Netflix has revealed the first images and a release date for the upcoming horror series The Haunting of Hill House. The 10-episode series hails from filmmaker Mike Flanagan, whose credits include Oculus, Gerald’s Game, and Ouija: Origin of Evil and who serves as creator, director, and executive producer of this new series. The story is a modern reimagining of the iconic horror novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson, and explores a group of siblings who grew up as children in what would become the most famous haunted house in the country. Now adults, the family must come face to face with their past in a very ghostly way.
Jackson’s book was first published in 1959 so this is a story that’s been around for decades, even if it may seem a little bit familiar in the wake of the smash hit Stephen King adaptation It. I’m curious to see what Flanagan has put together here, as the official description as a “modern reimagining” suggests this won’t be a straight adaptation.
The series is set to debut on October 12th, so it’ll make the perfect companion to everyone’s pre-Halloween festivities. Take a look at the first The Haunting of Hill House images below and click to embiggen.
The series stars Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, as well as Lulu Wilson, McKenna Grace, Paxton Singleton, Violet McGraw and Julian Hilliard.
Here’s the official description for The Haunting of Hill House:
A modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s iconic novel, The Haunting of Hill House explores a group of siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country. Now adults, and forced back together in the face of tragedy, the family must finally confront the ghosts of their past — some of which still lurk in their minds while others may actually be stalking the shadows of Hill House. Created, directed and executive-produced by horror mastermind Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus, Gerald’s Game), The Haunting of Hill House is a complex family drama wrapped in a chilling horror story. Trevor Macy serves as executive producer alongside Flanagan. Meredith Averill acts as co-showrunner and executive producer. Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank executive produce, as well.