Earlier this year, Netflix announced a ten-part series set in the world of Shirley Jackson’s classic haunted house novel The Haunting of Hill House. Today, they released a new trailer for the series that is unadulterated nightmare fuel.
Jackson’s novel told the story of Hill House, a mansion built by a monster in the guise of a man named Hugh Crain. Four people descend upon the house to investigate its secrets, but one, Eleanor Vance, seems drawn to its history more than the rest.
As Eleanor slowly loses her grip on reality, Hill House and its maker awaken from their long slumber and the terror really begins.
The novel has already spawned two feature adaptations. In 1963, Julie Harris took on the pivotal role of Elanor/Nell in Robert Wise’s version, and indie darling and genre mainstay Lili Taylor reprised the role in Jan de Bont’s oft-maligned take in 1999.
In the new series, created by Mike Flanagan (Hush, Gerald’s Game), four people who grew up in Hill House must return to the the storied site and they find themselves trapped, not only by the spirits, but also by the trauma created by their childhood experiences in the house.
This new trailer isn’t playing around as the young children tell the stories of the nightmares plaguing their sleep intercut with scenes of their adult lives playing out those bad dreams in terrifying ways.
Flanagan and the team at Netflix have assembled an all-star cast for the project.
Timothy Hutton (The Dark Half) and Henry Thomas (ET) will both play Hugh Crain, and Carla Gugino, who gave a heart-stopping performance in last year’s Gerald’s Game for which she won this year’s iHorror Award for Best Actress in a Horror Movie, will star as Olivia, the matriarch of the family whose children have returned.
The cast also includes Elizabeth Reaser (The Twilight Saga), Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Raven), and Victoria Pedretti (Sole).
Check out the new trailer for The Haunting of Hill House below and prepare yourselves for its debut on October 12, 2018!