The Haunting of Hill House

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HinkyDinkyTruesmith
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Re: The Haunting of Hill House

#26 Post by HinkyDinkyTruesmith » Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:25 pm

I understand the irony in what I'm about to say, given James's own tendency in much of his work towards bloated, digressive, expansive prose (which I love unreservedly), but I could do without a bloated ten hour version with a hyper sentimentalized ending of The Turn of the Screw, especially when we have a perfectly good two hour version in The Innocents.

More power to those who can enjoy it though.

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Persona
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Re: The Haunting of Hill House

#27 Post by Persona » Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:38 pm

The Innocents is as great a straight-up adaptation as we could ask for, yes, but if The Haunting S1 was anything to go by, this will be something very different from the book.

More like "loosely inspired by." Probably a more modern story that even has The Turn of the Screw events as the Bly Manor back-story. And just because Hill House went for a more emotional, bittersweet ending, doesn't mean S2 will go the same way.

But yeah it will probably be ten hours.

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Big Ben
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Re: The Haunting of Hill House

#28 Post by Big Ben » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:39 am

I imagine that this will be the only exposure quite a few people will have to Turn of the Screw and I guess I'm okay with that. I'd never say no to more horror anthologies, particularly if they have a good structural foundation to go off of much like the first season.

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Persona
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Re: The Haunting of Hill House

#29 Post by Persona » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:39 am

Turn of the Screw is one of my all-time favorite books, so yeah, if this gets more people to read it, it will be worth it.

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Roscoe
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Re: The Haunting of Hill House

#30 Post by Roscoe » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:08 am

I checked out a couple of episodes, and despite a cool scene here and there (Henry Thomas waking up one of his children in the middle of the night so they can Get The Hell OUT) it felt rather by the numbers -- I sat there counting off the upcoming effects ("cue the cockroach, cue the light going on in the model of the house..."). The new version ultimately comes off like Stephen King's IT, but with a house instead of a clown.

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