The Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House is something of a runaway success. Its use of fractured timelines and layered visuals have brought in fans who may have not cared about horror stories before the series released. While the show's success may seem like a fluke, it’s actually the product of writer-director Mike Flanagan, a guy who's been working within the genre for years; prior to releasing Hill House into the world, he directed a film called Hush that’s incredibly different but every bit as terrifying as his more recent endeavors.
While the series and the film are vastly distinct - The Haunting of Hill House is a gothic-tinged ghost story and Hush is a home invasion slasher mashup - they’re both heavy on scares, and they each speak to the very human fear of the dark.
If you enjoyed counting the hidden ghosts in The Haunting of Hill House, then you’ll appreciate Flanagan’s nuanced approach to the slasher genre in Hush, and you’ll definitely start making sure your doors are locked at night.