By now you’ve probably heard the incredible buzz on one of Netflix’s newest shows: The Haunting of Hill House. The ten-episode series, based on Shirley Jackson’s iconic horror novel of the same name, was created, directed, and executive produced by Mike Flanagan, whose credits include Oculus, Gerald’s Game, and Ouija: Origin of Evil. The story explores a group of siblings who grew up as children in what would become the most famous haunted house in the country. Now adults, the family must come face to face with their past in a very ghostly way.
Shortly before the series premiered, I got to sit down with Michiel Huisman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Elizabeth Reaser for an exclusive video interview after seeing the first few episodes. They talked about getting to work with Mike Flanagan and Netflix, how much they knew about the arc of the season before filming began, memorable moments from filming, how they shot the sixth episode (which was shot like a play with extremely long takes), the autopsy scene with the graphic blood and guts, and more.
While there are a lot of great choices on Netflix right now, I absolutely recommend checking out The Haunting of Hill House. It’s extremely well done and absolutely worth your time. The series also stars Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, Lulu Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Paxton Singleton, Violet McGraw, and Julian Hilliard.
Check out what they had to say in the player above and below is a list of what we talked about followed by the official synopsis.
Michiel Huisman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Elizabeth Reaser:
- What was it like working with Mike Flanagan and Netflix?
- How much did they know about the arc of the season or were they finding out script by script?
- They talk about memorable moments from filming.
- How they shot episode six like a play with extremely long takes.
- Elizabeth Reaser talks about filming the autopsy scene and the graphic blood and guts.
- The incredible practical sets.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Haunting of Hill House:
A modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s iconic novel, The Haunting of Hill House explores a group of siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country. Now adults, and forced back together in the face of tragedy, the family must finally confront the ghosts of their past — some of which still lurk in their minds while others may actually be stalking the shadows of Hill House. Created, directed and executive-produced by horror mastermind Mike Flanagan, The Haunting of Hill House is a complex family drama wrapped in a chilling horror story. Trevor Macy serves as executive producer alongside Flanagan. Meredith Averill acts as co-showrunner and executive producer. Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank executive produce, as well.