The Haunting of Hill House: Extended Director’s Cut (2018) (Blu-ray Review)
Starring: Timothy Hutton, Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser
Rated: TV-MA/Region A/2:00/1080p/Number of Discs 3
Available from Paramount Pictures
“THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE” is the critically acclaimed, modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s legendary novel about five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America. Now adults, they’re reunited by the suicide of their youngest sister, which forces them to finally confront the ghosts of their pasts… some of which lurk in their minds… and some of which may really be lurking in the shadows of the iconic Hill House.
While I do have Netflix and I do watch Netflix I must admit that I never sit down to actually watch The Haunting of Hill House until this Blu-ray release. That is probably just as well seeing how this release has three extended episodes and commentary. None the less, you might (as I did before) question how to take the story of a haunted house and extend it to 10 episodes. Well, this is a telling of a haunted house like you’ve never seen before. The story bounces around from past to present and in between. The first four episodes are each dedicated to a different kid from the house that experiences the tragedy that this show is all about. That type of storytelling is what keeps you interested and believe me when I tell you that I was interested in this one. The plot is very interesting. It might be so interesting to a point that I’d say the ghost stuff is just an added bonus. The cast is great, the plot can break your heart and scare you to death all in the same episodes, and it is just an overall really solid horror experience, even if it doesn’t get in too big of a hurry.
And believe me, when I tell you that we have a ghost story on our hands here. I’m sure you’ve heard this by now, but we have creepy things even hiding in the dark in the background and the sides of the screen during different tense scenes. You might not catch all of that at first but when you do see what is going on it can catch your attention. This show does a lot of small things like that which I feel really works to keep you on the edge. It even tosses a few jump scares at you here and there, some by way of just good editing. I’ve liked about everything I’ve seen from director Mike Flanagan. This is no different! The Haunting of Hill House is solid stuff!
– Steven Sees a Ghost Extended Director’s Cut
– Steven Sees a Ghost Extended Director’s Cut Commentary by Director Mike Flanagan
– The Bent-Neck Lady Extended Director’s Cut
– The Bent-Neck Lady Extended Director’s Cut Commentary by Director Mike Flanagan
– Two Storms Commentary by Director Mike Flanagan
– Silence Lay Steadily Extended Director’s Cut
– Silence Lay Steadily Extended Director’s Cut Commentary by Director Mike Flanagan
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 98%