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Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.
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The Haunting of Hill House review: by far the most complex and complete horror series of its time

Choosing to create an adaptation of a literary classic is always a brave move – especially when it’s one that is frequently lauded as one of the greats of the American canon. Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel, The Haunting of Hill House has been adapted into film twice before to varying degrees of success: once to critical acclaim by Robert Wise in 1963, and once to universal panning, in the form of the Catherine Zeta Jones-led 1999 remake. But never before, has anyone dared to stride this far from Jackson’s source material in their interpretation – and who could have predicted that such a loose reimagining would be such a success?

Michael Flanagan, a seasoned creator of horror – the critically acclaimed Gerald’s Game, Hush and Oculus to name a few – has both written and directed the show for Netflix. And he takes a brave and original choice in focusing on the Crain family, the underlying supernatural force of Jackson’s novel and here he not only runs, but sprints with it. He transforms the former contextual characters for Jackson’s terror into the stars of the show.

In his vision, the focus of the series is shifted from the events of Hill House to the lasting impact of its impressions on the lives of five brothers and sisters who saw their mother take her life at the house when they were children. And its this act of moving the focal point of the story from the confines of the haunted house to the modern, outside world that make this series terrifying, raw and revolutionary. The old haunted house tale is given a psychological revamp for the modern viewer – no longer do we simply see the scares in action, we see how the effects of that traumatic event reverberates across a lifetime.

This psychological focus does not mean that the traditional horror one might expect is lost, in fact the series is brilliant because it evokes the slow-build terror associated with classic ghost films. The horrific circumstances of the family’s time at Hill House and its terrifying nature is encapsulated by Flanagan’s varying use of close-ups and panning shots – which create the suspense, fear and jump scares that horror fans will devour, while the blend of richly dark and cinematic shots will satisfy avid film buffs.

In order to achieve a deep-dive into the traumatic aftermath of these events the narrative alternates between timelines, specifically the present day and two decades ago, when the family spent one summer living at Hill House. What’s most interesting about the family at the centre of this story is that when you look past the ghost encounters and general strangeness of their lives, the Crains are hardly far removed from many recognisable broken, family structures; there are sibling rivalries sparked by jealousy and money, heartbreaks and marriage breakdowns and plenty of shared familial grief. But while they are hardly perfect, there are also moments of hilarity, unity and even celebration which make the family feel earnest and are perhaps why by the series finale, you find that you’ve laughed, cried and become enamoured with the family.

It’s not just the family premise that makes this series so brilliant, but the characters as individuals themselves. Flanagan spends entire episodes giving the audience deft yet scathing vignettes of his characters’ lives – and as always, it’s a winner. It takes skill to create numerous characters who are each full of depth and genuinely interesting, but as this series proves – it is the secret ingredient to creating a moorish show that will keep audiences hooked, which is the goal for many of Netflix’s binge-worthy offerings.

The cast work wonders in bringing these figures to life, both the older seasoned actors and the children who play their younger selves. Michael Husiman (best known as Daario in Game of Thrones) and Paxton Singleton portray the older and younger versions of the eldest of the Crain children, Steven, a money-driven sceptic who ironically makes a living as an author of horror novels and becomes a character you are drawn to both love and hate due to his steadfastness against his family of supernatural-believers. Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) and Lulu Wilson are in the same boat of Marmite likeability as they portray Shirley, who is at odds with her brother over his hypocritical book and has found a career as a perfection-driven funeral director.

The younger siblings include Theodora who is played by McKenna Grace and Kate Siegel, who particularly shines as the closest character to Jackson’s vision – the hard-hearted, too-cool-for-school and now (unlike in Jackson’s novel where it was merely hinted) openly gay adult Theo.

While Nell, who also retains some of the ditsy edge first thrust upon the character by Jackson, is portrayed so expressively by Victoria Pedretti and Violet McGraw that you could easily believe the character is going through real pain. Her twin brother Luke, brought to life by Julian Hillard and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, is an adventurous young boy who is driven to heroin as a method of dealing with his literal and figurative demons as an adult.

Leading the family are Carla Gugino as Mrs Crain and Timothy Hutton as Mr Crain. Gugino steals every scene she appears in as the obsessive, crazed family matriarch, while Hutton plays her grief-stricken husband and estranged father to their grown-up children. The Crains are a concoction of broken individuals being eaten alive by fear yet alienated from the only people in the world who could understand. As they are ravaged by ghosts, jump-scares and shocks aplenty, luckily the bond between the once-broken family begins to repair, even if the circumstances may not be ideal.

It is instantly clear which shows The Haunting of Hill House will be compared to – American Horror Story is an obvious frontrunner. But where Ryan Murphy’s series relies on starry casts, camp comedy and ridiculous plot twists, this show can count on its realism and rawness to bring horror to the screen. As a long term horror fan watching this series I never expected it to feel this revolutionary: this is by far the most complex and complete horror series of its time. It has set the bar high, and proved that the series format is easily workable for slow-build terror if approached properly.

For fellow horror fans, this will be a welcome treat, one of the best television series they’ve ever seen, and for those who scare more easily it’ll be a surprising family drama that they might find is best enjoyed with the lights on.
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Posso dizer sem grandes dúvidas que é a melhor série de Terror/Suspense que já vi, a caracterização das personagens, a edição e fotografia, interpretação, qualidade da escrita, etc fazem desta uma das melhores séries deste ano.
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O material de base - o romance - é aparentemente muito bom.

Da wiki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Haunt ... Hill_House):
Stephen King, in his book Danse Macabre (1981), a non-fiction review of the horror genre, lists The Haunting of Hill House as one of the finest horror novels of the late 20th century and provides a lengthy review.[2] According to the Wall Street Journal, the book is "now widely regarded as the greatest haunted-house story ever written."[3] In his review column for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Damon Knight selected the novel as one of the 10 best genre books of 1959, declaring it "in a class by itself."[4]

Reappraising the book in The Guardian in 2010, Sophie Missing wrote, "Jackson treats her material – which could be reduced to penny dreadful stuff in less deft hands – with great skill and subtlety. […] The horror inherent in the novel does not lie in Hill House (monstrous though it is) or the events that take place within it, but in the unexplored recesses of its characters' – and its readers' – minds. This is perhaps why it remains the definitive haunted house story".[5] In 2018, three of thirteen writers polled by The New York Times identified it as the scariest book of fiction they have ever read.[6]
Eu não gostei das adaptações cinematográficas. A mais recente é mesmo um desastre, e a mais antiga, sendo muito melhor, tem personagens bastante irritantes.
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O primeiro episódio é bom. Gostei o suficiente para continuar a ver.
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Já vi seis episódios e o sentido geral/qualidade vai em crescente. O sexto episódio é mesmo das melhores coisas que vi em termos de séries nos últimos anos, mesmo considerado os pesos pesados mais aclamados do meio.

Não é uma série isenta de defeitos (tenho uns quantos queixumes para lamentar), mas tem partes de tal forma conseguidas que nos fazem esquecer dos pequenos pormenores incomodativos. A realização é mesmo top top top - este Michael Flanagan é alguém a ter definitivamente debaixo de olho em futuros projectos. Tudo bem feito, tudo brilhantemente filmado editado e encaixado, com várias linhas temporais, vários personagens autónomos e várias plots a convergirem "suavemente" num modelo narrativo sem farpas. A coisa está de tal forma bem feita que nos perdemos quase a admirar os aspectos técnicos e a pensar como raio conseguiram filmar assim.

Quanto ao terror propriamente dito, e como é de uma série que se trata, está doseado a conta gotas, com quase nenhuns "jump scares", mas muita atmosfera e envolvência na construção do medo. Diria que não é "da pesada" - é mais na onda do "prestígio" e do neo-classissimo (próximo de obras com o The Conjuring, e longe das vertentes mais gory e sanguionolentas), mas sem no entanto nos negar a visualização das manifestações do mal. Diria que qualquer fã de fitas de terror se vai deliciar com isto. Terror muito bem enraizado num drama familiar com todas as letras e uma casa assombrada como deve ser.

Outra coisa que achei interessante (e que não me recordo de ter visto explorado antes) é a questão da morte. Nos filmes de terror, uma personagem morre e nunca mais pensamos nela. Aqui, uma personagem morre e há logo um episódio que faz lembrar o Sete Palmos de Terra. Muita proximidade com a dor e com as ondas de choque dessa morte. E isso, basicamente, é muito bom.

MUST SEE!!!!

Ainda tenho 4 episódios pela frente...
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da trivia no imdb:
The first 15:38 minutes of episode six (excluding the beginning one minute and twenty seconds beginning credits sequence) were done in one straight take. No edits. No cuts. In fact, the episode itself is comprised of FIVE of these long takes, the longest being the third, which is over 17 minutes. The production was shut down for six weeks of detailed rehearsals to accomplish this
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Gostei bastante desta série: subtilmente realizada, excelente elenco e uma óptima criação e manutenção de atmosfera. Nos episódios finais, tenho que admitir que acho que a série perde um bocado de gás, mas ainda assim nada de tão grave que prejudique a qualidade do todo. Há sequências tão bem elaboradas e executadas que chegam a dar ares de peça teatral. Recomendo vivamente.
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José wrote:
October 22nd, 2018, 3:21 pm
Gostei bastante desta série: subtilmente realizada, excelente elenco e uma óptima criação e manutenção de atmosfera. Nos episódios finais, tenho que admitir que acho que a série perde um bocado de gás, mas ainda assim nada de tão grave que prejudique a qualidade do todo. Há sequências tão bem elaboradas e executadas que chegam a dar ares de peça teatral. Recomendo vivamente.
Concordo com tudo. Entretanto já terminei de ver. Os episódios centrais são os melhores. O 6 em particular, com esses "ares de peça teatral" e com o soberbo trabalho de movimentação da câmara e das personagens através do cenário. Não são os long-shots, são as coisas que sucedem dentro desses long-shots.

SPOILERS DAQUI EM DIANTE - quem estiver a perspectivar ver a série, não leia mesmo.

As minhas "queixinhas":
Houve três aspectos que me desagradaram um pouco - embora não o suficiente para me irritarem ou para puxarem a qualidade da série para baixo:

- O final. Uma personagem de terror como é aquela mansão não deve proporcionar um quase happy-ending e não deve sobretudo proporcionar a quem nela permanece uma espécie de paraíso para a eternidade - e que foi basicamente o que me pareceu que ia suceder com os três membros da família que lá ficaram. Não consigo sequer imaginar que after-life conjunta é suposto terem ali dentro - que devia ser de sofrimento atroz e constante, mas que pareceu antes relaxado e suportável face a tudo o que sucedeu.

- A natureza "episódica" da vida familiar no passado. Com tantos episódio de aparições, assombrações e situações de risco (a descida à cave), não consigo, por mais que tente, imaginar uma vida quotidiana "normal" que aguentasse ali por muito tempo. Uma ou duas situações daquelas levaria uma família facilmente ao desespero, a começar pelas crianças. Mas de umas situações para as outras, parece que há um "reset emocional", que apaga os traumas e cicatrizes, e que lhes permite aceitar as novas manifestações macabras como se fossem novidade. A parte em que o miúdo está debaixo da cama, por exemplo, não tem uma conclusão (a narrativa passa subitamente para o futuro) - mas depois de uma coisa daquelas duvido que nos dias/semanas seguintes o miúdo estivesse "racional"....

- A personagem da miúda que aparecia ao gémeo no jardim. Foi uma pequena batota por parte do realizador - uma realidade que nunca poderia ter consistência na prática (porque se saberia logo quem era a rapariga e que ela era de facto real), e que só faz sentido em termos narrativos, e para enganar o espectador, levando-o a pensar que é um fantasma.


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Acabei de assistir, faço as minhas críticas são as mesmas do Samwise.
- Ao meu ver o capítulo final foi reescrito por que destoa da série,
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