Netflix's new horror is being hailed as an even better show than American Horror Story
Terrifyingly high praise
With a plethora of studios and shared horror universes releasing new titles every few months, there was something refreshing about the old school nature of Netflix's brand new series, The Haunting of Hill House.
Consider this to be your spoiler alert warning if you haven't started the show yet.
Mike Flanagan's series never rushes the pace or feels the need to 'throw in' a scare every 10 minutes to keep the audience interested. Every single member of the Crain family is a fully-drawn character with their own interesting backstories and flaws.
In many ways, you can view The Haunting of Hill House as a straight-up drama that deals with issues like grief, loss, addiction and despair.
It remains primarily a horror, but because you're invested in these characters, the scares resonate far deeper.
And make no mistake about it, this show is scary.
Fans of the show are already well versed in the terrifying spectres of the 'Bent-Neck Lady', 'The Thin Man in the Hat,' and as for that scene when 'young Luke' takes the dumbwaiter down to the basement... yikes!
All things considered, Mike Flanagan's adaptation of Shirley Jackson's beloved novel has proven to be a massive hit. In terms of other shows of this ilk, plenty of people have already started to compare Netflix's latest hit to American Horror Story, the beloved anthology horror television series that was created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.
The Haunting of Hill House on @NetflixUK is one of the most terrifying, nail biting, hide behind the couch, don’t even breath, I’m going to pass out from fear things I have ever watched. In. My. Life.
— mildred fierce (@itsryanithink) October 13, 2018
Granted, AHS has already proven to be a massive hit with eight different seasons under its belt - some of varying quality - and a plethora of accolades to boast about. Since being released, AHS has received 89 Emmy Award nominations (16 wins) and nine Golden Globe Award nods (two wins) among many accolades.
In terms of modern horror TV shows, AHS is the standard-bearer and the trailblazer, but Netflix have really struck gold with their new series.
Truth be told, we'd be amazed if The Haunting of Hill House isn't nominated for some technical achievement because its sixth episode, Two Storms, is a remarkable piece of TV.
Since being released on Netflix, The Haunting of Hill House has already become the number one show for some horror fans ahead of American Horror Story.
Personal opinion: The Haunting of Hill House is pretty much everything American Horror Story: Murder House wanted to be, but wasn't.
— Kimble (@kwick22a) October 13, 2018
The Haunting of Hill House is the new American horror story. And ten times better, just saying
— nicole (@nicoleislike) October 15, 2018
Netflix new 'The Haunting of Hill House' is everything American Horror Story wishes it was.
— Connor (@CFMagee) October 13, 2018
Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House is a love letter to horror written with all the sincerity American Horror Story lacks.
— Violet (@microviolets) October 14, 2018
The Haunting Of Hill House is so fucking good. The first time I’ve genuinely been hooked and scared by anything horror since the first season of American Horror Story.
— Callum McPhee (@Callum0510) October 14, 2018
The Haunting of Hill House > American Horror Story x 1000000000
— Robbo (@RobKimbrah) October 14, 2018
Hey guys the haunting on hill house is really good but very different; I hope enough people can get used to the drama of the show, it’s very novel-y. Personally, I love that. This show is what I expected from American Horror Story when I first heard about it.
— aidan 🥤 (@AidanThinking) October 13, 2018
American Horror Story wishes it could be as good as The Haunting of Hill House. @NetflixUK has produced another outstanding and chilling ghost story with perfect acting and script writing. Loved every second of it.
— Sazarah (@tunnelrat76) October 14, 2018
Digging the Haunting of Hill House. Honestly it feels far more spooky without forcing the spooky than American Horror story.
— Alyssa Laschelle 👽 (@HighleyGinger) October 15, 2018