My teenagerhood was filled with horror movies and over the years I have lost the appetite for them. However, I thought this tv series was good enough. Extremely acceptable writing. I would def recommend it.
Starts with a bang and ends on a whimper... overall the first part of the season was stronger and scarier. But let's be honest, for a horror show this was quite intense. Occasionally I had to watch an episode of American Horror Story: Apocalypse afterwards, just to lighten the mood and feel better.
By introducing a sense of cosmic horror, with Hill House and its apparitions existing unstuck from time, director Mike Flanagan adds another welcome layer to Shirley Jackson's literary masterpiece. Easily the most technically accomplished feat of Flanagan's promising young career, this Netflix series serves as the perfect vehicle to explore his signature themes, including family and the inheritance of trauma.
An overhyped series that offers tepid chills and long winded second rate human drama. It all feels so safe and without any risk involved that it becomes mostly boring to witness the grating exposition of the characters' journey from past to present. And for a horror series it is remarkably bland and does not even get near any semblance of true dread och horror.
The score is an aggregate. So much of this fantasia on Jackson's towering ruin of a novel--it sure as hell house ain't an adaptation--is so good and so rich with real feeling and earned desolation that I just can't for the life of me believe that Mike Flanagan really blew the conclusion so sudsily, so clumsily, and with such corn-addled, mawkish revisionism. But episode five, not sane, was perfect, shattering, awake.
HHH is a carnival roller coaster: tension mounting along the slow ascent; sitting atop the crest with eps 5 and 6; then a fast plunge into disappointment. Among some real thrills, chills, artistry and storytelling, there's a great story...until the last few eps. The editors deserve massive accolades, and the casting was spot on, but it was all squandered DAMN IT on an ending difficult to "stomach." 2.5 stars
Absolutely blown away by this - honestly didn’t even know this was being made until it released. More family drama than straight out horror, but it still packs enough traditional scares to keep you on edge. The actors playing Nell and Luke (young and old) both shine. Ep 5 of this series ranks with the best episodes of TV I’ve seen. But please Netflix don’t do a 2nd season, this one stands on its own.
I loved the book. I really appreciated the human drama component of this more than the horror itself. It's a decent effort considering how much the book focused on pretty much empty space as a catalist for fear, it would be nearly impossible to translate that to screen. It's visually beautiful.