I would really love to hear thoughts from people who have read the book. I have been obsessed with Shirley Jackson since I first read We Have Always Lived In the Castle at age 16; she’s one of my favorite writers of all time.
So at first I was prepared to write this new series off as being similar to The Haunting (1999) - a bad adaptation just sort of vaguely capitalizing on a brand and losing a lot due to the trappings of modern horror, which relies much more on jumpscares than the kind of atmospheric dread that Jackson was a true master of. In that regard I really prefer the 1963 version.
But after listening to the latest Waypoints, I’m intrigued and thinking about watching it. It sounds like even though the show has jumpscares, it also has long stretches of that slowly building sinister atmosphere? And while The Haunting of Hill House (the book) is explicitly about people who are mostly not related, I wonder if the family drama owes anything to her other works like The Sundial and The Road Through the Wall?
In deviating from the letter of Jackson’s original, has the show succeeded in adapting the spirit for a modern audience? Or is it really best appreciated as an entirely distinct entity?