Hush Is a Quietly Unsettling Blend of Slasher and Home Invasion Horror

Horror director Mike Flanagan is on quite the roll. Two years ago, Flanagan helmed the sequel to the lame Ouija film, Ouija: Origin of Evil. To everyone’s surprise, his sequel was a vast improvement and a damn good horror film. Last year, Flanagan took one of Stephen King’s ‘unfilmable’ Gerald’s Game, and delivered one of 2017’s better horror […]

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The Twin Thing – Hill House Torments Luke in Episode 4

Episode 4 of The Haunting of Hill House, entitled The Twin Thing, is a Luke-centric story. In the cold open, we a young Luke explaining to someone that no one believes him about the ‘thing’ in the basement. As a side note, young Luke is absolutely adorable. Poor Luke – he’s even gone tot he […]

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The Haunting of Hill House: Ep 3 – Touch

The Haunting of Hill House’s third episode, Touch, is a Theo-centric episode. To date, Theo has probably had the least amount of screen time. Played by Kate Siegel, who previously starred in Mike Flanagan’s Hush, Theo is the child psychologist and Crain family member who seemingly always wears gloves. The Past So far in The […]

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Open Casket Bookends Past and Present in Hill House

Episode 2 of The Haunting of Hill House, entitled Open Casket, is a Shirley-centric episode. As its title suggests, both the flashbacks and present timeline revolve around an open casket funeral. More specifically, Open Casket explores how the oldest sister, Shirley, deals with trauma or ‘fixes’ things around her. The Past The past flashbacks open […]

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Steven Sees a Ghost: Welcome to Hill House

Netflix finally debuted its hotly anticipated horror series, The Haunting of Hill House, this past Friday. Acclaimed horror director Mike Flanagan serves as the series creator. To date, Flanagan has helmed several well-regarded horror films including Oculus, Hush, and Gerald’s Game.  Hill House is loosely inspired by the 1959 Shirley Jackson novel, which has already spawned a […]

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Lock the Doors: The Best Home Invasion Horror Films

With the belated sequel to The Strangers (2007), The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018), finally getting released tomorrow, it’s a good time to look back on some of the better examples of one of horror’s more popular subgenres – the ‘home invasion’ film. Horror films have long exploited suburban home dwellers’ fears of outside evils […]

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