In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ll be well aware of Netflix’s smash new horror series ‘The Haunting Of Hill House’ which is taking the internet by storm.
It’s a series so frightening that various outlets have claimed it’s caused people to throw up, pass out, faint etc., which is absolutely not true because I fail to believe any fictional TV show can have that great of an affect on someone.
Maybe I’m sceptical because this genre just really isn’t my cup of tea; I had a traumatic experience with The Exorcist as a kid when my dad though my 10 year-old self was ready to watch one of the most infamously disturbing films of all time.
Needless to say it didn’t end well and I lost all love for horror – and my dad to some extent – on that fateful day.
Nevertheless, The Haunting Of Hill House is causing quite a stir; if you haven’t already seen it already, you can check out the nightmare-inducing trailer below:
Given that it was only released on Friday, The Haunting of Hill House already has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes – not that that really counts for much, Spy Kids has a 93% rating – with many fans hailing it as a better show than American Horror Story.
But in the world of the horror genre, no praise is higher than that of spook icon Stephen King, who has waded in with his own take on the show.
Taking to Twitter, the legendary author wrote:
“I don’t usually care for this kind of revisionism, but this is great. Close to a work of genius, really. I think Shirley Jackson would approve, but who knows for sure.”
For those of you who don’t know, Shirley Jackson is the late author of the novel whose Mike Flanagan’s Netflix adaptation is based on.
Many people have even alluded to the influence of King on Flanagan’s work, with the latter working as a director on 2017’s Gerald’s Game – a film based on the 1992 King novel of the same name.
The general consensus online was that King had got it spot on:
It IS scary! But so good!
— Southern_Girl (@iwannaberunning) 17 October 2018
I loved this show, but it needs to come w/a warning label. Don’t watch it right before you have to go to bed if you don’t have a nightlight.
— tech-dinosaur (@Tech_Dino_45) 17 October 2018
Love this show. I binge watched the entire season yesterday.
— A Stout-Eveld 🏳️🌈 (@AStoutEveld) 17 October 2018
People really do place a lot of weight on what King says about horror.
It’s like when Chrissy Teigen tweets about anything ever – you can guarantee there will be a Buzzfeed article on it.
Still, if the man himself has taken the time out of his busy writing schedule to praise it, it’s probably something worth checking out.
You can count me out, though – the trauma caused by The Exorcist still haunts me to this day.
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