'Haunting of Hill House' Netflix Trailer: Welcome Home. Never Sleep Again.

Welcome home. Never sleep again. Shirley Jackson’s acclaimed 1959 horror novel The Haunting of Hill House is coming to life as a new Netflix series, and the first trailer is so bone-chilling spooky, it might earn a permanent spot in your annual Halloween marathon.

On Wednesday, Netflix sent chills up everyone’s spines when the streaming giant released the trailer for The Haunting of Hill House, starring Michiel Huisman (Orphan Black), Carla Gugino (Wayward Pines), and Kate Siegel (Ouija: Origin of Evil). The series debuts on October 12.

In a change from the novel, the series appears to follow a normal, if somewhat large family plagued by the mysterious Hill House, a decrepit mansion that is clearly not a very hospitable place to grow up. The kids grow up resenting their mother (Gugino), but in their adulthood realize what kind of horrors actually plagued them during their adolescence.

In Jackson’s original novel, a paranormal investigator rents the Hill House for a summer, inviting three others with previous supernatural experiences to stay with him. Soon enough, the house’s otherworldly powers overwhelms the guests to the point of psychotic breaks.

Nearly 60 years since its initial publication, Jackson’s novel has endured as a renowned gem of horror literature. It has been cited as a favorite by the likes of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Carmen Maria Machado, and Dan Simmons.

In a 2010 essay by Sophie Missing for The Guardian, Missing wrote that Jackson “treats her material – which could be reduced to penny dreadful stuff in less deft hands – with great skill and subtlety,” and that the true horror isn’t in the house, but “in the unexplored recesses of its characters’ … minds. This is perhaps why it remains the definitive haunted house story.”

See the poster for the series below.


The Haunting of Hill House hits Netflix on October 12.

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