Netflix's Haunting of Hill House Trailer Promises a Very Bad Dream

Haunting of Hill House

It's nearly October, which means Netflix is gearing up to scare the pants off its viewers. With the new trailer for The Haunting of Hill House, the streaming service already has a head start.

What's unique about this iteration of the horror story is that, unlike the classic 1963 film version The Haunting or the critically panned Liam Neeson vehicle by the same name, Netflix has reimagined Shirley Jackson's iconic novels.

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Helming the project is Oculus director Mike Flanagan, who reunites with two of his Gerald's Game stars, Carla Gugino (Watchmen) and Henry Thomas (E.T., Ouija: Origin of Evil).

In our first glimpse of the series, the trailer shows us a young girl (Mckenna Grace, Gifted) describing to her mother (Gugino) the terrible dreams she and her siblings are having, and asking if anyone would wake them from their night terrors: "What if I dream that you sent us away, and we got hurt? Really hurt? What if I got so sad and scared of the dark out there that I put poison in me?"

The trailer then raises the creep factor a few notches by adding an eerie, stripped-down piano version of the Crosby, Stills and Nash song "Our House."

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In a less-than-reassuring final few moments, Gugino's character says, "You don't have to worry now, sweetie. That really bad dream? Of course I'd wake you."

Jackson's novel centers around five siblings who grew up in the most haunted house in America. The award-winning book, published in 1959, is widely considered one of the greatest 20th century ghost stories.

Michiel Huisman (Orphan Black, Game of Thrones) joins Gugino, Thomas, Timothy Hutton and Elisabeth Reaser in The Haunting of Hill House, which arrives Oct. 12 on Netflix.

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