The mother of all ghost stories is coming to Netflix, thanks to Gerald's Game director Mike Flanagan. Flanagan wrote, produced and directed a ten-part adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s classic '59 horror novel The Haunting of Hill House, which continues his fascination/relationship with Stephen King (as the Horror Master had often cited Jackson's novel as being one of his prime inspirations).
This new version of Hill House was co-produced by Amblin TV and Paramount TV, which will possibly give you a touch of insight into the tone Flanagan's hoping to strike. Based on this initial teaser - which loves one hallway more than Dario Argento ever did - we should probably expect a rather immersive spook show experience.
Take a look:
Don't you want to come home? The Haunting of Hill House is only on Netflix October 12. pic.twitter.com/xqeLg7Of0E— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) August 27, 2018
To go along with that CGI-heavy glimpse (which mildly triggered my Jan de Bont PTSD), Netflix also released these stills, which showcase cast members Timothy Hutton, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas (covered in blood), and one weird ass door.
Hopefully, Timothy Hutton was less of a shithead to Flanagan on the set of this horror show than he was to George Romero while they were making The Dark Half together. Another hope: that maybe some Shining influence creeps into this take on The Haunting of Hill House, seeing as how Flanagan's also bringing us the sequel to that all-timer, Doctor Sleep. Based on this official synopsis, the latter wish may come true:
"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."
Guess we'll find out when this edition of The Haunting of Hill House hits the streaming giant October 12th.