‘The Haunting of Hill House’ is an American supernatural horror anthology web series that airs on Netflix. The show first premiered on October 12, 2018. This presentation is a resuscitation of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name. Jackson’s book was considered one of the finest works of Gothic fiction of her time. The series is also inspired by Henry James’ horror novella ‘The Turn of the Screw’.
The entire series has been supervised and created by Mike Flanagan, who has been in a prolific business partnership with the streaming giants. FlanaganFilm, Amblin Television, and Paramount Television are the companies backing the project, while Dan Kaplow is the producer. Meredith Averill, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Trevor Macy, and Mike Flanagan are the executive producers of the show.
The show merges the past and the present seamlessly, telling the story of a family that must confront truths about themselves, their relationships with each other, and their haunting memories of their old home including the horrifying events that drove them out of it. As soon as the show released, it gained a solid fan base, with many raving on social media about how this show got the ghost story element just right while keeping the elements of a family drama intact as well. Critics too lauded the show, especially the direction and the performances, but also mentioning how some of the chilling sequences were bound to remain with the viewers.
The Haunting of Hill House Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast for ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ includes Michiel Huisman, who is famous for playing Daario Naharis in ‘Game of Thrones‘, in the role of Steven Crain, the eldest son of the family. In his adulthood, we see him as an author and someone who debunks supernatural experiences. Carla Gugino plays the role of Olivia Crain, the mother, who is among the most affected by the paranormal activities of Hill House along with her daughter Nell. Henry Thomas plays the role of Hugh Crain, the father, and Elizabeth Reaser appears in the role of Shirley Crain and owns a mortuary.
Kate Siegel plays the role of Theodora “Theo” Crain, a child psychologist, and the middle child of the family. She has psychic powers that let her access another person’s memories by touching them. Oliver Jackson-Cohen appears in the role of Luke, Nell’s older twin. He struggles with the memories of Hill House and has to fight a drug addiction problem because of it. Victoria Pedretti plays the role of Nell, the one who is most affected by the paranormal activities in the house. There are some other supporting characters, but what happens to the members of the Crain family is the chief focus of the show.
In the upcoming season, we are likely to see an entirely new cast, since there does not seem to be the possibility of this being an anthology series and the show maker has said, “The story of the Crain family is told. It’s done. I think that there are all sorts of different directions we could go in, with the house or with something completely different. I love the idea of an anthology as well. But to me, I felt like the Crains have been through enough, and we left them exactly as we all wanted to remember them, those of us who worked on it. We toyed with a cliffhanger ending and we toyed with other ideas, but ultimately, in the writers’ room and with the cast and everything else, we really felt like the story demanded a certain kind of closure from us and we were happy to close the book on that family.”