A show on Netflix is being called “so scary” that it is causing people to become unconscious.
It’s almost like the people who were tasked with promoting the show reached out to some mainstream media writers and persuaded them to promote the show.
Like the people tasked with promoting the show were sitting around in a room somewhere thinking “hmm.. how can we promote this show?” There’s nothing wrong with that though, getting creative with making sure an endeavor succeeds is the only way to succeed.
The writer of an article from Unilad said:
“Until last weekend, it had been a long, long time since I was really, truly scared by a film or TV show. I’m talking so scared you are frightened to cross the landing to use the loo, so scared your blood runs cold days afterwards at the sound of a creaking floorboard.
I can honestly say The Haunting of Hill House has brought me back to a state of cinematic terror I can only recall from pre-teen sleepovers; when we would stay up watching horrors which we were years too young for. The Haunting of Hill House has left my chest tightened with a fear I thought I had long outgrown. It has made me nervous to look across a darkened room when I’m alone. And yet I just cannot stop watching…”
The Haunting of Hill House is loosely based on a novel called The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, a 1959 Gothic novel.
It’s being described as a horror movie spread out across a ten episode TV series. That sounds like a decent way to consume the story, people need entertainment to be like that these days.
With each episode of the series, the viewers are given a window into the way of the dysfunctional Craine family. The futures of each one of these characters were made to look grim over the course of the 10 episode series, in the brief period time they were present living at this Hill House.
The series has “writerly dialogue,” and some kind of atmosphere that is supposed to paint a very grim picture.
The writer who wrote that Unilad article about this is definitely a writer, as they continue: “Despite the stark detour from the original text, there are enough understated nods to Jackson’s novel to keep even the most pedantic literature student happy.”
There are what you call “jump scares” in the Haunting of Hill House, but it’s not just that. There are some really dreadful scenes, meant to invoke some sense of impending doom in people.
Gothic settings and aesthetics of this kind are scattered all throughout this Netflix series. Reminders of burial and death are all around the people in that Hill House, and ghosts are depicted 2018 style, extremely frightening and uncomfortably high definition, moving in ways that fictional characters never seemed to move before.
The reactions to this series varied.
One Twitter user commented: “One of the most terrifying, nail biting, hide behind the couch, don’t even breathe, I’m going to pass out from fear things I have ever watched. In. My. Life.”
Another wrote: “WHY DID I DECIDE TO WATCH THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE AND ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT I CAN’T SLEEP NOW I DON’T NORMALLY WATCH SCARY FLICKS WHY DID I DO THIS TO MYSELF.”