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    Default Do not watch the haunting of hill house before bed

    A Halloween post.

    I threw this show on for myself and the wife last night on Netflix for our pre-sleep TV watching. Big mistake.

    I figured it'd be like any other 'horror' TV show, like Bates Motel or anything Stephen King has had (poorly) adapted to the screen. You know.. disturbing, but not jump-out-of-your-socks scary. I've not found a single SK adaptation scary (except the Shining, which was a little creepy). I'm not generally prone to being jolted by anything purporting to be horror generally. So I thought I'd weather this easily.

    Nope.

    This is genuinely disturbing, scary s---. The build ups to each scare are painstaking and agonizing. You practically beg for it to be over with. There's not a lot of over the top CGI - the scary stuff achieves scariness by *being* scary rather than exaggerated visuals. The worst scare of the first episode is right at the end, and all it is is a slightly greyish female face being contorted slightly into a half-second demonic scream. If they ever make a VR version of this I will not watch it. I don't think my ticker would handle it.

    This show makes the Blair Witch Project look like a Mr. Rogers episode. I love (and hate) it.

    Regrettably scanning reviews I've heard the final episode in the season (Good God.. could there be *more than one season of this*??) is a let down. But wow. That first episode. Yeah. For the first time at least 30 years, I found myself trying to stay awake and/or begging my brain not to torture me with nightmares. Especially anything resembling NellZombie screaming at the end.

    My wife refuses to watch the rest, which is just as well. I think I'm going to save the rest for my next flight. I'm terrified of airplanes. This will definitely take my mind off that.

    Well done. Well, well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falter View Post
    A Halloween post.

    I threw this show on for myself and the wife last night on Netflix for our pre-sleep TV watching. Big mistake.

    I figured it'd be like any other 'horror' TV show, like Bates Motel or anything Stephen King has had (poorly) adapted to the screen. You know.. disturbing, but not jump-out-of-your-socks scary. I've not found a single SK adaptation scary (except the Shining, which was a little creepy). I'm not generally prone to being jolted by anything purporting to be horror generally. So I thought I'd weather this easily.

    Nope.

    This is genuinely disturbing, scary s---. The build ups to each scare are painstaking and agonizing. You practically beg for it to be over with. There's not a lot of over the top CGI - the scary stuff achieves scariness by *being* scary rather than exaggerated visuals. The worst scare of the first episode is right at the end, and all it is is a slightly greyish female face being contorted slightly into a half-second demonic scream. If they ever make a VR version of this I will not watch it. I don't think my ticker would handle it.

    This show makes the Blair Witch Project look like a Mr. Rogers episode. I love (and hate) it.

    Regrettably scanning reviews I've heard the final episode in the season (Good God.. could there be *more than one season of this*??) is a let down. But wow. That first episode. Yeah. For the first time at least 30 years, I found myself trying to stay awake and/or begging my brain not to torture me with nightmares. Especially anything resembling NellZombie screaming at the end.

    My wife refuses to watch the rest, which is just as well. I think I'm going to save the rest for my next flight. I'm terrified of airplanes. This will definitely take my mind off that.

    Well done. Well, well done.
    I hadn't made my mind up whether or not to watch it, however with your synopsis I'm probably hooked. I don't think my wife would last through the credits as it took it her over 20 years just to get through Halloween. As far as airplanes go, they don't scare me a bit; it's being more than 5 or 10 feet off the ground that worries me.
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    People's brains allow for the supernatural I guess. I don't watch freaky movies. The freakiest I ever saw I imagine was the original dotd. So depressing. I found it somewhat disturbing, but got over it in a day I think. I never saw the exorcist, the first few minutes of e2 and I called it quits (I was 12 maybe).

    Fragile minds can be damaged by horror media make no mistake about it. I know a lady who began manifesting actual clinical ocd symptoms after watching people being beheaded in some movie when she was 11 or 12. And suffers from the disorder to this day. I once tried to council a guy, online, who wanted to commit suicide due to depression. He started suffering from it when he was 12. He was an avid listener of death metal. I asked when he started listening, he said 11.

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    I actually stopped watching shows like Criminal Minds partly for similar reasons (and partly because Criminal Minds is totally unrealistic). I also stopped midway with Breaking Bad, etc. I find shows with a negative vibe put me off now in a way they didn't when I was younger. Almost messes with your head a little. So I stopped.

    But around Halloween I don't mind a good supernatural thriller. In a world where we think we know everything, it's fun to trigger ancient superstitions and reflexes.

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