How many horror eggs can you find?
There’s so many horror eggs that I had to write a full article about The Haunting of Hill House.
The 10 episode series is a Netflix original, adapted from the 1959 novel of the same name, by Shirley Jackson. And it’s brilliant. I love it when creative people take the ball and run with it, and boy did they run far with The Haunting of Hill House. It’s the best adaptation I’ve seen.
It’s also impossible to write a review without spoiling everything, but I’ll do my best.
As usual, Netflix’s summary writing fails. When I first saw the series on Netflix, I thought it’s another attempt at Ghostbusters with a brother/sister team investigating the supernatural. I’m so happy I’m wrong.
As I did for my Godless review, I’ll write a better summary.
In a corner of a flipped supernatural world, the eldest siblings of a five child family attempt to debunk a traumatized childhood, while the younger siblings keep chasing ghosts. It’s a race against memories, love, and grief, in this psychological horror series.
And the ghosts hide. They lurk in the darkest corners, unseen by the trained eye.
The Haunting of Hill House is a horror egg hunt.
How Many Horror Eggs are in the Hill House?
I counted 13 hidden spooks, but I might have been biased by another movie about ghosts. Still, I’m pleased I was able to spot 13 on my own.
According to this site, http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/feature/a868817/haunting-of-hill-house-netflix-ghosts/, there are 15 hidden horror eggs. Include the obvious, in your face, creepy AF spooks, the total is closer to 20 or maybe 25. There might be more. I’m going to re-watch carefully until I spot them all. I challenge you to do the same.
I love horror, but it’s rare for me to actually jump while watching horror. The Haunting of Hill House made me jump for the first time in years.
On the other hand, they are many more jump scares of the subtle kind. Emotional and psychological. As I said before, blink, and you’ll miss it. And even then. It wasn’t until the day after I finished watching the series that a few plot pieces fell into place.
Oh, that’s why the Dudleys stayed with the house.
Oh, that’s why they couldn’t unlock the Red Room.
And, oh, dammit, saying more spoils everything.
There are secrets that unravel the same way life unravels. In lurches and scattered pieces. The ghosts keep the house alive with human weaknesses and flaws. It’s up to the humans to collect the broken pieces and make sense out of a timeline that’s not a line at all. Like a drop of water in a puddle, the lines balloon out and ripple through time.
Each ghost feeds on flaws and becomes a waking nightmare. Fear, guilt, the urge to kill. The house woke up a long time ago. And the house is hungry.
But which came first? Haunted humans or the haunting of Hill house?
So, how many spooks and horror eggs can you count in The Haunting of Hill House?