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The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House

Netflix 2018

The Crains, a fractured family, confront haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

The 10 Best Episodes of The Haunting of Hill House

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#1 - The Bent-Neck Lady (Season 1 - Episode 5)

A dark specter with an unsettling silhouette has haunted Nell since she was a girl. Now "the Bent-Neck Lady" is back -- and she's calling Nell home.

The episode was rated 8.45 from 1985 votes.

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#2 - Two Storms (Season 1 - Episode 6)

It's a reunion for all the wrong reasons when Hugh flies in for the funeral, coming face to face with his estranged children on a dark, stormy night.

The episode was rated 8.32 from 1923 votes.

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#3 - Silence Lay Steadily (Season 1 - Episode 10)

The Red Room's contents are finally revealed as the Crains return to the house to confront old ghosts, unspeakable secrets and an insatiable evil.

The episode was rated 8.20 from 1845 votes.

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#4 - Witness Marks (Season 1 - Episode 8)

A familiar terror revisits Shirley and Theo on Halloween night as Hugh and Steve go looking for Luke, who disappeared on a deadly errand.

The episode was rated 8.19 from 1798 votes.

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#5 - Screaming Meemies (Season 1 - Episode 9)

While struggling to discern dreams from reality, Olivia fears for her children's safety, a motherly instinct Mrs. Dudley urges her to embrace.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 1783 votes.

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#6 - The Altar of the Dead (Season 2 - Episode 5)

She's seen it all. The memories come flooding back for housekeeper Hannah Grose as she reflects on the living and dead trapped at Bly Manor.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 427 votes.

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#7 - The Beast in the Jungle (Season 2 - Episode 9)

The dream is done, yet danger prevails. Hannah summons the courage to act. A fate worse than death threatens everyone at Bly. Who will pay the price?

The episode was rated 8.12 from 379 votes.

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#8 - The Twin Thing (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Still wrestling with addiction -- and an unshakable fright -- a frantic Luke tries to save a friend while sensing his twin sister is in danger.

The episode was rated 8.04 from 1905 votes.

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#9 - Touch (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Keenly perceptive Theo sees shades of herself in a troubled young patient, a girl who's haunted by the menacing grin of "Mr. Smiley."

The episode was rated 8.03 from 1942 votes.

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#10 - Eulogy (Season 1 - Episode 7)

As the Crains gather to say their final goodbyes, a flashback reveals Mr. Dudley's connection to the house -- and exposes a secret in the walls.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 1793 votes.

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#11 - The Romance of Certain Old Clothes
Season 2 - Episode 8

Bly's dark origins come to light. Once the iron-willed lady of the manor, Viola becomes consumed by a monstrous rage, ensnaring all souls around her.

The episode was rated from 371 votes.
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#12 - The Two Faces, Part Two
Season 2 - Episode 7

Miles and Flora are pulled into a ghostly game. Faced with the facts, Rebecca comes to an unhappy conclusion, and Hannah makes a shattering discovery.

The episode was rated from 358 votes.
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#13 - Steven Sees a Ghost
Season 1 - Episode 1

While investigating a ghost story for his latest novel, a skeptical Steven receives a call from his sister that triggers a chain of fateful events.

The episode was rated from 2397 votes.
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#14 - Open Casket
Season 1 - Episode 2

A devastating family tragedy stirs memories of traumatic losses, reminding Shirley of her first brush with death -- and awakening long-dormant fears.

The episode was rated from 2067 votes.
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#15 - The Great Good Place
Season 2 - Episode 1

A bright-eyed American au pair hopes to make a difference caring for two orphans in a grand English manor. Yet the feeling of dread is undeniable.

The episode was rated from 539 votes.
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#16 - The Way It Came
Season 2 - Episode 4

Racked with guilt, Dani is haunted by her own heartbreaking loss. Flora and Miles find ways to cope, and Bly's staff remember the dead over a bonfire.

The episode was rated from 418 votes.
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#17 - The Jolly Corner
Season 2 - Episode 6

In denial and embroiled in his work, Henry Wingrave must reckon with himself. Dani reaches out to Jamie while Flora gets lost in the past.

The episode was rated from 375 votes.
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#18 - The Pupil
Season 2 - Episode 2

After experiencing a harrowing scare, Dani tries to teach the children a lesson. Still, the kids have an unsettling way of getting under one's skin.

The episode was rated from 467 votes.
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#19 - The Two Faces, Part One
Season 2 - Episode 3

Dani and Miles get an uncanny glimpse of the past. Peter Quint, Rebecca Jessel and their twisted history cast a long shadow.

The episode was rated from 441 votes.

Last updated: sep 10, 2022



I first thought it was another simple horror tv show. It’s deeper than that. The storyline is great and it’s very suspenseful. Although it might have some annoying lengths sometimes.


I think Mike Flanagan is quite competent in most of what he does, but nothing of his ever blew me away. This show is no different as he certainly is aware of today's tropes and crafts an unusually slow paced horror story more focused on the psychological impact of the haunting than scares, but after so many scene transitions between the story's timelines it gets quite tedious. It is really the later half of the series that tainted my enjoyment with more focus on melodramatic elements, monologues and a conclusion that had me feeling like I just wasted quite a lot of time...


==_Light Spoilers on top, with heavier spoilers to follow. This review was written specifically for the first season (and if any other seasons are made, it's a crapshoot as to whether or not I'll ever watch them, given the disappointment of the first)._== Horror and thrillers are often about tension and suspense, and _The Haunting of Hill House_ is no different. The first six episodes (honestly, more like, episode 3-6) are great build up for a payoff that never comes. The Bent-Neck Lady is a great moment of ramping up the tension, but it's not powerful enough to carry the plot on its own. The next three episodes (7-9) mostly meander about, trying to make us care about the family, and constantly posturing that the House is a place of true terror. A terror that, upon reaching the finale... simply never comes. Like [spoiler]Olivia[/spoiler], the series falls on its face, hard. ==_Heavier, but tagged, spoilers ahead._== The series advertises itself as a tense horror, but doesn't seem to want to be come the finale. Lots of plot threads never really pay off ([spoiler]like the utterly pointless floating man[/spoiler]), and the ones that do absolutely should have been built up better ([spoiler]Abigail being real felt pretty cheap, and could have been hinted at much better[/spoiler]). If the series wanted to mind fuck the audience, but not go the full horror route, they should have maintained Steven's skepticism. [spoiler]Keep Hugh out of the obvious haunting stuff, make one of the kids (probably Shirley) not see what the others see. Make the Dudleys elusive, maybe superstitious, but not clearly wrapped up in the hauntings. Maintain the question of whether Olivia (and by extension, Theo) was 'sensitive' and the House itself is haunted; or if Olivia had been schizophrenic and passed it on to her kids.[/spoiler] Alternatively, given the [spoiler]time hopping nature of the Bent-Neck Lady reveal[/spoiler], having the House bending reality around the Crains would have been an interesting mind fuck as well. [spoiler] What if, as the adult Crains beat on the door of the Red Room to attempt to get to Luke, we flash back to the children, jumping at the sound of the pounding door in the past? The banging that Theo and Shirley heard as children, actually the sound of their future selves stumbling against the walls in terror. The past and future are tangled together in the Hill House.[/spoiler] Or maybe, Hill House deals with [spoiler]Postpartum Depression, or a similar phenomena The House echoes Poppy Hill's madness, as she, in life, 'woke' her child into death to 'protect' it in a fit of insanity before killing herself. Now her ghost infects the relationships between mother and child. We see bits of it in Mrs. Dudley, and then, eventually, Poppy attempts to infect Olivia and the twins.[/spoiler] Any of these could have been precursors to a shorter version of the [spoiler]sappy, happy[/spoiler] ending we got, and still payed off all the tension built up from before. Hell, even a very typical fright fest of ghosts tormenting in the Crains in the final episode would have been predictable, and ultimately too easy, but still more satisfying. What we got instead, was a great build up to a flat ending, ultimately deflating what came before. I am the kind of person who usually says that an ending doesn't ruin the journey. A bad ending can be overwritten in your mind with something better, or ignored, as long as the journey is still great, but with a story built on suspense, the payoff becomes the backbone of the entire thing. What could have been a solid 8 or maybe a 9, with a good ending, is relegated to a 6, held up only by the fact that there were great moments of potential before it led to something flat.


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