Guest reviewer Ashley Boze – “The Haunting of Hill House” (2019)

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Today the cheetah and I are turning over the blog to our good friend and fellow film buff Ashley. I have mentioned before as one of the cool folks at Family Video who keeps a sharp eye for IFC Film titles for me as well anything else they think would interest me.
During the past couple of years,Ashley as well as Nikki,Erich and Sean have become more then just people I see when I shop,in Ashley’s case,we have become friends.
She had told me about “The Haunting of Hill House” many times and when I suggested she write a review for it,she agreed and thus I hope this is the first of many reviews we get from Ashley.  Enjoy!!

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9:30 p.m. October 10, 2019 

October. This month alone can bring about the thought of “spooky” times and, with that being said, what better way to get in the mood for Halloween than a ghost story, right? I couldn’t agree more, and nothing lately can compare with the beauty that is the Netflix original show “The Haunting of Hill House” created by Mike Flanagan. This film adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s novel puts a new, different, and exciting spin on the idea of what hides behind the doors of Hill House. 

Steven is an incredibly popular writer, his fame stems from his book titled “The Haunting of Hill House” based on the things that his family experienced during their childhood time spent in Hill House. Shirley is the owner of a mortuary alongside her husband, trying to give her clients a sense of comfort in the death of their loved ones that she wasn’t able to get as a child. Theo is a child psychologist, who appears to be a germaphobe, helping children and their families to understand what is going on in the brain of the child. Luke, the older of the twins, is addicted to drugs, going in and out of treatment facilities with the help of his family to pay for itt all along the way. Nell is… well Nell. She appears to be a lost, wandering soul, still traumatized by her childhood experiences in Hill House. 

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Opening on the distraught crying of young Eleanor Crane, also known as Nell, and her twin brother Luke being comforted by their older brother Steven highlights the talent of the young actors, all while giving a good sense of what one can expect to see throughout the 10 episodes. We then get a view of the rest of the family, Theo, Shirley, Mom, and Dad, before panning back into the room that the twins share. It is here that we are exposed to the first of many ghosts that we will see sprinkled throughout the show. Following this we are exposed to the second ghost of the show, the one that Nell had seen in her nightmare, the Bent-Neck Lady. Be sure to pay attention through the show, you may find a surprise ghost in the background, and usually you don’t have to look too hard to find them. Jumping back and forth between the past and the present gives quick insight into the family dynamic and what each of the children grew up to become. The slight sense of confusion and peculiarity through the first episode will keep you wanting more. 

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The consistently beautiful and seamless transitions between the past and the present shed light on the experiences that the children had throughout their time at Hill House, while allowing us to see how it is still affecting them as adults in the present. The slow, yet spiraling sense of madness in the characters seems to almost be contagious, and the sense of mystery pertaining to what is behind that big, red door, all will keep you wanting more. Constantly being exposed to both the childhood and adulthood of one of the 5 children keeps you invested, all without being confusing. 

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I am going to go ahead and end this before I get into true spoiler territory, but if any show/movie deserves all of the praise it has received, it is “The Haunting of Hill House”. With a physical release coming October 15, 2019, the praise and love will only continue to flow. Silence lay steadily in the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.

8 thoughts on “Guest reviewer Ashley Boze – “The Haunting of Hill House” (2019)

  1. Really good series! The old guy that kinda hovered above the floor gave me the creeps. We have a very dysfunctional family trying to sort out the past. I listened to a podcast about it as I watched. Great pick.

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  2. Nice review. Definitely a creep-fest, though! Slowly encroaching madness is always much more terrifying than any monster under the bed, right?! Eeeek.

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  3. Ghostmovies are hard to make – there are so many bad one and so less really good one.
    Films like “The Haunting” in the original movie are really great, because the most fearful things are in your own thougts.
    I saw some episodes of this show and are missing the old touch.

    Of course, in the modern way it is really well done, but if you know the old movie – then you will miss the flair. But the great thing is, so more people can find anything good on the story.

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