VIDEO ESSAY: Dual Perspectives – THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

Haunting of Hill House - Dual Perspectives

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE is a Netflix miniseries loosely adapted from the book by Shirley Jackson. It was created by horror maestro Mike Flanagan (OCULUS, GERALD’S GAME), who also directed every episode.

It revolves around the Crain family who, as children, lived in a haunted house where their mother died. None of them, save their father, know exactly how it happened. THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE begins with them, as adults, each having gone down separate paths. A shocking death forces them back together and to finally confront the unspoken, looming horror in their lives: Hill House.

Notably, each of the first five episodes focuses on one of the siblings, in age order. Steven, the sceptic (Michiel Huisman); Shirley, the mortician (Elizabeth Reaser); Theo (Kate Siegel), a child psychologist; Luke (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), a drug addict; Luke’s twin sister Nell (Victoria Pedretti).

Mike Flanagan explains why the unique structure of THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE could only have happened on television:

It was a very complex structure and that’s something that television, I think, allows for in a way that you never get an opportunity to do in a feature film. Shows like LOST and WESTWORLD had already played around with timelines so beautifully that it was just, we can go for it and tell the story in the way that we think is going to be the most compelling as opposed to trying to hold someone’s hand through a linear storyline.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comments section!

  • What did you think of this article? Share itLike it, give it a rating, and let us know your thoughts in the comments box further down…
  • Struggling with a script? Story analysis is what we do, all day, every day…check out or range of services for writers & filmmakers here.
Industrial Scripts

Industrial Scripts

Founded in early 2010, Industrial Scripts is now one of the world’s leading screenwriting companies, with close links to industry and over 1,000 verified testimonials from its global client base.

Join the Discussion!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

About >

Founded in 2010 by a Warner Bros and Paramount Pictures script consultant, Industrial Scripts® is today one of the world’s leading script development companies. We deliver powerful support tools to driven writers and filmmakers.

Navigate The Blog >

Script Coverage >

Recent Posts >

Join 50,000 on Facebook >

Join 50,000 Writers & Filmmakers

Sign up, join our mailing list, and never miss a post from our official blog, Character-Driven.

By entering your email, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.