The Fear of God: The Haunting of Hill House

13 Apr

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss the Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House.

One Response to “The Fear of God: The Haunting of Hill House”

  1. FictionIsntReal April 13, 2019 at 11:47 pm #

    I was wary of the idea of adapting the relatively brief Haunting of Hill House into a ten episode (Netflix craves content!) family drama with a bunch of added characters, but Flanagan was a good enough writer/director to keep me watching his well-executed bad idea. I think it absolutely face-plants at the ending. The one thing we’ve learned about Hill House is that it is evil and only deceives people into thinking they can get anything good out of it (Nell’s episode should make that clear). Flanagan said that the family had suffered too much to give them an unhappy ending, but that’s not the logic of a place like Hill House. It’s the logic of feel-good family drama. Actually, even The Americans, which blended family drama with the espionage genre, had a less sappy ending. And that never even aspired to inhuman horror! I’m ok with some horror films having happy endings, but a story like this can’t give such a thing to characters we already saw doomed by the House. Unless maybe the evil in the house is destroyed, which would be a different sort of story.

    The Blatty quote reminded me of the contrasting heavy metal slogan “Only death is real”. That’s a bit absolute, but closer to the truth in that it is real rather than a liar.

    I’m not dead, but I think I’ve done a solid job of avoiding any vulnerabilities. It seems entirely feasible. My life is not a story created to entertain anyone, so I avoid incident in favor of predictability.

    He doesn’t mean the same thing, but Andrew Gelman has the saying “God is in the leaf of every tree“.

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