When I heard that everyone was watching Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, I absolutely had to jump on the bandwagon and give it a go.
My experience with Netflix shows is quite patchy. I will usually at least try to watch the shows that are the most popular, but I often don’t make it more than a few episodes in because I get bored. I’ve watched Stranger Things, but I did find the second series really boring and it felt to me as if the show had been stretched on for too long. But I absolutely love Netflix’s adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, so really there’s no saying of whether I will be into something that is popular without me giving it a good go!
Everyone was talking about The Haunting of Hill House. I don’t watch horrors because I’d rather avoid getting nightmares, and I had heard plenty of people say that this was absolutely terrifying, so I was definitely apprehensive, to begin with.
I watched the first episode, and overall, I was just confused – it wasn’t scary. I was pulled in by it though; the plot completely fascinated me, so I decided to keep watching.
Now, I have almost finished all of it, and I am absolutely loving it! Theo is definitely my favourite. I am struggling a bit to keep track of who’s who in it, especially with the time jumps. Theo is the only character that I actually know the name of without getting confused!
My only issue with it is that it’s not as scary as I expected. I will admit, I was scared a few times – mainly by the Bowler Hat Man and when the dead body hangs from the ceiling in the motel. Other than those moments though, I’ve found it hard to view this as a horror.
For me, the plot is more of a thriller/drama than a horror. I’m more focused on finding out about the ghosts and the family’s individual stories than I am on edge for the next surprise.
I will admit, this is what got me so addicted to it. After the fourth episode, when things really started to unravel a lot, I was so focused on the drama that I was beginning to forget that this was even a horror.
So is it a horror or a drama?
The original novel, written by Shirley Jackson in 1959 is a gothic horror (which I’m yet to read). I can see the gothic elements in this; especially with the family living in a big old house and none of their past being revealed until later on. I feel like I need to read the novel, and I will be adding it to my wishlist because I feel that the novel will have the horror that the Netflix series is missing.
My problem is that Netflix class it as a supernatural horror, and even though their series has a few horror elements, I feel that their adaptation may have turned it into more of a drama than how it was originally written.
In my eyes, this is definitely a drama with a little bit of horror sprinkled in. I’m definitely not complaining because I don’t think I would enjoy it as much if it was a full-on terrifying horror, but I just don’t get what people are finding so scary about it!