The Haunting of Hill House: Review

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Hello Friend!

I will watch just about anything with a horror theme that comes out on Netflix. Movies, shows, anything! Okay…not just Netflix, anywhere. I love anything and everything horror. Even the bad ones that everyone hates.

I had plans on watching the Haunting of Hill House since I first heard about it. It was always in the plans. But then Mr. Stephen King (my favorite author of all times) decided to comment about how amazing this show was. So of course that made me move a little quicker to watch the show. It took me 3 days to watch all 10 episodes…but I could have easily done it in one day given better circumstances. Work gets in the way of so much stuff!

Let’s get down to business. What you are really here for. What did I think about The Haunting of Hill House?

FREAKING LOVED IT!

Okay okay. Let me talk about all the reasons I love this show. I actually have reasons to love this show and not just an over all “I just love it” excuse.

First, let me talk about the actors. Every child actor in this movie is phenomenal. It made me wonder if these kids were picked out of some cloning field where they just mass produce great child actors. Not a single one let me down with the believability of their fear. It made the show feel so much more real, like there was some bent neck lady standing behind me, watching me.

The adult actors…they were so fantastic. I loved the chemistry between them all, how much they felt like siblings. Not to mention the familiar faces. Carla Gugino who played the lead in Geralds Game, another Netflix Original. She was also on a TV series called Wayward Pines. As well as on Watchman.  Then we have Kate Siegel who played the lead in Hush, Netflix original. She is also the wife of Mike Flanagan who had his hands all over The Haunting of Hill House.

The camera work of this show was something of magic. Seriously, there had to have been magical creatures moving these cameras because it was so smooth. There was a ton of movement but not once did I worry about motion sickness. To go along with the great camera work I want to add the transitions! There are a ton of transitions from present day to the past and the transitions are so quick, smooth, and seemless. They were also very clear and not once did I wonder where in the story line I was at.

The Haunting of Hill House is all over the place. The timeline is not a straight line in either the past or present day. There is a lot of jumping around but it is done is such a way that you know exactly where you are in the story and what happened when. It was so great because you knew what was going on, but there were so many questions you were waiting for answers. It’s one of the greatest things about the show, it answered all the questions, but in it’s own time and it wasn’t stretched out to the point where you just couldn’t continue to watch because you got bored.

This show was actually scary! It gave me tingles at the back of my head, which happens when I am legitimately enjoying a horror movie. It doesn’t happen often anymore because things are just not as scary as they once were. Don’t get me wrong, I love horror and the stories, but they don’t scare me as much. This actually freaked me out a little bit. There was even a few jump scares that got me! One of the jump scares I didn’t even see coming and I loved it!

Now, it wasn’t all fun and games. There was one episode where things went on almost too long and I wanted to rush through it. Good news, this was on the very last episode where everything was being wrapped up and all questions answered. There was only one moment where I was like “Can this scene be over with?”

The question that arises at this point is, Will there be another season? I have discussed this with someone who thinks there shouldn’t be another season. But I think there should. There are things that could be explored from this point on. We could take a look more into the past of this haunted house. We could look into the future of what could happen or go wrong with this house. I realize that this show is based on a book and with the last episode is the end of the book, it has been wrapped up. (I need to read the book!) That doesn’t mean the story has to stop there. Now Mike Flanagan has so much to work with and he is free to do what he wants from this point on. It could be something amazing and I really would like to see a second season.

I would watch this show again and again. It may become something that I need to watch every year in October because it was fantastic and scary and I want more of it. For me it is added to the list with Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas. It has to be watched a million times. Not to mention that I have a weird feeling that every time I watch it, I will notice something new that I didn’t see before.

My suggestion to you, if you have not seen the show yet, go watch it. And pay close attention to it. Don’t look away for a second because you may miss something. There are a lot of little details thrown in that could easily be missed, which is something I absolutely love.

Have you watched The Haunting of Hill House? If so, what did you think about it? If not, do you plan on watching it? I think you should!

Until Next Time!

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Movie Review: Hush

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Rating

9-10

Year Released: 2016
Directors Name: Mike Flanagan
Writers: Mike Flanagan/Kate Siegel
Production Company: Intrepid Pictures/Blumhouse Productions
Lead Actors: Kate Siegel/John Gallagher Jr./Michael Trucco/Samantha Sloyan/Emma Graves
Genre: Horror/Thriller

Movie Blurb(From IMBd): A reclusive author who went deaf as a teenager finds herself hunted by a deranged masked killer inside her isolated home, sending her into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in order to survive the night.

Review

I have been hearing a lot about this movie. Everyone seems to be watching it. Then I came across a tweet from Stephen King and he was giving it high praises as well. So of course, because of King’s tweet, I had to watch the movie and I am glad that I did! I didn’t know what I would walking into, with the main character being deaf. I thought it would be a retro silent film, to put you in the POV of Maddie. Luckily, that didn’t happen.

Maddie is an author and she lives out in the woods, alone. You see little glimpses of what it is like for her, from the loud flashing smoke detector, to the silence of cooking dinner. Her only help in the world is feeling vibrations or seeing what is around her, which is where the problem comes in.

A killer figures he has found easy prey and he begins his break down of this deaf woman who is all alone.

I don’t usually like movies like this, but it was so well done. I like movies that are going to freak me out, which most of the time are the supernatural horror movies. But I am a lover of horror in any form and will give anything a chance. This is a simplistic thriller, just a killer and his chosen victim.

By the end of the movie I was on the edge of my seat, hoping that Maddie would make it out of this alive, but then afraid it was going to turn out to be one of those horror movies where the bad guy wins.

Overall it was a fantastic movie. The actors were fantastic and the thrill was a great ride. It had me wondering what I would do in the situation and how different things would have gone had Maddie had the advantage of hearing.

There were a few times I caught myself yelling at the screen for dumb things that all horror movie characters do, but it wouldn’t be a good movie without a few dumb mistakes.