It’s official, Netflix have struck gold with their latest horror outing, The Haunting of Hill House, earning all kinds of critical acclaim and scaring the life out of just about everyone.
It’s so good, even Stephen King couldn’t help but give it his coveted blessing, describing the show as a ‘work of genius’ – pretty big praise from the king of horror stories himself.
Now, someone on Tumblr has developed their own theory surrounding the family the show focuses on and it seems to make a whole lot of sense.
That’s right, this particular theory hones in on the infamous stages of grief, with each character representing a different stage.
Steve is denial. He doesn’t believe any of the things that happened at Hill House.
Shirley is anger. She’s angry when she’s a child, and she’s angry when she grows up. Especially towards Steve who she feels exploited the family to write his book.
Theo is bargaining. She pleads with the universe to give her back her power of touch when she feels Nell and sees nothing.
Luke is depression. Kind of goes without saying, doesn’t it?
Nell is acceptance. She accepts what happened, and accepts her fate.
If you’re not convinced, there’s another little gem that you may not have picked up on.
The siblings order of birth is also the order of the stages.
Did you know that there’s loads of hidden ghosts all the way through the series?
Viral Thread managed to find every single one of the Easter eggs, but here’s our favourites:
Did you manage to spot them all?
Before The Haunting of Hill House even came out, it was getting people talking by the fact it had a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. Mike Flanagan’s spooky series is sitting pretty well after its release, with an impressive score of 92%.
So it’s no surprise that Netflix is already ‘in talks’ to get more episodes out of the show in the form of a second series.
Speaking to JOE, Michiel Huisman (Steven Crain) said: “Well, you know what. Very early on, when we were still shooting this show, we had conversations about what a second season could look like and I think that one of the crazy things about Mike (Flanagan) is that he is an infinite well of ideas and stories.
“I don’t think he ever sleeps! There are possibilities – if the show is a hit – to create a second season and still be in this world of Hill House.”
The only problem with the series is that people can’t handle the spookiness.
Who is watching the Haunting of Hill House because I need to talk about it , potentially in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep because I’m now afraid of the dark
— Katelyn ⭐️⭐️ (@Now_Voyageur) 15 October 2018
The Haunting of Hill House on @NetflixUK is one of the most terrifying, nail biting, hide behind the couch, don’t even breath, I’m going to pass out from fear things I have ever watched. In. My. Life.
— Baby Jane (@babyjanequeen) 13 October 2018
Watching the Haunting of hill house makes me afraid of every noise, every shadow, every reflection in my house…
I can’t sleep at night, because I’m scared to close my eyes, but I can’t wait to watch a new episode each night…
— Georgie Woollacott (@omgitsgeorgie) 15 October 2018
Retelling Shirley Jackson’s novel from 1959, The Haunting of Hill house will hopefully do better than the last adaptation. For anyone who’s ever sat through it, 1999’s The Haunting — with Liam Neeson, Owen Wilson, and Catherine Zeta-Jones — was a pretty lame attempt at bringing Jackson’s story to life.
Flagan is clearly aiming for a very different version as his series focuses on a group of siblings who grew up in the house of horrors and are forced to head back there to confront their past.
Changing just enough of Jackson’s tale of terror seems to have worked in Flanagan’s favour, meaning The Haunting of Hill House is all anyone’s talking about.
Horror shows like American Horror Story and Channel Zero have been scaring us for a few years now, but some are already calling The Haunting of Hill House the first “great” horror series. Flanagan’s knack for horrors like Hush, Before I Wake, and Gerald’s Game has definitely paid off if the critics’ consensus is anything to go by.
With creepy kids, family drama, and a generous dose of PTSD, the 10-episode series is the perfect Halloween binge. Netflix has plenty of horror favourites to keep us busy in October, but The Haunting of Hill House is a modern twist on an aging genre.