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"If only Matheson had left it at that! Unfortunately, the teacup explosion is merely the prelude to an all-out psychic assault that reduces the room to shambles." This is exactly what I find so frustrating in horror movies and books produced today, it's all so overboard that it becomes absurd and ridiculous.

In contrast, a book such as "The Turn of the Screw," which is one of the most unsettling books I've ever read, horrifies so subtly and uncannily, and is so far more effective. I tried to pick it up to read it a second time a few weeks ago, and just couldn't, not at night at least.

I do believe Dr. Barret was right though, and that living creatures do leave an impression on places. When I visited Paris once, after a long day of rambling around, I came to the Place de la Concorde, and felt overwhelming feelings of desolation. I later found out that this was where the executions were held during the French Revolution. I have experienced similar feelings in other places, but never so bad as that.

I see this post was written shortly before the Netflix version of The Haunting of Hill House was released. I am curious to know what Michael thinks of it.

I have not read the book or seen the well known movie, but I gather from Wikipedia's summaries that this "re-imagining" of the story is a very elaborate updating, although it sounds as if it is true to some of themes of the book.

I have not yet finished watching it - only two episodes to go - but I have found it to be entertaining and mostly well done. I find the flashback parts the best; some of the shouty, sweary arguments between the adult children are not so well written and feel less convincing. Overall, though, the story has drawn me in.

As for the scary bits, for want of a better word: they are usually handled with a very pleasing build up of quiet tension, and a satisfying scare that is (usually) not too grotesque, in an old fashioned haunted house sort of way. Jump scares are not overused, but some of them work a treat.

I have read that some people are so happy with the final episode, so we'll see.

I haven’t watched the Netflix series, but I think the original movie is one of the better supernatural dramas I’ve seen. Of course, Shirley Jackson’s book leaves Matheson's in the dust.

Just to update my previous comment: I meant to say "some people are not so happy with the final episode..." but you probably guessed that.

I have now finished the series, and found the final episode satisfying enough. I'm not sure I would have handled it - if I were screenwriting it - the same way (there is one key reveal that I think could have been done better), but overall, I liked it.

I'm surprised, Michael, that you haven't viewed it. It does seem quite aligned with your interests.:)

It really does deserve more hype!! Thanks for recommendation.

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