Everyone's freaked by Netflix's Haunting of Hill House - including 'crazed' cast
Viewers are sharing fear on social media
Anyone who has endured even one episode of The Haunting of Hill House will know just how terrifying it is.
Based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel it's a creepy mix of paranormal activity and psychological breakdown and it's going down a treat with horror fans.
However, it's also keeping many a viewer awake at night thanks to the Bent Neck Lady, Mr Smiley Face, that darn dumbwaiter, those kittens... and it seems the cast have also experienced difficulties in this regard.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk about the show, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who plays adult Luke, said actors have "stupid imaginations" which does not help.
"In prep I started to think that someone was sat at the end of my bed in the night and stupid shit like that," he said.
Elizabeth Reaser plays his older sister Shirley. She added, "I had no ghostly interactions but I feel like there’s something that happens to your unconscious when you’re pretending like this for nine months.
"It’s more not being able to sleep, feeling crazed…"
Oliver revealed that he had called Elizabeth one day and she had not slept at all. She added, "It's like your body doesn't know that you're pretending."
Viewers have also been struggling to endure the series but also give it a massive thumbs up:
That bent neck lady episode of #HauntingofHillHouse got me like 😳🤯😱— sadie (@sistersayD) October 18, 2018
Y’all can sleep on #HauntingofHillHouse all you want but that shit messed me up mentally, emotionally, it made me feel things, I was creeped out going to bed last night, it made me want to cry. It’s a masterpiece. THATS the tea— The Gay™️ (@spencednmatt1) October 13, 2018
#HauntingofHillHouse is a brilliant, stunning, terrifying, emotional, perfect 10-hour movie and I can't wait to watch it again. Nothing in the horror genre has ever made me cry between scares. Nothing in the horror genre has ever made me CARE between scares. Not like that.— Valerie Anne (@PunkyStarshine) October 19, 2018
Just finished episode 5 of #HauntingofHillHouse and I’m a wreck, I cried more during this episode than I did during A Star Is Born. I need some Brooklyn 99 to ease my poor nerves before bed pic.twitter.com/TQkELnypnF— Meredith Owens (@merewuf) October 16, 2018
I just screamed so loud watching #HauntingofHillHouse. I’ve never done that before. I had to pause and collect myself.— zellie (@zellieimani) October 20, 2018
There is a ghost in nearly every damn scene of #HauntingOfHillHouse. This is one of MANY I’ve found. It’s brilliant and terrifying at the same time. Repeat viewings are a MUST. Best horror series in a long time, if not ever. @flanaganfilm is a genius with the scares. 🎃👻 pic.twitter.com/IMeXd1tNfn— Luke LaBeau (@LukeOfHorror) October 14, 2018
My husband and I just watched the first two episodes of #HauntingofHillHouse. He just went around our bedroom and put away everything that would look like a ghost in the dark. pic.twitter.com/QSktu6pONh— Candice Coppola (@candice_coppola) October 17, 2018
Netflix is not fun this week— Laurie Penny (@PennyRed) October 21, 2018
For anyone who grew up in a scary old house
called Hill House
Like I did.
As someone w/out kids I try not to judge parents for their choices as it feels like correcting someone's grammar in a language you don't speak but if my kid said a bent-neck lady was following them around I would take them to Disneyland and not come back.— Dave Rudden (@d_ruddenwrites) October 24, 2018