'The Haunting Of Hill House' Is About To Hit Netflix And It Looks Bloody Terrifying

Netflix is really the gift that keeps giving.

Just when you think that you've seen everything - hint: this usually happens when you're hungover on a Sunday - the streaming service produces something new and interesting, ready for you to watch every episode in the next two days.

Well, clear your schedules for this weekend because the next big hit is on the way and, boy, does it look terrifying. Like actually, completely terrifying. Watch the trailer here and see just how scary it's going to be.

The Haunting of Hill House is set to drop this Friday in the UK and, if reports are to be believed, it is up there with the best that Netflix has to offer in horror telly. Its credentials are impeccable.

The source material is a 1959 book, also called The Haunting of Hill House, and it is considered one of the finest ghost stories in 20th century literature while it is also recommended by no less than Stephen King, the chief of all horror literature.

Secondly, it was the basic outline of The Haunting. This was first made into a film as the 1963 version with Julie Harris and Russ Tamblyn (aka Dr Jacoby off Twin Peaks), and then the 1999 schlocky teen horror classic with Owen Wilson, Liam Neeson and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

It sounds near perfect and it's on trend, too.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

Bringing this version to Netflix is Mike Flanagan, who writes and directs. Flanagan is about as hot as directors get. He has a string of recent horror hits to his name, including Gerald's Game, Ouija: Origin Of Evil and Before I Wake as his three most recent indie chillers.

Oh, and he's also the man tasked with bringing Doctor Sleep, the One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest sequel, to the screen next year.

"I don't want to give anything away, but I adore the novel," said Flanagan recently.

"It doesn't span a 10-hour season of television. We had to make some changes to make it fit, but I think they're all in the spirit of what she was doing, and I think fans of the book will be very excited.

"It's my first time doing any television. I love it. I love being able to spend so much time with characters. I love plotting those arcs. I hope to do a lot more of it. It's a really exciting way to tell a story."

The man behind the camera knows what he is doing. Plus, there's is talent in front of the camera. Game of Thrones star Michiel Huisman - aka Daario Naharis - is among the cast, as are Carla Gugino (Entourage, Californication, Gerald's Game), Elizabeth Reaser (The Good Wife, Grey's Anatomy) and - get this - Henry Thomas, better known as Elliott from ET.

It's going to be amazing, so get the takeaway menu, snuggle up on the sofa and prepare to spend your weekend having the absolute bejesus scared out of you.

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