‘Haunting of Hill House’

(Above photo source: Netflix)

The Haunting of Hill House, a 10-episode horror series launching today on Netflix, is the third adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same title.

There was little backstory in Jackson’s original about four people visiting a haunted mansion, but you can’t do a modern-day TV series without lots and lots of it. So the Netflix show not only finds five adult siblings confronting the ghosts of their past, but looks into their childhoods spent in the titular house.

The cast of The Haunting of Hill House includes Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People).

The earlier two adaptations of The Haunting of Hill House were both called just The Haunting.

The first, in 1963, was a “relatively faithful” version of Jackson’s novel produced and directed by Oscar-winner Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Sound of Music). Its cast included Tony-winner Julie Harris (for five different plays) and West Side Story’s Riff, Russ Tamblyn.

The second, in 1999, could be called “loosely based” on Jackson’s novel. The cast included Oscar-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago), Oscar-nominee Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List), Owen Wilson and Lili Taylor.

Netflix subscribers can stream The Haunting of Hill House at Netflix.com/thehauntingofhillhouse.

Both versions of The Haunting are available for streaming from various providers like Amazon, YouTube and Google Play for $2.99 SD / $3.99 HD. The 1999 version is also available to Showtime subscribers.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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