I am going to do this review a little bit differently. I have watched The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix and I have also read the book this month. I wanted to go ahead and review both of them together and how they similar/different. Hope you guys enjoy this post!
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
My Review (Book)
I like how in the synopsis for this book the word haunting is in quotations. The Haunting of Hill house was…… Psychological. There were many times it had me wondering if the place was truly haunted or if someone was trying to actually PRODUCE results for the doctor’s experiment. They WANTED to be afraid at some points. Sometimes, to me, it seemed like Eleanor wasn’t all there in her mind and suffered a psychotic break under the taunting of her house mates. But then again, maybe that’s just how Hill House works…. It gets inside your head. There was a lot of weird stuff in this book. Mrs. Dudley was just flat-out strange to me and Mrs. Montague… Well, she is something else. I wouldn’t be married to her. The stories of the previous occupants on the house was creepy.
I loved the opening and closing descriptions of Hill House. Shirley Jackson has an amazing style of writing. The characters have a unique dialogue between each other that isn’t always realistic and Eleanor’s thoughts are quite imaginative. I liked it. It worked.
Overall, it seemed to me that Hill house wasn’t haunted in the traditional ways haunted houses get portrayed, more like it manifested what was in your mind or imagination. There wasn’t any actual ghosts in the book like there was in the show! The house was clearly its own entity, but it really seems like the living do the “haunting”.
4 out of 5
(This is just my take on the book….. If you read the book and have a different interpretation please drop a comment)
The Haunting of Hill House: Created by Mike Flanagan
Explores a group of siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country. Now adults, and forced back together in the face of tragedy, the family must finally confront the ghosts of their past, some of which still lurk in their minds while others may actually be stalking the shadows of Hill House.
My Review (Show)
I REALLY liked the show. The Netflix version of The Haunting Of Hill House is 100% different from the story line in the book. And a lot more creepy if you ask me. What I really like about the show was Olivia’s ramblings and Steven reading from his book were all word for word scenes from the book. It all tied together nicely but was still fresh and new. I loved all these characters and the little kids that played Luke and Nell were the cutest!
I also had a jump scare once or twice. That is a WIN in my book. I love horror but nothing is ever scary anymore! I also loved how in the background of almost every shot at Hill House there was a ghost. If you blinked, you missed it! I promise you! Every scene they were there.
The big reveals in the last episode were AWESOME! Not going to drop any spoilers just in case someone hasn’t watched it…… Just know they rocked. Speaking of BIG REVEALS…. Episode 5 was hands down my favorite…. Didn’t see THAT reveal coming…. 5 out of 5.
Funny story here…. Some weird stuff happened during my adventures with Hill House! I had a pillow move twice by itself…. My Halloween lights turned on by themselves! (The husband witnessed that one!) OH and a branch just happened to fall on the house during the most suspenseful part of the book. I’m sure there is a lot of reasonable explanations for all of the above but in the spirit of Halloween I’m just going to leave it as…. S.P.O.O.K.Y!
Both the book and the show were sooooo different! It’s hard to pick a favorite……. This time I’m going to say the show was better. (Blasphemy! I know!). What are your experience with Hill House? Drop a comment!