'Haunting of Hill House' director says one particular episode is the 'heart of the show' and made him cry
Anyone who has watched The Haunting of Hill House will agree that there are plenty of tearjerking moments on the show.
However, for the director of the Netflix series, there's one emotional episode in particular that is the "heart of the show".
Speaking to The Wrap, Mike Flanagan recently revealed that when he thought of the storyline for episode five, he began crying, and still now, he looks back on the mid-season episodes as the "pinnacle" of the entire show.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
The storyline in episode five, named 'The Bent-Neck Lady,' revolves around Nell's (Victoria Pedretti) journey, revealing to viewers that the ghost that haunted her as a child was actually her own after she died as an adult.
Discussing the big moment, the director said: "In a lot of ways, that episode was why I wanted to make this show. It completely changes everything that came before it. We make a lot of assumptions about the show and about the ghosts and come from a place of jaded familiarity with the haunted house genre, so this turns that on its head … but more than anything, it’s about what it does to a character that we cannot help but to deeply empathize with."
He continued to state that episode six 'Two Storms,' which brings the Crain family together at Nell's funeral, and switches heavily between the present and the past, was equally as important to him.
"It really was the reason I wanted to make this show, and it slides right into my other favorite episode of the series, which is episode six. Those two episodes together represent the pinnacle of this story for me," he said.
The American filmmaker who is best known for his horror films, also opened up to The Wrap about the difficulty of keeping the Netflix show's biggest mystery hidden from fans, AKA: the red room.
Revealing that the set was "constantly refined", he said:
"We needed one element to be constant so that once the reveal occurred, a second viewing would feel like it was always obvious. We chose that distinct vertical window. We also made sure to shoot the room from the same angle in all of the episodes leading up to it, so that even the camera framing was familiar. We really just hoped that Hill House was so sprawling, people would assume there were just a lot of rooms they hadn’t seen. What’s odd if they look a little similar?"
In addition, the 40-year-old director shed light on why the room never opened for Hugh Crain, stating: "Hugh is a man who fixes things. He exerts control over the house, on a physical level. He is in charge of the physical work being done to it, and that gives him a sense of security, comfort, and order."
He added: "To put him in a position where he is incapable of something as simple as opening a door strikes to the very heart of his confidence as a character. Between that and the mold, I think it erodes his sense of competence, and everything else tumbles for him as a result."
Any other fascinating secrets you want to tell us, Mike? Our ears are ready and waiting.