I am not a huge fan of horror or paranormal drama but this Netflix’s new original series is so intelligently scripted and so imaginatively executed that you begin to wonder at the prowess of human ingenuity. The Haunting of Hill House is a terrifying and intellectual journey into how the past coalesces with the present, and invariably seeps into our consciousness to determine who we are today.
The show has genuinely scary moments, and does a great job of balancing the psychological with the supernatural. It also imbibes a great technique of revisiting certain moments and presenting them with greater clarity. The result is that we embark upon both a mental and emotional journey, which is equally draining as it is cathartic.
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The Haunting of Hill House is a thinking person’s horror story. Our homes are the churning cauldrons of our fears and insecurities, of our fragilities and vulnerabilities and they make and unmake the myriad ghosts that straddle our lives.
Our homes are the malleable slates on which our past, present and future are written. They ground us, consume us or they can set us free, to soar. Each home is haunted in its unique way. Every home has a room with a red door. Each home needs to find its own salvation!
Ultimately, the show highlights how home, as an entity, is equally love and fear, salvation and destitution, sanity and madness.
Mike Flanagan, you are one hell of a director. Take a bow!
And Netflix, with this horror epic, you have even surpassed your high standards by a mile.
Folks, go for it.
By Sanjay Trehan, Soven Trehan
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