First Look at Netflix’s New Adaptation of THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

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Teresa Preston

Staff Writer

Since 2008, Teresa Preston has been blogging about all the books she reads at Shelf Love. She supports her book habit by working as a magazine editor at a professional association in the Washington, DC, area, which is (in)conveniently located just a few steps from a used bookstore. When she’s not reading or editing, she’s likely to be attending theatre, practicing yoga, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer again, or doting on her toothless orange cat, Anya. Twitter: @teresareads

Fans of the classic Shirley Jackson novel The Haunting of Hill House (and haunted house stories in general) have something to get excited about this fall, as a 10-episode series inspired by the novel is coming to Netflix on October 12th.

The series, directed by Mike Flanagan, appears to be a loose adaptation of the book. Instead of a group of researchers and psychics, this version will follow a family that grew up in the house as they return to face the memories that have haunted them for years.

I confess that I’m a little skeptical of this different take on the story. The creepiness of the story, to me, is less in the haunted house itself and more in Eleanor Vance’s relationship with the house. But, still, I was excited to see the new still images from the series.

Take a look at the house itself:

Promotional image of Hill House from the Netflix series. A large, run-down, spooky house, surrounded by fog.

Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and door were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.

See the Entertainment Weekly story for more images.

And check out the Twitter feed for a video tour of the house and lots of creepy photos: