SHIRLEY: HAUNTING of HILL HOUSE GHOST SIGHTINGS ****SPOILER ALERT**** PT 2 – Episode Two we realize a pattern. Episode one is Steven’s focal point. Episode two is now a chance for Shirley, the second oldest Crain child, to reveal her experiences. As you will see in the coming chapters everyone experiences the house, and the years to follow, differently.
****MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT****
SHIRLEY: HAUNTING of HILL HOUSE
EPISODE TWO: OPEN CASKET
Nothing to show here – YET – but this opening scene – with the client’s boy talking about seeing grandma sitting on his bed, and then showing us how to embalm said grandma certainly puts us less at ease. Shirley’s journey to becoming a Funeral Director is quite compelling.
As I stated in the last post, Shirley does not appear in the original novel, but is the name sake for its author, Shirley Jackson.
A second ago I saw a face in Shirley’s hair, in the over the shoulder shot of the kid. Now I see a giant Picasso in the curtain.
Again, like a magic image, as my eye move across the window panes I see a series of potential faces. One in particular has glowing eyes.
Do you see what I see?
I love this scene with mom, creating the forever house. (Olivia Crain played by Carla Gugino)
“When you’re little you learn to see things that aren’t there. And when you grow up, you learn how to make them real.”
I know I am looking for the horror in this series of posts about this series, but from time to time you get real gems of love, hope and wisdom.
MAYBE, but whatever this is it is not other shots.Or at least not in the same place. So out of focus, it is tough to pun point.
Same figure is crouching and we see what appears to be light traveling through hair. Is this Theo?
And now it is standing on the other side of the table. Best I can tell the angle on Mom is not that different. This is a hooded figure we see again and have seen before, perhaps. Looks at the last still. There is a clear change in the other room.
SO if you blink you miss it. It might be a worker. But the guy with the ladder is farther left in next shot.
So I know these are all lights and shadows. But in this universe can we write off as such. I also see a series of masks and faces at a masquerade watching the children.
I now see a man with suit and tie. Blink I see 4 or more faces in same shot. I know it seems like a stretch, but you do not see these in every wide shot.
PORCH LIGHT MEANS IT’S TIME TO COME HOME
7:21 No offense, Abigail (Olive Elise Abercrombie), but I am ready to run home now. Is that He-man Luke is playing with on the lawn? Earlier we see him with an ET lunch box. Feels at least 8-10 years late to have these as a 6yo in 1992. Hand me downs from Steven?.
7:50 See any ghosts? In these scenes I am checking every window, shadow. The brilliance of a show like this? Once you establish that ANYTHING goes, you really do not have to do much to keep us on the edge of our seats. The shear fact that SOMETHING could happen keeps our terror alert levels on high.
9:26 WHY SO MANY WASPS IN HAUNTED PLACES? Much of this episode is setting up a possible horror – Shirley just found a private cemetery near the house before hearing these kittens cry for mama’s milk. This wasp nest has the face of the Nightmare before Christmas’ Boogey Man. The old thespian mask is almost as creepy uncovered. We also learn that Mr. Dudley (Robert Longstreet) has never seen any dogs on the property, yet the kids hear dogs every night.
FYI The Dudley’s do appear in the original novel (Mrs Dudley played by Annabeth Gish – Monica Reyes from the X-Files). In both versions they are the caretakers but refuse to stay on the property after dark.
11:29 Shirley’s son, Jayden (Logan Medina) wants to be Daredevil for Halloween. Nice Easter Egg for Netflix series. Daredevil Season 3 hits in just a few more days. YEAH!
12:19 “There are no such things as ghosts.” As mom watches son nearly destroy the family’s forever house, does she believe this declaration?
13:45 Shirley is haunted by a polite scotch drinker. She could do worse.
15:30 6000? Got to go to rehab? I do not think that is a ghost back there. But I was expecting some comic relief from a trio of spooks – perhaps Caspar’s Uncles – exclaiming ‘THAT is the true horror in this story!”
Good One – Hi 5!
15:40 Never thought to check the check book.
20:56 I don’t care what Dad says, those are not settling pipes. Haunted House cliché terrifies me here.
20:40 Many shadows look airily like faces in this scene.This guy might be the old face on Mars. Seriously we need Director Mike Flanagan to sit down with us point out what we are missing.It does not help that the house has so many faces in painting and sculpted moldings – not to mention statues.
26:07 Do you see it? ZOOM PLEASE…
26:07 Cropped: I know it is a stretch. Looking for ghosts in this series is like seeing shadow people in your closet at night. Every where you look, there are shadows and lights and leaves and reflections that could be something. If you are prone to easily believe, you would be hiding under the bed by now.
27:45 THIS is the most horrifying scene yet. Give me the homicidal ghosts over a bug crawling out of dead kitten any day.
34:38 OH HELL NO….
36:39 Face in the curtains?
- 42:38 SIDE BAR: EASTER EGG. While Shirley is embalming Nell, she flashes back to Nell’s Wedding to Arthur (Jordane Christie). Arthur’s name is taken directly from a character in the novel. “Arthur Parker, the headmaster of a boys’ school, arrive to spend a weekend at Hill House and to help investigate it.” WIKI
45:01 Not a ghost but Luke (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) is fighting his own demons.In the novel, Luke is actually a son of Hugh Crain.
45:45 SYMBOLISM: First kitten, first sibling to die.
47:40 That table on the left was empty a second ago.
47:47 MOM! You should have called first.
TELL ME YOU DID NOT JUMP SCREAM AT THIS MOMENT – I DARE YOU!
TIME TO COME HOME
TO BE CONTINUED….