Stephen King Calls New Netflix Horror Show A Work Of Genius

by : Lucy Connolly on : 17 Oct 2018 14:38
The Haunting of Hill House.The Haunting of Hill House.Netflix

I’ve never been a fan of the horror genre. Not through the fault of the films themselves, I just never seem to be able to sit through one without hiding my face behind a pillow.


I can’t wrap my head around the fact that people choose to sit through hours of torture, knowing full well that the intention of the film or TV series is to scare you silly. Pass me a rom com any day!

Regardless, horrors continue to thrive and the latest release by Netflix has everyone sitting on the edge of their seats. The Haunting of Hill House came out on October 12 and has got a lot of tongues wagging – and mouths screaming.

If you feel like you’re up to it, you can watch the trailer below:


Terrifying, right? To be honest with you, that was the first time I’d watched it and I may have let out an accidental squeal of terror when I saw the girl sitting up from the hospital gurney.

The series follows a group of siblings who grew up in a haunted house. You may be thinking that sounds pretty standard for a horror, but rest be assured there will be plenty of twists and turns along the way.

Netflix describe the series as:

Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.

There are 10 episodes in total and all are available to binge watch on Netflix now. Obviously, I haven’t watched it but from what I’ve heard it’s one of a kind.

In fact, some people have commented how the series nearly made them pass out and prevented them from sleeping. Yep, it definitely isn’t going on my watch list…

Eek. And now the King of Horror himself has spoken. Stephen King, world-renowned author of anything horror and science fiction has called the series a ‘work of genius’, mentioning director Mike Flanagan by name.


Wow, you can’t get much better praise than that. People have alluded to the influence of King on director Flanagan for a while now, nodding to his adaptation of King’s 1992 novel Gerald’s Game and his forthcoming adaptation of Doctor Sleep, which will be released in 2020.

And it seems his influence doesn’t stop there. Consequence of Sound reviewed the much anticipated series and commented on how much of the allure and thrill of the show was reminiscent of King.

Which may explain why the King of Horror is such a fan. He posted the tweet yesterday (October 16) and said:

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, revised and remodeled by Mike Flanagan. I don’t usually care for this kind of revisionism, but this is great. Close to a work of genius, really. I think Shirley Jackson would approve, but who knows for sure.

If I was Flanagan I’d be heading home to edit my CV straightaway – top line: Stephen King said my Netflix series was a work of genius. I bet he’d be getting job offers from all over the place.

Despite my hate of horror and the fact that I actually fear for my life every time I watch one, I may actually have to give this one a try. Wish me luck!

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Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).

Topics: Film and TV


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  1. Netflix

    The Haunting of Hill House

  2. Consequence of Sound

    TV Review: Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House Screams of Stephen King