Last week I wrote about how I had no intention of watching the new Netflix series THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE—not that I *could* watch it even if I wanted to, as it’s available only by streaming and I can’t stream—yes, there are still places in the continental United States where it is not possible to get streaming services; Sand Mountain, Alabama is one of those places—because I hold the 1963 cinematic adaptation of the Shirley Jackson novel, Robert Wise’s masterpiece THE HAUNTING, in such high regards. (Seriously, if you’ve never seen it, you are culturally deprived. You need to remedy that. Every self-respecting Horror mark ought to be familiar with that film.) To paraphrase that famous line from BLAZING SADDLES: “We don’t need no steen-king remakes!” But the reviews for the show are excellent. Stephen King loves it. Everybody seems to love it. And, too, I am a sucker for a good gimmick.
The series is hiding ghosts in each episode. Part of the fun of watching, I am told, is seeing if you can spot the ghosts that lurk in the backgrounds of certain scenes, to which the characters in the show are oblivious. Here is a handy guide to get you started, courtesy of our friends over at Bloody Disgusting.
So yeah, I probably will have to check out the show, if it ever arrives on DVD. They baited their hook with a delicious worm, one that might as well have been tailor-made for me personally. Sneaky bastards.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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