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The Haunting of Hill House cast talk scaring themselves to drink wine on set of Netflix chiller

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Oct 5, 2018

The cast of The Haunting of Hill House made an appearance at New York Comic Con on Friday, and by all accounts it seems the actors involved could seriously use a vacation. With the cast joking about how even reading the scripts (from writer/director Mike Flanagan) would give them the heebie-jeebies, this adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s iconic novel is pretty much guaranteed to be one of the scariest things you’ll see on Netflix this October.

Cast members Michiel Huisman (Steven Crain,) Carla Gugino (Olivia Crain), Kate Siegel (Theodora Crain), Elizabeth Reaser (Shirley Crain), Henry Thomas (Hugh Crain), Victoria Pedretti (Nell Crain), and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Luke Crain) all spoke about being genuinely jarred by the material, with Gugino saying they needed "lots of wine" in an effort to unwind after shooting it with horror connoisseur Flanagan (Oculus, Hush, Before I Wake, Ouija: Origin of Evil).

Siegel — who described her character Theodora as a "clenched fist with hair" — revealed that the sixth episode of the show (which has already been getting rave reviews) is the one to look out for, and was shot in just four takes. She also likened working with Flanagan to being part of a "gothic circus," which isn’t too hard to imagine.

The two creepy clips shown at the event appeared to reveal the past and present goings-on of the house, involving decaying bodies and... well... let's just say we can totally see why the cast needed a stiff drink once Flanagan had yelled "Cut!"

The Haunting of Hill House arrives on Netflix Oct. 12.

Click here for SYFY WIRE's full coverage of NYCC 2018, including up-to-the-minute news, exclusive interviews, and videos.

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