The Haunting, the 1963 movie adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, remains one of my favorite horror movies. The filmmakers understood that the novel was effective because it was understated and relied on a sustained sense that something in the house just wasn’t right. A ghost that jumps out of a closet and screams “Boogedy-boogedy!” is something that an audience can deal with; the thing that never shows its disembodied face keeps us on the edge of our seats.
It’s no surprise that Hollywood could take such a simple formula and screw it up. That’s how we ended up with 1999’s CGIfest of a remake, which substituted what made the original great with the exact thing that would have ruined it.
Now Netflix is trying their hand at The Haunting of Hill House with an original series:
Carla Gugino…is one of the leads in Netflix’s 10-episode straight-to-series modern re-imagining of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel, “The Haunting of Hill House”, reports Deadline.
The Netflix version of “The Haunting of Hill House” draws from the original classic ghost story while expanding on the mythology of the Crane family.
My hope is that Netflix didn’t give the producers the kind of budget that could turn something potentially great into garbage.