Netflix’s upcoming series adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House casts The X-Files’ Annabeth Gish in a recurring role. Widely considered one of the best ghost novels in history, Jackson’s original book was published in 1959, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. The Haunting of Hill House earned praise for its focus on crafting psychological scares, as opposed to attempting to shock the reader.
This focus on the terror of the unknown over more visceral horror was expertly translated to the big screen by Robert Wise in his 1963 film adaptation The Haunting. Wise’s Haunting was and is a favorite of both critics and audiences, and is commonly regarded as a classic of the genre. A more modern adaptation was attempted in 1999, also called The Haunting. Boasting a cast of notable names – including Liam Neeson, Owen Wilson, and Catherine Zeta Jones – and directed by Jan de Bont, the 1999 Haunting was considered by most to be a failure, full of flashy CGI special effects and possessing little of the atmospheric mood Wise’s version had created.
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Back in April, Netflix announced that it was working on a 10-episode TV series adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House, which is set to retain the full book title. As if the association with Jackson’s novel wasn’t enough for horror fans to take notice, Netflix then revealed that rising genre director Mike Flanagan (Hush, Gerald’s Game) is set to write, direct, and executive produce the Hill House series. Now, Deadline reports that the latest addition to the Hill House cast is X-Files vet Annabeth Gish.
Gish will play the recurring role of Mrs. Dudley, one of Hill House’s caretakers. Like many of the already announced Hill House cast members, Gish has worked with Flanagan before, on the still yet to be released in the U.S. horror film Before I Wake. That film also stars Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane, and has been sitting on Relativity Media’s shelf since 2014.
Gish joins previously confirmed Hill House cast members Carla Gugino, Michael Huisman, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Kate Siegel and Henry Thomas. Gugino, Siegel, and Thomas recently worked with Flanagan on the aforementioned Stephen King adaptation Gerald’s Game, which drew rave reviews from both critics and diehard King fans. Reaser and Wilson both worked with Flanagan on last year’s surprisingly improved sequel Ouija: Origin of Evil. Hutton and Husiman are new additions to Flanagan’s seemingly ever-growing troupe.
Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House has yet to be assigned a premiere date.