One of the best series of the year is one of terror of which little had been spoken until it was released. The Curse of Hill House (on Netflix) is scary, very scary. It includes some ghastly fright, of those of sudden appearance and screaming at full volume that makes you jump out of the chair. But they are the least. The fear of The Curse of Hill House it is the one that gets into your bones, the one that makes you look under the bed before you go to sleep or hear a noise and pray that the lady with the crooked neck or the man in the bowler hat will not appear before you.
The 10 chapters of this production, based on the gothic horror novel by Shirley Jackson from 1959 The haunted house, They tell the story of the Crain family, the two parents and their five children, who moves to a mansion with the intention of reforming it and selling it a few days later. The plot is narrated in two times, the past, with all the clan in the house, and the present, with the brothers already adults and far from the big house, and with continuous temporary jumps.
We will not go into the details of the argument so as not to spoil surprises. Neither is necessary, because beyond fear (which, we insist, it gives, and a lot), in reality what Mike Flanagan, responsible for the adaptation and director of the series, accomplishes is to give horror story form to a fund of family drama with a lot of This Is Us or of Two meters underground. In the first half of the story, Flanagan shows, through a complex and perfectly embedded puzzle where all the pieces are in place, to characters chased by ghosts of those who are seen and those who are not. From different perspectives, a story of terror is built, based on very earthly conflicts, personal fears, day-to-day dramas. And that's precisely why it's so scary.
The atmosphere of the series is 10. The interpretations are up to the task (those of the children stand out, how scared the children are, poor children). The script has been perfectly drawn. The mastery in the assembly reaches its climax in the brilliant fifth episode, which closes the web that has been created to make way for a sixth chapter in which Flanagan allows himself the technical luxury of following very long sequences in chains and making it clear that This series is really a potent family drama of characters. Therefore, although it is very scary throughout the series, it is normal to end up crying in the last chapter. Because it is a horror story but it is also a drama. An outstanding dramón.