I’ve been watching this Netflix series over the weekend, and after Danielle and Patrick both raved about it on Twitter, I figured a thread was in order.
The series is a (very, very loose) adaptation of the Shirley Jackson novel that is widely considered the scariest novel ever written. The 10-episode series follows the Craine family and the fallout of their short time at Hill House, alternating between the past, the very recent past, and the present.
Personally, I’m through six episodes, and while I find it a compelling psychological drama and mystery, I really haven’t found it scary to this point. It leans very heavily on the “mouth stretched beyond normal human anatomy” trope. (For some context, I am terrible with horror. I noped out of American Horror Story and Candle Cove right quick.) And while I’m interested to see how it plays out, I find the style of “90% foreshadowing/10%… shadowing” frustrating. It sets up The Big Mystery in the first episode, and after 6 episodes, I’m no closer to knowing what actually happened. I understand designing a show so that it rewards a re-watch, but this seems designed to require it.
But, I don’t want to sound too negative. More-spooky-than-scary is right up my alley, and this is the perfect Halloween fare to hold me over until The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Castlevania: Season 2.
Anyone else watching the show? What do you think? Mark your spoilers!