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How Exactly Did ‘The Haunting Of Hill House’ Create Its Most Chilling Episode?

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It’s hard to find one person that hasn’t been hooked on The Haunting of Hill House. The Netflix series has been gaining fans at every turn. One specific episode has been raising a ton of questions lately. Fortunately, one person was able to unveil many of its secrets.

Eye Of The Storm

“Two Storms,” which is episode six, could easily be its own movie. The episode finds the family during two thunderstorms at the funeral home and Hill House. While each storm takes place in a different time period, the finished product looks as if it’s happening at once.

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According to showrunner Mike Flanagan, this idea was the reason Netflix picked up the series. ” Episode 6 was part of the very first pitch for the show, promising an episode that would look like one shot,” he said on Twitter.

Perfection Is Key

In order for this to go smoothly, the sets had to fit perfectly next to each other. “The sets for both Hill House and Shirley’s Funeral Home were designed with episode 6 in mind. They were built on adjacent stages, and had to accommodate a hallway that would physically connect them so that Hugh could walk directly from the funeral home to Hill House in shot 1,” Flanagan said.

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One of the most crucial things on set involved the lighting. One miscue meant having to reshoot the scene. “There were hundreds of individual lighting cues, not only for effect but also for beauty lightning. If a cue was a late, an actor wouldn’t be lit properly. If an actor missed their mark, or if a cue was early or late, it meant actors went dark, or you’d see a camera shadow,” he said.

Giving Them A Glimpse

On their very first day of rehearsals, the actors got a good understanding of this episode. “We sat them down and showed them the entire episode, shot on a DSLR, with second team performing. They could see each shot executed successfully, and see the goal they were trying to achieve,” the director said.

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As one would expect, The Haunting of Hill House will grab numerous nominations at next year’s award ceremonies. This particular episode could land them a vast majority of those accolades.

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