, by now you must have I have an unparalleled love for (good) horror and that I am always on the lookout for a decent story. A while ago, my friend had strongly recommended The Haunting of Hill House and I didn’t take it very seriously since the plot has been done to death. However, that was a huge mistake because when I did start watching the show, I finished all 10 episodes in one single night. Yes, the show is just that awesome.
If you love horror, missing out on The Haunting of Hill House would be a grave mistake. Here are five reasons you should watch it:
It’s Subtle Yet Terrifying
The Haunting of Hill House is the first horror TV show or movie in a very long time that made me clutch onto my blanket as tight as possible. It doesn’t have any gory monsters popping out of nowhere to scare the hell out of everybody. It simply plays on your mind, which is why it is subtle yet terrifying.
Honestly, the beauty of this show lies in the fact that it went way beyond your typical horror story into how it affected its characters through their whole life. It built on our anxiety by building on theirs and carefully teased us with so much suspense. The show feeds the family’s dread, paranoia, and escalating anxiety that is haunting each character in every second of every episode. It makes you believe the house is alive- its walls are listening; its doors are talking and that inaccessible red room that is on top of that spiral staircase really is the heart (and stomach) of the house.
It’s All About Familial Love
Each episode depicts the horrid tragedy that has befallen the Crain family. The perspective of the show bounces from character to character dancing between the past and the present and carefully connecting in the end. The show isn’t hasty, it takes its time to develop all its characters and portrays how each one deals with their guilt, loss, fear and sense of loyalty to the others, differently.
The Crain siblings may not exactly be close, but they are always there to protect each other. It’s that quality that let them leave the house unharmed in the first place and it’s also the reason they return. The chemistry between the siblings is a major part of the intrigue this show holds.
There Are Some Notable Jump Scares
I don’t know if you have noticed but a lot of horror movies have pointless and very predictable jump scares, rendering them essentially useless. Jump scares is what pulls a horror movie or show together and The Haunting of Hill House nails it by putting it in places you will not be able to predict.
I think the best jump scares are in the 5th episode- The bent-neck lady. I am not going to give away any spoilers, so you needn’t worry. The thing is though, you have to be patient with this show just until the fifth episode to actually get a feel of all the complex characters. Only then will you actually be able to enjoy the horror it unleashes.
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The Plot Is A Paradox- It’s Simple Yet Twisted At The Same Time
Okay let’s face it, the concept of a family moving into a haunted home is not new exactly new. The plot itself might not be original but the treatment of the plot is. The timelines are complex and yet, surprisingly easy to follow. The chronological order of the show follows each character around bouncing their perspectives between the past (when they were living in the house for a summer as kids) and the present (them dealing with their fears that have stemmed from the house as adults). Personally, I loved how they showed us a few of the same scenes but from different perspectives to help propel the story forward.
The plot itself is very straightforward but it has some sharp turns and twists, ones that you will not be able to foresee. I know what you’re thinking, bouncing timelines always mess up in the end but I can assure you that in the end, this show ties together quite neatly and it goes out with plot twist that will have you gasping. If I give you any more examples of how it’s a paradox, I will be revealing things about the show that you will hate me for. So, go ahead and watch it you won’t be disappointed.
There Is No Unnecessary Drama In The Show
Every single moment of the show is essential to the larger picture. There are no filler ghosts or useless scenes. Every single thing you see is a piece of the puzzle that will lead you to fully understand how one measly summer tore the Crain family to shreds and why they returned to that cruel house all those years later. I was three episodes in when I realised that each scene was relevant to the overall picture and after that, I was glued to my seat.
Using this quality, the show builds up so wonderfully that you are afraid to even blink or look away to grab snacks. I was so hooked on that I didn’t even want to pause to use the bathroom (TMI, I know). Anyway, it makes you care for each and every member of the Crain family and even when the siblings are being assholes (which is a lot of the times) to one another, you know it’s for a good reason.