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The Most Obscure Ghosts Hidden In The Background Of 'The Haunting Of Hill House' 

Kyle Chorpening
Updated May 12, 2020 24.5k votes 2.8k voters 144.1k views 29 items

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It didn't take long for The Haunting of Hill House to become another Netflix horror sensation. Like other Netflix original series, fans binged the Crains' traumatic story in a weekend, which was probably easier for those kept awake at night by the sheer variety of ghosts residing in Hill House. While the Bent Neck Lady, Bowler Hat Man, and other entities were featured front and center, there are plenty of other ghosts that even the most attentive viewers probably missed the first time through.

Series director Mike Flanagan told Variety that he hid "70 to 80 ghosts" in the edges of frames and backgrounds of scenes to solidify the unsettling atmosphere of the show. He actually had several extras in ghost makeup on hand just to plant them behind set dressing when the mood hit him. While it might take some time for all of those haunting cameos to be revealed, this list compiles some of the most obscure ghosts to pop up in the series.

SPOILER ALERT: This list covers all 10 episodes from the series, so read on at your own risk. If you're all caught up, check out more shows like The Haunting of Hill House.

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The Hands Under The Piano
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This pair of ghost hands poke out under the piano when Olivia accuses Nell of writing on the wall.

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The Face In The Stairs
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Less than a minute into the first episode, you can see this ghost between the staircase's banisters.

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The Woman During The Dumbwaiter Ride
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This ghost is hard to make out, but when Theo sends Luke to the basement in the dumbwaiter, a long-haired figure lurks in the other room to the right (you can see her hair and arm in the shadows).

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The Woman Watching Theo Get Her Gloves
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When Olivia tells Theo about her family's history of supernatural sensitivity, this ghost stands way back a few rooms in the distance.

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