Director Mike Flanagan reveals the alternate ending of The Haunting of Hill House and it truly is scary and depressing, much more than what we got to see.
The Netflix show 'The Haunting at Hill House' was received very well by the audience and they enjoyed the positive buzz for a very long time. But things might have gone down differently if Mike Flanagan, the director of the web series, ended the show in the way he had initially planned to do so. The alternate ending according to the fans would not have received as much positivity and satisfaction. The horror-themed show had a surprisingly positive ending, especially when it is compared to the dark and sad ending material produced by Shirley Jackson. But the director revealed that at one point, the show would have been ended in a very depressing and scary way which may have affected the fans to a certain extent. The show is based on the novel written by Shirley Jackson that goes by the same name. Mike added his own twists to the story in the novel by converting it into a family drama.
First, let's recap the plotline, the Craine family moves into a hill house with the aim of renovating and selling it after in order to build their own house elsewhere which would be designed by Olivia, the mother. Due to a few unexpected repairs, the family is forced to stay for a little longer than they planned to. This is when they start to experience paranormal activities that result in tragic losses and the family moving out. Twenty-six years later the Crain siblings and the estranged father reunite over another tragedy and are forced to confront how each of them was affected during their time in the hill house.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Hill House. pic.twitter.com/ogRTJziPYK— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) November 22, 2018
According to the fans of the show, the final episode was a bit too heavy-handed. It was complete with a montage set by the music of acoustic guitars but it slightly ruined the flow of what was an emotional and scary, very well made 10 episode series. But once fans found out the alternate ending that was revealed by the director, they were glad that it ended the way it did.
In the final episode of the 10 episode long season, the living members of the Crain family are trapped within the cursed hill house. Throughout the series, the family was unable to enter the Red Room, until the very last episode when all the members of the family entered it. They never realized they could enter because the room always changed itself to become what the Crain children wanted, be it a tree house or a dance studio. The only way you can notice that you are in the room is by observing the rectangular window that never changes shape, size, or position.
The episode concludes with all the living members of the Crain family finally escaping the mansion and putting their lives back together. Coming to the alternate ending that was planned by Mike Flanagan. Mike planned to add a last-minute twist. During the montage where everyone is surrounding Luke who was a drug addicted and is celebrating being two years sober with his family that is just recovering from the trauma experienced in the Hill house, Mike planned to add the rectangular window of the Red Room at the back, making it all an imagination of what the family wanted.
Mike and the rest of the crew and cast spoke for very long regarding placing the window in the background but decided on putting a painting there instead as having the family trapped again would be too cruel. There were a lot of discussions on how the peace achieved would not be real but seeing the course of the show and how things unfolded that peace certainly seemed real and long awaited. That is the only reason why Mike scrapped the idea. He committed to the course of action.
There wasn't much left of Edward Hill by the time he was found. pic.twitter.com/TVmwB1PvQI— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) November 23, 2018
If the alternate ending were to actually take place, it would make it very clear that the Crain family would have never really left the cursed house and would still be trapped inside and living in a state of paranormal delusion. Flanagan and the fans feel like he made the right choice by replacing the window with a painting as this would have just been very upsetting.
today it’s been a month since the haunting of hill house and the crain family came into my life and i’m forever thankful pic.twitter.com/lVlK7I34GO— maxy (@jessicajcnes) November 12, 2018
Neither Netflix nor Flanagan have spoken about a second season for the show. The show is known to have become one of the best Netflix originals and it is still unclear whether the fans will ever get a season 2. Most of the cast seems eager to come back for another 10 episode long season regardless of what the season is going to be about. There are plenty of options the creators of the show have but we can only confirm the return of this epic horror series in the next few months.