The Haunting of Hill House: Everything We Know So Far

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Coming this Halloween season on October 12th is the Netflix Original “The Haunting of Hill House”, based on the classic 1953 horror novel of the same name by Author Shirley Jackson, it has been adapted to the small screen by director Mike Flanagan well known for his work on other horror titles such as Geralds Game and Ouija; Origin of Evil we can expect a particularly frightful season of TV coming our way soon.

What is the Plot of the Novel and will the series follow it?

We know the series will roughly follow the plot of the Novel it is based upon:

In an unspecified region of the United States, a Mansion was built 80 years prior to the events of the “Haunting of Hill House” by Hugh Crain who has long been dead. Investigator of the Supernatural/Paranormal Dr. John Mantague is on the hunt for scientific evidence of the supernatural and decides to rent Hill House for the summer. In the hope of finding someone to assist with his research, he reaches out to those with previous experience in the supernatural to which only Eleanor, previously acquainted with poltergeists she is a fragile young woman who has struggled to make friends after living as recluse looking after her Invalid Mother. Theodora the lighthearted, artist and assistant to Dr. Montague and finally Luke Sanderson the heir to hill house.

Soon the inhabitants of the house experience strange and supernatural events such as writing on the wall… Ghosts roaming the halls of the house in the middle of the night and other baffling events. Unbeknownst to the rest of those staying in the house, Eleanor soon starts to lose touch with reality is it her imagination? Or is there something more sinister afoot?

How is it different from the novel?

Now from what we have seen of the trailer and read up on the cast, the series takes snippets from the plot above and interjects it into the show and will instead follow 2 timelines of the Crain family (In the novel the Crain’s were the original family to of owned Hill house after it had been built by Hugh Crain), the first timeline will follow a young Theodora, Nell, Steven, Shirley, and Luke Crain and their experiences as children in Hill House and the second timeline follows their adult selves and how the experiences from the house shaped their lives after being scarred as children having to live in a Haunted Home.

The Cast & Episodes

This season will have 10 episodes, each roughly having a 50 minute run time.

Character Actor Where have I seen them before?
Olivia Crain Carla Gugino Watchmen, Sin City, Gerald’s Game
Hugh Crain Timothy Hutton Ordinary People, Leverage, The Good Shepherd
Theodora Crain Kate Siegel Hush, Gerald’s Game, Ouija: Origin of Evil
Young Theo Mckenna Grace Gifted, Designated Survivor, I, Tonya
Steven Crain Michiel Huisman Game of Thrones, Treme, The Age of Adaline
Young Steven Paxton Singleton The Rookie, Alice Fades Away
Luke Crain Oliver Jackson-Cohen Faster, Going the Distance, The River
Young Luke Julian Hilliard Never Goin’ Back, A Father
Shirley Crain Elizabeth Reaser Twilight, Ouija: Origin of Evil, The Family Stone
Young Shirley Lulu Wilson Annabelle: Creation, The Millers, Ouija: Origin of Evil
Nell Crain Victoria Pedretti Uncovering Eden, Sole
Young Nell Violet McGraw Jett, Love, Ready Player One

The Trailer

The trailer only dropped last week and it is safe to say it looks creepy as hell!

Will there be a Second Season?

As this season is loosely based on the original novel there is no reason why we couldn’t see a second season that uses the characters from the original novel itself such as Dr. Montague but from what I can speculate from the trailer this isn’t set in the 50’s like the novel and the with the adult timeline it looks to be set in the modern day so how that would tie in with the plot of the novel I am unsure and, until I see the final scene of the season I can’t speculate any further!

Are you excited for “Haunting of Hill House”? Let us know in the comments below! While you’re here make sure to check out our list of best horror shows on Netflix!

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Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 as a fulltime writer having worked in numerous other industries until that point. Jacob covers all things Netflix whether that's TV or movies but specializes in covering new anime and K-dramas. Resides in Norwich in the United Kingdom.

 Poster Rating: N/A
Language: English
Genre: Horror
Cast: Mckenna Grace, Carla Gugino, Michiel Huisman, Timothy Hutton
Season Additions:
  • - Season 1 was added to Netflix on October 12th, 2018