Top 10 Cunning Shows Like 'The Haunting of Hill House'
What Series Are Like The Haunting of Hill House?
Everyone can agree that despite its flaws, The Haunting of Hill House is arguably one of the best horror series of 2018, toppling the fan favorites like American Horror Story: Apocalypse and Castle Rock.
Candidly speaking, I wasn’t expecting it to be half as good as it turned out to be. The pace is a little slow, but it’s a breathtaking journey once it changes gears. It’s a slow burn, but occasional jumpscares will keep your heart pumping.
While everyone is talking about its plot and acting, its brilliant cinematography deserves attention as well. It’s hauntingly beautiful–one that will both mesmerize you and scare you to the core.
I can go on all day about this series, but let’s save it for some another day. If you’re here, I’m assuming you are already a fan of this series, and now you’re looking for some alternatives. I’ve compiled great shows like The Haunting of Hill House that will keep you up at night.
Shows Similar to The Haunting of The Hill House
- American Horror Story
- The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
- Castle Rock
- Black Mirror
- Hemlock Grove
- And Then There Were None
- The Exorcist
- Penny Dreadful
- Santa Clarita Diet
Read more about these shows below.
American Horror Story
American Horror Story excels at telling crazy, outlandish stories. If you’re a sucker for weird tales, you’ll love what AHS brings to the table. Every season has a different storyline with almost the same cast. With every season, American Horror Story has continued getting weirder and darker.
I’d advise you to watch only the first 4 seasons. While the rest of the seasons are not bad by any means, it isn’t worth your time, especially with so much excellent TV on the backlog.
The 8th season, for instance, tried connecting all the dots, but ended up being a big mess instead. It doesn’t hold up to its earlier standards.
American Horror Story will not make you jump out of your seat or scream in fear, but it’s disturbing and gory for the most part. Some scenes are mind-boggling, while others fall into the gore-porn category.
American Horror Story has its fair share of flaws, but being boring isn’t one. It’s original, wicked, and tons of fun.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
The Haunting of Hill House, while engrossing, is emotionally exhausting and suffocating. If you’re coming on the heels of that show, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will be a nice change of pace for you.
It's a reboot of a popular 90’s show of the same name, not a remake. The original series was a sitcom, but this one is more serious in tone. There is nothing in common between these two, except that they’re based upon the Archie comics.
The plot revolves around a teenage girl who is a half-witch and half-human. On her 16th birthday, she must choose between the mortal world and the world of witches. Little does she know her birthday will alter the course of her life.
This reboot is twisted, dark, and funny. However, it touches upon some delicate topics like feminism and white male patriarchy, which might be a turn-off for some people. I personally believe the entertainment industry should stay away from taking sides. Let’s save that rant for another day.
Despite its share of controversies, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is one of the best horror series to release this year. You’ll love this refreshing take on a tried and tested formula.
Update - The second part is out and I have to say that it's disappointing at best, delving too much into the love and sex while not moving the overarching plot forward at all. It's preachy, too, way more than the first season.
Like I had stated earlier, it's best for a light-hearted entertainment to steer clear of touchy contemporary issues. It's best if we let politicals and activists deal with them. Only binge the second part when you have nothing better to do.
Supernatural follows the story of two brothers on a quest to uncover the mystery behind the death of their mother. On their way, they encounter witches, warlocks, demons, vampires, and every other otherworldly creature.
It’s a miracle that this show is still going strong after 13 seasons. It started off as a serialized supernatural drama, but evolved into so much more along the way. Sure, not every season is perfect. The show, for instance, struggled to find its footing after the 5th season. This is where it was supposed to end. However, after a rather lifeless 6th, 7th, and 8th season, the show found its way back.
Supernatural has amassed a loyal fanbase who never want this show to say goodbye. The CW has been listening. The showrunners have stated that they will keep it going for as long as they can.
If you have been following Stephen King’s work, you’ll instantly feel at home with this drama. Created by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, Castle Rock intertwines some of the characters and locations in Stephen King’s novels.
This show isn't for everyone. Before starting with Castle Rock, you need to read Needful Things, The Talisman, and The Dark Tower.
Try to get into this series without reading these novels, and the show will frustrate you. You’ll be looking for answers, only to find none. The plot can be confusing, even for the ardent King's fans.
If you loved the slow burn of The Haunting of Hill House, you’ll fall in love with Castle Rock. It’s clever, deceitful, and full of intrigue, just like his novels. While there is not a lot of action on screen, Castle Rock is full of rich, intriguing stories that will mesmerize and haunt you at the same time.
Created by Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror offers a different look at the world through its pessimistic lenses. It brings some of our deepest, darkest fear about technology to screen. While each episode has a different cast and a separate story, a common underlying theme connects them.
Every episode is structured around near-future gadgets. From social media to reality shows, Black Mirror explores the possible dark side of everything we take for granted. It blends sci-fi, mystery, satire, and horror to serve its audience with mind-messing stories. The show is twisted, sadistic, and thought-provoking.
With excellent writing and a talented ensemble cast, Black Mirror cements its place as one of the best series like The Haunting of Hill House.
This Netflix original takes place in Hemlock Grove, a fictional town in Pennsylvania. The plot follows the murder of a teenage girl in town. An investigation ensues. In a town where everyone is good at keeping secrets, will the killer be brought to justice?
Don’t pay attention to the negative reviews. The show has its flaws, but learn to embrace its weirdness, and you’ll see it has a lot to offer. This show demands your undivided attention. If your mind is occupied somewhere else, you’ll end up frustrated in search of concrete answers.
Even if it seems confusing at first, make it through the first season. It will reward you afterward.
And Then There Were None
Based on the book of the same name by Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None is a story of ten strangers who get invited to a remote island. The mysterious host doesn’t tell them anything except that there is money on stake. Things soon take a sinister turn when they get murdered one by one. Could one of them possibly be the serial killer?
Agatha Christie’s books have been adapted tons of times, but seldom of them are good. Being a huge fan, I was not sure how this adaptation would turn out. I’m glad to report that this series stays true to the tone and setting of the source material.
Even if you’re not sure about it, go ahead. and give it the benefit of doubt and It’s only three hours.
The Exorcist follows a duo of priests on their quest to exercise a powerful demon haunting a family. As they delve deeper into this case, it turns out that there is more to it than meets the eye.
The story is brilliant, but it takes some time to lay itself out. Give it time. The show grows on you after a while. It doesn’t resort to the good old jumpscares, but there are still some moments where you’ll be scared out of your wits.
It’s unfortunate that Fox canceled this show just after two seasons. The show never got the audience it deserved. However, It’s not really surprising, considering how this type of content attracts a small, but passionate audience.
If you enjoy a good slow-burn that slowly sinks its teeth into you, The Exorcist is the show for you.
Starring Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, and Eva Green in lead roles, the plot of Penny Dreadful takes us back two the Victorian London where abominable creatures roam the streets after sundown. People don’t even trust their own shadows. When a scientist, a gunslinger, and a medium unite to track down a serial killer, they start digging deep into the mystery of the town, which spirals things out of control.
A lot has happened with Penny Dreadful in the last year. It was abruptly canceled only to be brought back from the dead. As of the time of writing, the spin-off is slated to start production soon.
While the entire cast has done an excellent job, Eva Green stands out head and shoulder above the rest. Her performance as a deeply Catholic woman is spellbinding, to say the least.
It's a great mix of some old-school horror and blood-soaked action. While it’s a feast for the gorehounds, some scenes may put off the casual audience.
If Penny Dreadful went under your radar despite all the critical acclaim and drama around it, it’s about time you picked it up.
Santa Clarita Diet
Starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant in the role of an idyllic realtor couple, Santa Clarita Diet follows the unexpected twist in their life when the former goes through a dramatic change. She feels stronger and better than ever, but with a twist - she needs fresh flesh in order to survive. Hilarity ensues as they try their best to keep the madness under wraps while going about their lives in the usual manner.
Netflix has a knack of canceling some of its best shows right at its prime, and they've done the same with Santa Clarita Diet - a darling of critics as well as viewers. This zom-com was never a hit when it came to ratings, but it had its own niche fanbase - one that revered this genius show.
This is what happens when a giant gets the lion's share of a market with no threatening competition looming around the corner. They feel free to do whatever they please, not taking their consumers into consideration. Here is hoping that they listen to all the feedback and outcries and reconsider their decision. This show was envisioned as a five-season series, and it should remain that way.
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