After teasing fans three weeks ago with a vaguely supernatural promotional clip, Netflix has finally released a full trailer for The Haunting of Hill House. Horror director Mike Flanagan of Absentia and Hush fame is at the helm, adapting the series from a 1959 gothic horror novel by prolific author Shirley Jackson. Starring such actors as Timothy Hutton, Carla Gugino, and young scream queen Lulu Wilson, the show will continue a pattern for Netflix of taking older movies, some of which like the 1999 remake of the same title, and repackaging them for the small screen streaming service.
The trailer focuses on a conversation between Gugino's maternal character and her children where they relay their terrifying concern that they'll have vivid nightmares outlining their own demise, asking questions like "What if I dream that you sent us away into the dark and we get hurt? And what if I'm so sad and scared of the dark out there that I put poison in me for years and years until my blood turns into poison?"
Flanagan certainly understands and fully utilizes the innate ability kids have to convey creepiness with their precocious and often shocking statements. A frighted Gugino's face contorts as she listens to the horrors as a vignette of chilling scenes acts out behind the narration.
The Haunting of Hill House will be available for streaming on October 12th via Netflix.