While it may not have been a banner year for horror on TV in general, there’s no denying that Netflix’s 10-episode series The Haunting of Hill House (based on the novel by Shirley Jackson) elevated the genre and the medium to the level of high art. Mike Flanagan’s skills as a director and storyteller are all on point, and this is best illustrated in the extraordinary Episode 6 titled “Two Storms”.
In a recent video, the YouTubers at Screened did a deep dive on “Two Storm” with an eye towards identifying what made it such a standout. Sure, the long, continuous shots are technically amazing, but there’s more to it than behind-the-scenes wizardry. Flanagan and company use a multitude of techniques, but the emotional integrity of the cast was a key component to Episode 6’s success as well.
In this video we examine how the Haunting of Hill House uses long takes in episode 6 ” Two Storms ” to do three things:
1. Immerse us in the drama
2. Reveal the characters’ emotions
3. Show the characters’ limited growth
Video essay made by Moises & Sergio Velasquez
If you haven’t seen The Haunting of Hill House for yourself yet, check it out on Netflix and bookmark this article for later. You can skip down to the trailer and synopsis at the below. Otherwise, enjoy Screened’s video at the top of this post.
This modern reimagining of the Shirley Jackson novel follows siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country… Now, adults, they are forced back together in the face of tragedy and must finally confront the ghosts of their past. Some of those ghosts still lurk in their minds, while others may actually be stalking the shadows of Hill House. The ensemble cast includes Oscar winner Timothy Hutton, Carla Gugino