The Haunting of Hill HouseÂ was easily one of the best horror offerings that 2018 had to give us. And that’s saying something, as this has been a year which has given us some amazing horror entertainment, like A Quiet Place, Hereditary and Halloween. But one episode of the new Netflix seriesÂ stands right alongside all those feature films, and that is episode six, titled “Two Storms.” This chapter, which takes place during two massive thunderstorms — one in the past, and one in the present — was designed to look like it was filmed all in one shot. The end results speak for themselves.
Netflix released a video giving highlights showing how this episode was made, which you can see above, but for all you hardcore Hill House fans out there, series creator Mike Flanagan went on Twitter and gave a very detailed thread about just how this episode was created, and it all sounds like the kind of work that goes into making one feature film. He goes into how the sets for the funeral home and Hill House were constructed with this episode specifically in mind, and how they were both built on adjacent stages in order to accommodate a hallway that would physically connect them. He also mentions the many technical issues, some of which almost caused the storms to be cut out entirely!Â You can start reading Flanagan’s Twitter thread down below (click on the Tweet date for more):
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about ep 106 of @haunting . Netflix released an awesome little BTS video, but for those that want more information, here’s a little thread: Episode 6 was part of the very first pitch for the show, promising an episode that would look like one shot.
Reading all of Flanagan’s thread really hammers home just how committed he is to his craft, and why he is one of the great horror creators of the decade. Not just for Hill House –Â even though that would be enough really — but also for movies like Hush, Gerald’s Game and Oculus as well. His next film is Doctor Sleep, the sequel to Stephen King’sÂ The Shining, and his work on Hill House, particularly episode six, only inspires confidence.Do you think episode six of Hill House was the creepiest one? Or did another one take that prize? Be sure to let us know your thoughts down below in the comments.