Shirley Jackson's famous gothic horror story is reimagined yet again in the trailer for Netflix's limited series, The Haunting of Hill House.
The Haunting of Hill House novel by Jackson was published in 1959 and is now considered a classic of its genre. It told the (spooky) tale of Dr. John Montague, a paranormal investigator who tries to find evidence that the supernatural exists by conducting an experiment in a supposedly haunted manor known as (what else?) Hill House. Jackson's book has already spawned a pair of film adaptations - Robert Wise's The Haunting and Jan de Bont's The Haunting - released in 1963 and 1999, respectively.
According to the synopsis, Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House changes things up and instead follows the Crains - a group of five siblings who grew up in Hill House, aka. the "most famous haunted house in America". Years later, the five reunite as adults to return to their childhood home and "confront the ghosts of their own pasts", following the death of a family member. For more on that, watch the series' trailer in the space below.
The Haunting of Hill House stars Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Elizabeth Reaser (Ouija: Origin of Evil), Timothy Hutton (American Crime), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Emerald City) and Katie Siegel (Hush) as the grown-up versions of the Crain siblings. Those who've read Jackson's original novel, or seen either of The Haunting movies, will recognize that the characters here get their surname "Crain" from Hugh Crain, the man who built Hill House in the first place. Further, much like in Jackson's source material and Wise's film, the main characters will be tormented by ghosts that exist only in their minds, as well as potentially real ones.
Netflix's Haunting of Hill House was created by Mike Flanagan (who also directed all ten episodes) and features several actors who have collaborated with Flanagan in the past on films like Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil and Netflix's own Stephen King adaptation, Gerald's Game. By the sound of it, Haunting of Hill House will explore many of the same concepts that've shown up in Flanagan's work before, including (possibly) haunted houses and people confronting the demons (real and imagined) of their past. Flanagan has never been hesitant to include twisted imagery and gory moments in his movies either and Haunting of Hill House will be no different, going off the trailer footage and first-look images from the series.
All in all, The Haunting of Hill House looks and sounds like another worthwhile horror offering from Flanagan... so far. The show is only intended to be a limited ten-episode series at the moment, and Flanagan has already set to work on his next project - the Stephen King adaptation Doctor Sleep. Still, in the event that it becomes a success, it's certainly possible that Netflix will pull another 13 Reasons Why and put in a surprise order for a second season.
The Haunting of Hill House begins streaming Friday, October 12 on Netflix.