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‘The Haunting of Hill House’ and the Literary Tradition of Horror

Happy Halloween! If you are a horror fan and you haven’t watched the Netflix adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s masterpiece The Haunting of Hill House, I highly recommend you sit down for the ten hours it takes to watch it all. If you have read the book the series is based upon you will realize that it is the definition of a very loose adaptation. Many names are recycled, plot points reused, and broad strokes painted, but in the end the story is very different. And this is a good thing. 

 

The Haunting of Hill House already received a very faithful cinematic treatment in 1969’s The Haunting from director Robert Wise (with an accompanying terrible American remake in 1999). It was refreshing to see a familiar story get a new take from Netflix, this time focusing on the scariest thing of all: family.

 

In the original novel, the Crain family were the landowners and builders of Hill House, all of whom were driven insane and died in various horrible ways by the malevolent presence in their home. The Netflix show recasts them as a family of home flippers who have invested in the haunted Hill House as their latest project. The familial drama as it relates to the supernatural projects of the house takes center stage this time around, and it’s powerful stuff.

 

I’ve long held that most modern horror films and television shows are terrible, because they so often lack the very literary roots of the genre. Genuinely good horror delves so deep into the subconscious that it’s nothing but inky blackness obscuring our true fears. The fear of death, your own or a loved ones. The fear of mental illness, real or imagined. And of course, the fear of the unknown, the actual ghosts.

 

This is where the screen, big or small, so often fails. Subconscious is notoriously difficult to portray visually. Many Stephen King adaptations fail miserably because the internalization of his characters is so important. The Haunting of Hill House succeeds spectacularly at delving into the traumatized members of the Crain family. All five children and both parents receive an episode in the limelight where we really get to know them as people, and how the House has come to envelop their lives and poison their relationships with one another. 

 

Subtlety is sorely lacking in contemporary horror, and while the series does indulge in a few jump scare moments, the real horror lurks around the edges of the screen. Just take a look at all the hidden horror in between frames. This is the cinematic equivalent of reading and then rereading a passage in a book over and over again, going back because you’re sure you’ve missed something. I often did this while reading The Haunting of Hill House and similar fare. The dread is palpable.

 

I’ve said it, and I’ll say it again. The best horror has its feet firmly in a literary tradition. It’s less about the demon girl popping up behind you in the mirror and screaming her undead lungs off, and more about the circumstances of the demon girl’s death, and her state of mind when she surrendered her soul to Satan, or what have one. One makes you jump out of your seat for a few moments, the other stays with you for years.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season to Be Released Later Than We Thought

We’re a little over half-way through 2018, and fans are still waiting eagerly for more details on the last season of Game of Thrones. But it looks they might have to wait a little longer than previously planned.

 

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The Huffington Post reports that the show is rumored to air in April 2019 instead of earlier in the year, as it was previously thought. I guess it’s going to be a long winter for many fans of the show. In an interview with Metro, Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, let slip:

 

We wrap in December and we air our first episode in April [2019]. That’s a four-month turnaround for these huge episodes. There’s a lot that goes into the final edit. You would not want to rush this season at all. We owe it to our audience and our fans to really do this final season to the best of our abilities.

 

So in order to make this finale remarkable there’s going to be a lot of editing done, meaning heavy post-production. But I’m pretty sure it will be worth the wait.

 

Head of HBO programming Casey Bloys originally said the show would be released in the first half of the year.

 

Game of Thrones has always received many nominations and accolades from prestigious award ceremonies, but it looks like it might miss the mark for the Emmy’19 awards. In order to qualify the show must be released between June 1st, 2018 to May 31st, 2019.

 

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A prequel series is set to begin shooting in February, and the visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer says the show won’t be ready until May 2019, meaning it won’t make the 2019 Emmys either. Because of the heavy editing, Bauer said “So much of it comes down to timing and all that stuff. The situation changes every week. I know I’m not doing anything else but Thrones until May of next year.”

 

So, fans, you might want to recap the series, because it is looking like a late spring or early summer release for the final season of Game of Thrones. But there’s a teaser you can watch for the new season if you click here! (FYI its only three seconds long…)

 

 

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Vonnegut Fans! ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ Is Coming to TV!

Epix is developing Kurt Vonnegut’s acclaimed novel Slaughterhouse Five for TV, Variety reports.

 

The book was previously made into a critically acclaimed film by director George Roy Hill, which won the Cannes Grand Jury prize in 1972  

 

Released in 1969, Kurt Vonnegut’s literary masterpiece is often listed as one of the best books of the 20th century. It was considered controversial for its interesting take on the destructiveness of war and the idea of free will. Slaughterhouse Five follows a young man named Billy Pilgrim and his experiences time traveling in WWII.

 

 

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Universal Cable productions are producing an Slaughterhouse Five TV series for Epix.

Patrick MacManus,known for his work in Syfy comedy series Happy! has announced that he will be an executive producer and writer for the upcoming series. Award-winning director Kari Skogland, who was recently nominated for an Emmy for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale,  will be directing.

 

As yet, there has been no word about when this production will be released.  

 

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