Netflix has debuted a new trailer for The Haunting of Hill House. This series looks to satisfyingly adapt the beloved 1959 horror novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson for modern audiences. The book has been adapted several times in the past, including two different movies titled simply The Haunting in 1963 and 1999. However, this adaptation looks like it could easily be the best yet. And this isn't just a 90-minute movie. It's a whole series horror lovers can binge in the very near future.
This original Netflix series comes from the mind of Mike Flanagan, who is asserting himself as a force to be reckoned with in the modern horror landscape. He previously collaborated with Netflix on the criminally underseen Hush and last year's outstanding Stephen King adaptation, Gerald's Game. Outside of his work with Netflix, he's also directed Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil, which was a marked improvement on its very underwhelming predecessor. This project reteams him with Carla Gugino and, if you saw Gerald's Game, you know that can only be a good thing. Not typical of many shows, Flanagan directed every episode, which means this project is squarely in his hands as director and executive producer.
As for the footage, it's chilling, atmospheric, tense, creepy and stunning. This is right in line with what horror fans have come to expect from Mike Flanagan and it looks like he's crafted something potentially very compelling here, working with some enduring and terrifying source material. There is even a kind of a refreshing "you're not crazy" moment in the trailer, as opposed to the far more typical, "you're crazy what are you talking about?" sort of thing. It's the little touches that can put something over the top.
The Haunting of Hill House is billed as a modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson's iconic novel. The series will follow a group of children who grew up in what would ultimately become the most famous haunted house in the country. Now adults, they are forced back together following a tragedy, they must confront the ghosts, quite literally, of their past. Some real, some in their minds. The producers say this is equal parts complex family drama and chilling horror story. The best horror often has some sort of emotional weight to it and it both sounds and looks like this series will have that in spades.
Netflix teamed with Amblin TV for the adaptation. Trevor Macy serves as executive producer alongside Flanagan. Meredith Averill acts as co-showrunner and executive producer. Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank executive produce, as well. The cast includes Michiel Huisman, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, Victoria Pedretti, Lulu Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Paxton Singleton, Violet McGraw, and Julian Hilliard. Be sure to check out the first trailer for The Haunting of Hill House for yourself below. Netflix streaming channel will debut the series on October 12.