If you’ve been on social media at all in the past few days, you’ve probably seen people raving about the newest Netflix tv show, The Haunting of Hill House.
Even though people are claiming it’s so scary it’s making them lose sleep, pass out or vomit, they are also showering it with praise and dubbing it a masterpiece. And if you were on the fence on whether it’s worth losing sleep and your peace of mind in order to watch it, then maybe it will finally convince you to know that it’s also got the seal of approval from a horror mastermind itself: Stephen King.
The show is a retelling of the 1959 novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson, who King says would probably approve of it herself. The author of books like IT, The Shining, and Misery called the show “close to a work of genius, really.”
THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, revised and remodeled by Mike Flanagan. I don’t usually care for this kind of revisionism, but this is great. C I think Shirley Jackson would approve, but who knows for sure.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 17, 2018
As I previously said, people have both loved the show and have been terrified senseless of it. One person took to Twitter to say:
Did I just finish the best Netflix series ever? Yes. Yes I did. If you like horror you have to watch The Haunting Of The Hill House. It scared the sh*t out of me but it wasn’t like any other horror movie/series. It also had a wonderful story and it was absolutely amazing.
Whereas another added:
Who is watching The Haunting of Hill House because I need to talk about it, potentially in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep because I’m now afraid of the dark.
Even house pets have been left traumatized:
My cousin and I screamed so loud at a scene in Ep 9 that we scared all 3 dogs “protecting” us right out of the room. Poor pups. They came back upstairs like: pic.twitter.com/KPrP4k91gz
— Steph 👀 (@stephbingestv) October 17, 2018
The first season of the show was released this Friday on October 12 and follows five siblings who grew up in a haunted house which went on to become the most famous haunted house in the country. Now, as adults, the siblings are forced to return to the house, with the show alternating between scenes in the past and present.
The official synopsis for the series reads:
26 years ago, residential contractor Hugh Crain and his architect wife Olivia decided to try to remodel and flip a century-old mansion known as Hill House. They moved in early in the summer along with their five children (Steve, Shirley, Theodora, Luke, and Nell), and that’s when things immediately started to get bizarre. Because it turns out that the House has a history of deaths and disappearances…
It was created by Mike Flanagan and stars Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, and Victoria Pedretti.