“The Haunting of Hill House’s” Horrors Are All Human

Originally published: Sommet Dame Magazine

We’re living in a golden age of horror, there’s no doubt about that. From the politically prescient Get Out to the heartbreakingly family-oriented A Quiet Place, to the thematically resonant Hereditary and The Babadook, the once overlooked genre has proved time and time again that it is capable of telling stories just as nuanced, precise and memorable as any high drama. In fact, even the shlockiest scare-fests are coming around to using a film language that exists beyond jump scares and first-person POV shots, with the latest iteration in the Halloween franchise telling an unexpectedly poignant tale of trauma, and the way it can manifest intergenerationally in a family.

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