The latest classic horror film to be turned into a TV series is the still frightening 1963 ghost story The Haunting – or to be more precise, Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House which also spawned a very poor 1999 film many horror fans have tried to forget ever since. The writer, director and executive producer will be Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil‘s Mike Flanagan, who is also attached to Netflix’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game. According to Deadline, the series will consist of ten episodes and will be a “modern re-imagining”. Amblin TV and Paramount TV are also involved.
While I am a big fan of the 1963 film, I think that this has the potential to be really good and really scary TV. Here’s the IMDB synopsis of the movie, which you can also find reviewed by Yours Truly elsewhere on this website:
Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity. With him are the skeptical young Luke, who stands to inherit the house, the mysterious and clairvoyant Theodora and the insecure Eleanor, whose psychic abilities make her feel somehow attuned to whatever spirits inhabit the old mansion. As time goes by it becomes obvious that they have gotten more than they bargained for as the ghostly presence in the house manifests itself in horrific and deadly ways.