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Why Critics Are Raving About The Haunting Of Hill House

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Reimagining Jackson's classic tale of a paranormal investigation revolving around a haunted house, the TV adaptation seems like it will focus on the energy and tone of the Gothic tale rather than its storyline outright - offering something for fans old and new in the process.

The Haunting Of Hill House has appeared on screen before however, with both a faithful 1963 version and a less appealing 1999 version that then served as the basis for Scary Movie 2. Both were simply titled 'The Haunting', so retain an air of separation from this new project, which in the case of the later movie can only be a good thing for most watchers. The fact that the novel has so much potential for recreation, as well as a few attempts already under its belt, is obviously a plus for some impressive writing as well.

That Mike Flanagan will be helming the direction is another strong mark in its favour. Previously releasing the amazing home invasion movie Hush, and the excellent adaptation of Stephen King's novel Gerald's Game (also starring Carla Gugino who will be in this series), Flanagan's track record with Netflix is one of quality.

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