‘The curse of Hill House’: chapters perfect and some altibajo for an adaptation which will mark the terror of television

'The curse of Hill House': chapters perfect and some altibajo for an adaptation that will make the terror tv

we are Not of conspiracy theories around here, but it is well to point out a mere coincidence statistics. When we published our enthusiastic review of ‘The curse of Hill House’ was from the six chapters that we gave Netflix for your viewing, a little more than half of the ten total. Of impeccable quality, he ended on a note very high: the flawless conclusion of chapter five, and perhaps my favorite moment of the set, and that raises the idea more ingenious of the series. And the spectacular chapter six, full of ideas lurid, and with a mise-en-scene and a climate of fatalism and personal.

from the seven, and except for a slight comeback in the tenth and final (which also includes, to compensate, some of the scenes most unnecessarily ñoñas and explanatory of the series), ‘The curse of Hill House’ is entangled in its own plot. the become confused and complacent, and compromises on repeat again and again what they already told us, throws us appearances and spectra of a banality that clashes with the elegance and exquisite taste of previous episodes, and minimizes the mystery master of the house to crush time and time again a family drama that has been very well explained previously.

¿Conspiracy of Netflix to hide episodes manifestly more loose? As I say, the conspiracy theories we are not going, and the explanation may be rather more pragmatic. Simply, it is very difficult to keep the tension for ten hours you don’t want to loosen at any moment, the oppressive atmosphere inherited from the novel by Shirley Jackson to which, on the other hand, Mike Flanagan ignores considerably in the argument. It is normal that the interest renquee past a couple of revelations that the series does not know very well how to overcome. What makes that ‘The curse of Hill House’ in the production of terror failed? Even remotely. What would have worked better with six episodes? No doubt.

But what we have is there and, stretched and all, with the final strap-on or without it, what is certain is that in the something the clonic world of fiction, ghostly, standardized in excess by the success of the productions of Blumhouse and unified under the canon (and blockbuster) ‘Record Warren’ and variations, ‘The curse of Hill House’ is a breath of fresh air. the Classic but innovative, beautiful in visual but without more objections than necessary, Mike Flanagan moves away from the trends of fashion with a series full of interesting details.

‘The curse of Hill House’: the house hungry

The first disappointment that you can expect the fan from the novel by Shirley Jackson, or the extraordinary pre-adaptation of Robert Wise, 1963, ‘The haunted house’, is that the version of Mike Flanagan for Netflix retains very little of both. There are some concept related with the nature of the house and his need to consume innocent souls, although in this case we do not have that door to hell in the style of ‘The sentinel’ which has often been linked to the novel of Jackson. You will also maintain surface characteristics of some characters (sexual orientation, perceptions, extrasensory), a name and little more.

On this occasion, we have a family (a couple and their five children) which makes it a little more than two decades came to Hill House to renovate it and sell it. What happened here would forever mark the relationships between them, and until the very end of the series we will not have all the exact details. That aspect of the script, without a doubt one of the most complex, it maintains interest until the end and spine of a concept of time as a series of layers which run simultaneously, overlapping each other, and that causes the narrative to blow flashback, so the style of the television current. But thanks to the exquisite form of Flanagan to visualize the different temporal lines, it goes beyond the gimmick argument and becomes part of the discourse.


The mode that has Flanagan dosing the impacts and tension, without resorting to cheap scares and (almost) no images manidas, is quite an achievement in ten hours of supernatural phenomena almost uninterrupted (although not at a feverish pace, there is also to say it).

The freedoms that are taken with Shirley Jackson are already a matter of taste: particularly I find it more attractive to the hunters of ghosts of the original, but it is true that Flanagan finds a way to connect the fiction of Jackson with the family traumas/spectral type Stephen King (especially ‘The shining’) and get out more than victorious efforts.

The above-mentioned apparitions of the Woman’s Neck Broken, the exquisite compositions of planes-influenced by trends in art, especially painting, ranging from the american gothic us to a certain precioismo neo-classical, tinged with strangeness and aroma fantastique – or the superb performances, especially of the children, they mark a cleat important in the new horror television. the Finding a language that is more calm, more atmospheric that they require the films, Flanagan calligraphy a new way of plasmas nightmares on screen. Yes, of course there are drawbacks: since the details of the adaptation to the falls casual pace, but it is undisputed that, above all, ‘The curse of Hill House’ is a real milestone.

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‘The curse of Hill House’: chapters perfect and some altibajo for an adaptation which will mark the terror of television
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October 18, 2018

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