​The Cast Of 'The Haunting Of Hill House' Couldn't Sleep And Felt 'Crazed' During Filming

You've heard of The Haunting of Hill House, the new Netflix show that's so scary that people are passing out and vomiting. Of course you have - in fact, you really want to watch it, but worry that you're too much of a wuss to get through it. Oh wait, that's probably just me.

Thankfully, I've got some company, as it turns out that even the cast of show have had trouble sleeping after their experience with it.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who plays the adult Luke Crain, and Elizabeth Reaser, who plays his older sister Shirley, have said that as well as not being able to sleep, they were seeing things during filming.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Luke Crain. Credit: Netflix
Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Luke Crain. Credit: Netflix

"In prep I started to think that someone sat at the end of my bed in the night and stupid shit like that," Jackson-Cohen told the Metro, adding: "'Obviously you know, because we're actors, we've got stupid imaginations."

Reaser seemed to agree, saying that she felt 'crazed' during the process and that it was almost as though her body didn't know it was pretending.

"I had no ghostly interactions but I feel like there's something that happens to your subconscious when you're pretending like this for nine months," she said.

"It's more not being able to sleep, feeling crazed..."

Elizabeth Reaser, who plays Shirley. Credit: PA
Elizabeth Reaser, who plays Shirley. Credit: PA

Jackson-Cohen then remembered a time when he called Reaser one day and she just hadn't slept.

He said: "I just can't sleep because, like you say, when you're drumming that stuff up for so long, you kind of get a hang-up on it."

I mean fair dos - it seems the rest of us are experiencing even worse, and that's just from watching it, not from having to sort of live through it. No ta.

The series is based on Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel of the same name, and centres on the five siblings of the Crane family - each of whom are having to deal with repressed trauma and PTSD from their childhoods growing up in the titular Hill House.

Since being added to Netflix, it's proven popular among everyday viewers and critics alike - and even has an impressive 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

In fact, it's already being dubbed 'Netflix's first great horror series', which is a bold claim, and certainly one we're willing to put to the test.

Well, maybe from behind a pillow. With all of the lights on.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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