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How to Find Out About the History of Your Home
Your home holds many memories, and not all of them may be yours. Or you may question whether your house could be haunted or contain hidden treasure. If you’re wondering about checking the history of your house, get ready to learn how to uncover your home’s past.
Taxpayer Assessor Online Databases
Search online for your town’s taxpayer information. Once there, if your town offers an online database including every property, you might find out a lot about your home.
One tax assessor company, Vision Government Solutions, maintains online databases for states on the East Coast. Click on the state and you’ll see a list of your state’s towns. Some of the towns have accessible databases, and others don’t. Follow prompts to take you to your property’s information, including previous owners.
Hidden on Trulia’s website is a list of U.S. assessor records for every state. Search for Trulia’s property sitemap, and once on the page, you’ll see your state listing. You’ll be taken to a page with your state’s counties. Keep clicking to pinpoint your search.
Some towns host online assessor databases. Once on it, type in the property address or parcel number to visit a page of information about your home.
Realtor Websites With Home Information
Finding your home’s property listing, even when your home is not for sale, also offers some history. In addition to dipping into the websites of the major real estate agencies in your area to find your property, try the following sites:
Also try the Multiple Listing Service site directly. Head to MLS.com and you’ll see a map of the United States. You might find the history of your neighborhood or a home next door that may be for sale or in foreclosure, which could give you some hints about your own home.
Finding Out About Your Home’s Hauntings
Head to DiedInHouse.com, a website that keeps a database of people who have died in properties. The site may be able to tell you if someone actually died in your home. There’s a nominal fee to see the information.
Dig Up Land Records and Historical Maps
If you’re a genealogy enthusiast, you know the value of historical maps and land records. If you’re new to this type of search, start at the National Archives (archives.gov) to initiate a search into your property. You’ll find land transactions and even what the average cost was to build your house.
You can search for, download and enlarge historical maps of your town or neighborhood. Or go to your town hall and local library for copies.
Find Your Local Historians
Do some footwork to find the history of your home, neighborhood and town. Try the following:
- Historical societies: Your town’s local historical society can target your home’s history. Head to PreservationDirectory.com to find a database of local historic organizations.
- Real estate agents: Try calling a real estate agency to help you locate information on your home’s history.
- Neighbors: Pick the brain of a long-time neighbor. You may be surprised with juicy details.
- Physical evidence: Consult with an architectural historian, according to ThisOldHouse.com. Researching layers of paint or wallpaper helps identify what year your house was built.
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The Haunting of Hill House : All the Hidden Ghosts You Missed
The Bent-Neck Lady may be the most terrifying creation in Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House , but that particular piece of nightmare fuel is only part of the show’s bigger horror aims . The narrative of Hill House weaves in and out of past and present, bringing viewers into a world where hidden ghosts are not only a part of everyday life, but able to appear in any moment as they haunt the Crain family. Creepy specters and imposing ghouls lurk in the background throughout the show, often at times and in places where you barely notice their presence.
Series creator Mike Flanagan, who adapted Hill House from Shirley Jackson’s famous novel, teased the existence of these horror Easter eggs in an interview with Vulture . “We actually hid dozens of ghosts throughout the series, in plain sight, in the deep background of shots. We don’t call any attention to them, but they’re there. If you look in a door frame, or under the piano, or behind a curtain in a lot of otherwise ordinary scenes, you’ll see someone there,” he said.
Now that viewers have had time to watch (and rewatch) the show, they’re spotting tons of those hidden ghosts sprinkled throughout Hill House , often just lurking in the background as characters talk or the camera pans through the mansion. You probably didn’t consciously see a vast majority of them, but perhaps they had a subconscious impact on that eerie feeling maintained even when Hill House gets closer to This Is Us than The Conjuring . Here are the 29 hidden ghosts we’ve spotted so far, with a nod to our fellow ghost-hunting sleuths at Screen Rant , the Mirror , and IGN .
Episode 1, ‘Stephen Sees a Ghost’
The Ghost Under the Stairs Before we’ve even met a member of the Crain family or seen an obvious ghost, The Haunting of Hill House presents us with an image in which something is barely perceptibly wrong. Look carefully between the stairs as the camera pans through the house in the first minute of episode one and you’ll see a face looking between the rails.
The Man Behind Steven Some of Flanagan’s smartest moves are what could be called fake-outs. While Steven and his father are panicking about whatever is in the hall turning the knob, they don’t bother to notice the figure standing behind the poor child.
The Figures in the Foyer As Steven and his father flee the house, they don’t have time to turn around and see that they’re not alone in the foyer. Look behind the stairs and you’ll see several figures watching them run. They almost resemble the masked characters from The Strangers .
The Face Behind the Clock This is another one of those hauntings that comes when the Crains don’t even seem to sense that there’s anything wrong. As Olivia interrupts Mrs. Dudley speaking to Steve about the gospels, someone (or something) is eavesdropping from behind the clock in the room.
Episode 2, ‘Open Casket’
The Kid in the Garden We will soon learn that Luke sees a child playing on the grounds of Hill House on a regular basis, but it appears that the same child may be watching Shirley and Olivia as mom tells her daughter about the dream house. Look in the garden to the right of the statue. Someone is watching — actually, more than one someone…
The One in the Kitchen In the same scene, when Flanagan cuts to a reverse shot of Olivia talking to Shirley, there’s a figure in the kitchen behind her that’s not quite right.
Episode 3, ‘Touch’
The Face in the Door The ghosts are always watching, including when Theodora walks into the kitchen and catches Nellie and Luke examining the old-fashioned communication system. Look at the door to the right of Theo in the upper left panel, which is now somehow clear and includes the face of what looks like a very tall child. Creepy.
Can They Even See Them? This instance raises the question of whether or not the Crains can even see these observant figures, as there’s a ghost standing right in front of Luke and Theo while they walk across the dining room. Look to the right of Theo’s body and you’ll see half of what looks like a matronly figure standing around a corner in the room.
Don’t Go in the Dining Room As Theo is looking at the dumbwaiter, there’s someone lurking in the dining room. This one is kind of hard to see, but look at the chair back, then move your eyes barely to the right and you’ll see what is clearly an arm. Follow it up to a face. Try not to scream.
The Lady in Black As Theodora hunts for the ladder to the basement that no one knew existed, there’s someone watching her from the corner of the kitchen. Look through the glass door to Theo’s left and you’ll see the distinct figure. Is the same specter that watched her in the dining room?
Something in the Basement The thing that lurks in the basement that attacks Luke on the dumbwaiter may be the least hidden ghost in all of Hill House , but it’s gone when Theo goes down the ladder. Perhaps that’s because it’s actually hiding under the ladder: Look down a few rungs as Theo opens the hidden passage.
Lurking in the Living Room The most haunted episode of Hill House continues with something lurking in the living room behind Olivia.
The Man in the Hallway This is one of the creepiest by far. As Theo walks through the house, there’s what is unmistakably a bald man just hanging out in the hallway behind her.
Off in the Distance You’ll need a really big TV to catch this one, which may be further proof that Flanagan is just trying to enhance a mood more than provide something easily discovered. If you pause this scene and look through the two archways behind Olivia, you’ll see a face way in the distance, perhaps waiting for its chance to strike.
The Man Behind the Lamp Yes, some of these hidden ghosts are more hidden than others. This is one that it almost feels like the Crains should see, as there’s clearly a man standing behind the red lamp when Steven flees with Luke and Nell. Of course, this is also one that Flanagan very clearly wants you to see, placing it behind the only splash of color in the frame.
Episode 4, ‘The Twin Thing’
The Man Behind the Chair Is this the same man behind the lamp? We can’t see his head so it’s hard to tell, but there’s a figure behind the chair in the room behind Luke and Nell just over eight minutes into this excellent episode.
The Blonde Woman in the Hall Hugh and Olivia have a tender moment as they dream of their perfect home, which will most definitely not be Hill House. Not if the blonde ghostly figure down the hall by the window has anything to say about it.
The Face in the Glass Cabinet This is a tough one to spot even if you pause it. As Nell and Luke are getting coins stuck in the communication system, there’s a face looking back at them in the glass cabinet across the kitchen.
Episode 5, ‘The Bent-Neck Lady’
They’re Under the Stairs (Again) Remember those Strangers -esque figures lurking under the stairs when Steven and his dad were fleeing in the first episode? They’re back as Luke descends the flight, as you can clearly see shadowy forms to the right in the archway.
Gerald’s Ghost The Haunting of Hill House uses a number of Flanagan regulars, including Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, and his wife Kate Siegel, but there’s another one that you probably didn’t spot. The haunting figure behind Liv in the shot above is reportedly played by Bruce Greenwood, who played Gugino’s husband in Gerald’s Game , Flanagan’s 2017 adaptation of the Stephen King novel.
The Hands Under the Piano This is one of the most terrifying hidden ghosts. Remember when Nell got yelled at for drawing on the wall, which we all know she didn’t actually do? As Theo comes into the room, something is hiding under the piano. You can see its hands. Eeeek!
Watching Nellie The fifth episode of The Haunting of Hill House is a heartbreaking hour that reveals what led to Nellie’s demise. Perhaps she was doomed from the moment that something was watching her from behind in this chilling shot.
Episode 7, ‘Eulogy’
Waiting Behind the Door The sixth episode of The Haunting of Hill House takes a break from the hidden ghost hijinks — probably because it was such a remarkable technical achievement that there was no time for Easter eggs — but the hidden figures reappear about 38 minutes into “Eulogy” as something watches Hugh from a room behind him.
Haunting Officer Clueless This hidden ghost is terrifying, especially because it’s perhaps the closest yet one of them gets to making an actual impact on the story. Look behind the cops who come to investigate the body found in the wall and you’ll see what seems to be the blonde ghost — or at least her hand.
The Blonde in the Basement Remember the blonde figure who has watched Hugh a few times? She’s baaaaack, and this time, we get a good look at her as Hugh examines the mold in the basement. A ghostly woman staring from a corner of a dark room? Creepy.
Episode 9, ‘Screaming Meemies’
Lingering in the Archway As Hill House hurtles toward its ending , Flanagan sets the tone right at the beginning of this penultimate episode, including a figure a few rooms behind Hugh in the opening scene. Look on the right side of the archway — someone’s there.
The Boldest Ghost This one got a lot of people talking about show’s many hidden ghosts, probably because it’s the easiest of the bunch to spot. We don’t need to tell you where this is, you definitely saw it as you watched. (And screamed.)
Under the Stairs What happened under those stairs? The foyer of Hill House may be its most subtly haunted room. If you look to the right of the stairs as Liv is leaving, one of the figures is back.
Episode 10, ‘Silence Lay Steady’
The Ghost Behind Steven When an adult Steven returns to the house in the final episode, we get another shot of a half-hidden ghost standing in the doorway behind him.
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33 secret ghosts in The Haunting of Hill House
There are plenty of obvious things to scare you in The Haunting of Hill House, from bent-neck ladies lurking by the bed to dead mothers returning with flaky faces, but Netflix’ mega-hit is also teeming with secret things to scare you. Every episode has ghosts hidden in the background of a few scenes, like highly unwelcome easter eggs. We’re sure there are more to be found, but here are 33 we spotted and where you can find them.
The face in the stairs
Episode 1 – 00.00.51
Before we’ve even met the Cranes we’ve met a ghost. In the first shot inside Hill House the camera takes in the grand staircase. Just visible between two of the rails is a small pale face.
Watching through the window
Episode 1 – 00.02.10
Shortly before Nell first encounters the bent-neck lady, a ghostly face watches her from the window. It’s very hard to see, so we’ve lightened up the image to scare you properly.
Man in the doorway
Episode 1 – 00.33.30
Another one that’s barely visible, but definitely there. When Steve and his dad are hiding from something on the other side of the door, they fail to notice there’s something already in the room with them.
Episode 1 – 00.35.04
As Steve and his dad flee the house, a pair of clearly visible figures watch them from beside the stairs.
The shy ghost
Episode 1 – 00.50.39
While Olivia stands in the kitchen doorway, a ghostly figure peeks at her from behind a large cupboard.
A face in the garden
Episode 2 – 00.04.19
It looks like a lovely day from the view of the garden behind Shirley, but only until you notice the tiny figure staring at her from the bushes and ruining everything.
7. Dining room creeper
Episode 2 – 00.04.48
Ghosts love to hang out under that chandelier in the dining room. One watches Olivia and Shirley as they discuss the house.
The face in the door
Episode 3 – 00.09.54
This one’s really creepy. Look on the right to spot a face peeking through a glass panel in the door to watch Theo.
The bold ghost
Episode 3 – 00.16.24
This one doesn’t even have the decency to hide in the darkness. There’s a very tall figure clearly standing behind the doorway, watching Theo and Luke.
Episode 3 – 00.18.27
When Theo and Luke are playing with the dumbwaiter, a blonde-haired ghosts listens from the room next door.
The tall lady
Episode 3 – 00.28.31
Until you know it’s there, this one is hard to spot. Then it’s all you can see. On the left side, behind the glass door, you can see the arm of a tall woman.
Episode 3 – 00.29.13
Much clearer is this miserable guy, visible between the steps when Theo opens the trap door to the basement.
Return of the dining room creeper
Episode 3 – 00.38.23
That ghost who likes hanging out under the chandelier? She’s back again.
The bald man
Episode 3 – 00.39.41
Look in that doorway behind Theo and there you’ll see a very upsetting bald figure.
Episode 3 – 00.39.52
Behind Olivia you can just about see a long-haired woman standing in the shadows.
The man by the red lamp
Episode 3 – 00.50.58
As Hugh, Nell and Luke run down the hall there is a figure clearly watching them on the left-hand side, behind the red lamp.
Ghost by the window
Episode 3 – 00.51.12
Another that you can’t see unless the image is very bright, but with the lights up you can plainly see there’s something watching Hugh next to the window.
The tall ghost
Episode 4 – 00.08.23
There’s something very big standing on the right of that hallway
She’s back again
Episode 4 – 00.08.38
That blonde ghost absolutely loves a chandelier. Here she is hanging out under another one, perving on an intimate moment between Hugh and Olivia.
The little hand
Episode 4 – 00.13.18
Cast your eyes over to the glass-windowed cupboard on the left, then down a little. Spot the small figure with its hand on the window pane?
Two tall men
Episode 4 – 00.14.30
Another pair of big ghosts, silhouetted in the doorway to the right of the staircase.
Episode 5 – 00.03.03
As Olivia tries to comfort Nell and convince her there’s nothing to be afraid of, there’s something to be afraid of directly behind her.
Girl in the door
Episode 5 – 00.03.39
Another one who loves to lurk behind Olivia, there’s a skinny girl in the doorway.
Episode 5 – 00.22.02
If you spotted this one yourself it probably scared the life out of you. Under the piano you can see the hands of something that looks ready to pounce.
Episode 7 – 00.38.21
When Hugh makes an angry attempt to try to get into the red room, something is unhappily watching him from the room next door.
Episode 7 – 00.49.39
Just to beef up the scariness of the scene where Hugh finds a body in the wall, there’s a woman watching him from behind a wall as he works.
And she’s back again
Episode 7 – 00.50.16
She sticks around to watch the police investigating the dead body, gripping the wall behind them with a very cold looking hand.
Man in the arch
Episode 9 – 00.01.27
As the series nears its end the ghosts seem to get bolder and easier to see. That big guy in he archway is barely hidden.
Woman in the kitchen
Episode 9 – 00.08.29
And this lady watching from the glass kitchen cupboard isn’t hiding herself at all. She’s every bit as clear as Luke’s reflection beneath her.
A little stranger
Episode 9 – 00.35.51
It’s possible we’re now so paranoid we’re seeing things everywhere, but is there a small figure standing in the doorway to the right of Hugh?
A black-eyed man
Episode 9 – 00.35.59
This one is horribly vivid. In the doorway to the right of the stairs there is a massive man with black eyes, brazenly standing in the light.
Episode 9 – 00.39.39
Initially we thought this might just be a clock, but that shape in the doorway appears to have legs. Clocks do not have legs.
It’s behind you, Steven
Episode 10 – 00.52.52
Steven was always skeptical about the ghosts in Hill House, but there is one very clearly visible over his shoulder when he returns to his childhood home.
Spotted any others? Let us know and we’ll add them to the list.
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The ghosts you missed in the haunting of hill house.
The Haunting of Hill House has plenty of ghosts - but you may have missed the dozens of ghosts hiding out in the background of certain scenes.
The Haunting of Hill House , a chilling family drama and horror series based on the novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson, has now arrived on Netflix. There are plenty of ghosts ready to jump out and scream and spook the audience, but perhaps the most frightening element of the series is the collection of ghosts that you don't see - because they're cleverly hidden.
With a powerful ensemble cast that includes Henry Thomas, Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Victoria Pedretti, the series jumps between past and present as the Crain family recalls one terrible summer that they spent in the virulently haunted Hill House.
Related: Read Our Review of The Haunting of Hill House
All 10 episodes of The Haunting of Hill House were directed by Mike Flanagan, who is also attached to direct upcoming Stephen King adaptation Doctor Sleep (a sequel to The Shining ). Flanagan's previous horror movies include home invasion thriller Hush , Gerald's Game (another King adaptation), and haunted mirror movie Oculus . In The Haunting of Hill Hous e, Flanagan shows off his talent for subtle chills by hiding literally dozens of ghosts in plain sight - but in the background or out of focus. You can watch the entire series and only spot a few of these ghosts, or none at all, so for the curious we've gathered together all of the hidden ghosts we could find. Check them out below... if you dare.
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The Ghost Through The Railing
You don't have to wait long to catch sight of your first hidden ghost in The Haunting of Hill House . During the opening monologue of Episode 1, "Steven Sees a Ghost," we're taken on a tour of Hill House that includes this particular shot overlooking the stairs. You may not see it at first, but look between the railings and you'll see a white ghost face peering through them. Very creepy.
Nellie's Night-Time Visitor
The Bent-Neck Lady isn't the only ghost who pays Nellie a night-time visit in Episode 1. This one is very hard to spot - so much so that it could almost just be the leaves on the tree outside - but look on the far-right window pane and you'll see a pale face peering in at the children.
The Ghost In Steven's Room
This ghost is so hidden in the dark and out of focus that he's also very difficult to spot, but a little brightening of the image makes his outline clear. This ghost is also from Episode 1 of the series, in the scene where Hugh runs to fetch Steven from his room so they can flee the house. Look out for the ghost on the right hand side of the screen when Hugh is listening at the door, and someone outside is turning the knob.
A Ghostly Trio By The Stairs
Yes, Episode 1 is packed with hidden ghosts, and here are two more - though these are much easier to spot. When Hugh flees down the stairs with Steven in tow, you can see a man and a woman on the right hand side of the stairs, and you can also very briefly see another woman on the left hand side. The man appears to be the same ghost that was seen peering through the railings earlier in the episode. As with all of the other hidden ghosts in the series, these three are standing stock still and wearing black clothes.
Related: The Haunting of Hill House: Every Episode Ranked
A Face In The Shadows
Still In Episode 1, Mrs. Dudley is giving Steven a lecture on religion when the two of them are interrupted by Liv, who arrives to offer a counterpoint and quote some Shakespeare. Look over Liv's shoulder as the enters the kitchen, however, and you'll see something extremely unsettling: a pale face peering out of the darkness. It's definitely enough to put you off your breakfast, but when Liv moves to leave the kitchen, the face is gone.
Watched From Both Sides
How about two ghosts for the price of one? In Episode 2, "Open Casket," we flash back to Shirley and Liv looking over plans for their "Forever Home." It's a touching scene between mother and daughter - so touching, in fact that you might miss the blonde-haired girl standing in the garden behind Shirley. As if that wasn't bad enough, they're being watched from inside the house as well; when the scene cuts to a profile view of Liv, you can see someone dressed in dark clothing in the room behind her. Spookier still, when the camera cuts away and back again, this second ghost has moved, and is sitting at the table instead. In the next cut to Liv, the ghost is standing on the other side of the table.
Peering Through The Glass
In Episode 3, "Touch," there's a cut from the adult Theo picking up an apple to young Theo walking down a hallway eating an apple. She enters the kitchen, where she finds Nellie and Luke playing with an old speaking tube. Look on the right hand side as Theo enters the kitchen and you'll see a ghostly face peering through a glass pane in the door.
Continuing Episode 3, you can spot another ghost after Mrs. Dudley scolds Luke for playing with the dumb waiter, and Theo stands up for him. After Mrs. Dudley touches Theo's arm, and Theo senses that she's afraid, Theo and Luke leave the kitchen. Look behind them as they're leaving and you can see the ghost of a tall woman who is half-hidden behind a wall.
Luke's Dumb Waiter Ride
After being dragged away from the dumb waiter by Mrs. Dudley during the day, Luke returns to it at night. When Theo decides to help him by sending him up in the elevator (which actually ends up sending him down), the scene cuts to a wide shot where you can just about see the ghost with long pale hair in the dining room.
The Corner of the Kitchen
Young Theo's search for a hidden basement in "Touch" is pretty engrossing - so engrossing, in fact, that you may well have missed another person in the kitchen when she's searching for the trap door. This ghost appears to be a very tall woman, and you can only see her black clothing and her hand, on the left hand side of the screen as Theo is moving the washing machine. Once you spot her, though, you're sure to get some chills.
Down In The Dark
Going down into spooky basements in haunted houses is generally a bad idea - but it's an especially bad idea when there's a ghost peering up at you from the spooky basement! Theo doesn't see the ghost hidden behind the ladder that leads down into the bootlegger basement, but look closely and you will.
Theo Gets A Fright
The ghost who appeared in the dining room behind Liv makes a comeback in "Touch," when Theo goes to talk to her mother and has a terrifying vision of her future death. It's easy to be distracted by the sight of Liv with her face split open, but look in the background after Theo backs away and Liv stands up, and you'll get a slightly clearer look at the dining room ghost - a woman with long, pale hair.
The Bald Man
Poor Theo is positively plagued by ghosts in "Touch" - and most of the time she doesn't even know it. While her father and Mr. Dudley are investigating the trap door in the kitchen, Theo wanders off. As she passes by an open door the kitchen, you can see a bald man staring in. Uncle Fester, is that you?
In The Distance
No sooner has the bald man disappeared from the screen than another ghost makes an appearance - this time the ghost with the long dark hair again, who was also spotted in Episode 1 when Hugh and Steven were fleeing the house. This ghost appears in the distance, behind Liv as she beckons Theo into the dining room. Can you spot her, skulking by the door frame?
Don't Look Back
The final ghost of "Touch" appears at the very end of the episode, when a flashback revisits the Crains' final night in Hill House. Theo comes running down the stairs and looks over to see Hugh leading the twins along. Look behind the three of them, and you'll spot the same ghost that is so fond of lurking by the stairs. A moment later, though, he is gone.
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Luke gets a new hat - and someone's jealous.
The first ghost to appear in Episode 4, "The Twin Thing," shows up when young Luke gets given a "big boy hat" found among Hill House's collection of junk. After Luke puts on the hat and runs off screen, the camera lingers for a moment and the focus shifts slightly, revealing a tall man standing behind a piece of furniture. It's possible that this is the same ghost who comes to retrieve his hat later in the episode.
The Ghost By The Window
After Luke runs off with his hat, Liv discovers a shawl that she likes the look of, and then shares with Hugh her oddly specific vision of what the room might once have looked like. It might be hard to concentrate on Liv's ruminations, however, since one of the more obvious background ghosts appears in this scene: the ghost with the long, pale hair, who is standing framed by the window at the end of the hallway. As the camera slowly zooms in, she disappears from sight.
The Ghost Face Returns
From one of the easiest ghosts to spot, we return to one of the more difficult ones: this time, the pale ghostly face that we saw earlier. As Luke and Nellie are playing with buttons in the speaking tube, look over to the glass panes on the left hand side of the screen and you'll see the face peering through. This time, even more chillingly, you can also see a ghostly hand reaching out to press its fingers against the glass!
The Doorway Duo
After running upstairs to investigate a strange voice coming from the speaking tube, Luke gets terrified by the ghost of an old woman in the bed. He goes running downstairs, but what he doesn't see are two more ghosts waiting at the bottom, on either side of the doorway on the right hand side of the staircase. These don't appear to be the same two ghosts that we saw lurking by the staircase earlier in the series, but rather a new set. More twins, perhaps?
Gerald Pays A Visit
The first ghost of Episode 5, "The Bent-Neck Lady," is also a cameo role - though don't worry if you didn't spot it. After Nellie runs terrified into her parents' bedroom, Liv does her best to comfort her. As she does so, you can see a face behind her on the left hand side of the screen. This ghost is actually played by Bruce Greenwood, who played the eponymous Gerald in Mike Flanagan's movie Gerald's Game .
Sweet Dreams, Nellie
After seeing the Bent-Neck Lady for the first time in Episode 5, Nellie begs to sleep downstairs the second night. However, one thing that this series makes clear is that there's nowhere in Hill House that's safe from the ghosts. After Hugh heads off to bed, look behind Liv on the left hand side of the screen and you'll see a ghost lurking in the darkness.
Hiding Under The Piano
As if ghostly faces weren't bad enough, there's a ghostly pair of hands visible underneath the piano in the scene where Liv accuses Nell of writing her name on the wall. You can spot them when Theo walks into the room - and this isn't the only time you can spot a ghost in this scene.
Come Home, Nell
When Theo touches the wall and realizes that Nell is telling the truth - she didn't write her own name there - a new camera angle reveals a small ghost (or someone sitting down) behind her, on the left hand side of the screen . This ghost is noticeable mainly because it moves slightly in one of the shots. The hands under the piano are visible again later in this scene, indicating that there are two ghosts in the room (rather than one ghost that switches positions).
Watching The Red Room
There are no hidden ghosts at all in Episode 6 (though there are some extremely visible ghosts), but it's back to Spook City in Episode 7, "Eulogy." This Hugh-focused episode doesn't have a whole lot of ghosts - perhaps because the Crain patriarch is less sensitive than his wife and children - but you can spot the first ghost when he tries to get into the Red Room through brute force. After Hugh tries and fails to open the door with a crowbar, he stands up and you can just about see a ghost peering through the doorway on the left hand side of the screen.
Look Behind The Shelf
The pale-haired ghost returns when Hugh discovers the body in the basement. You can spot her first after he startles back from his discovery - look just above Hugh's head at the shelf in the background, and you can see her hiding behind it.
A Discovery In The Wall
As Hugh peers closer at the discovery in the wall, so too does the pale-haired ghost move in. You can spot her in this closer shot, hiding behind the wall in the background, with her long hair hanging down.
She's Behind You, Officer
If you thought that having the police around would force these ghosts into hiding, you'd be wrong. After the discovery of the body in the wall, some cops show up to investigate. As they're all crowded around the grisly remains, you can see the pale-haired ghost hanging out behind them with her hand pressed against the wall.
Page 3: Hidden Ghosts in Episodes 8-10
The clock repair ghost.
OK, maybe this guy shouldn't really be included on the list since his presence and ghostly nature are explicitly acknowledged later on in Episode 8, "Witness Marks." In fact, the name of the episode is actually a reference to this mustachioed ghost who is seen fixing the clock. However, we're going to give him points for hiding in plain sight... and also for that wonderful facial hair.
Bedtime For Luke
The first ghost of Episode 9, "Screaming Meemies," appears after Liv is startled to find Luke suddenly gone from her arms. It turns out that he's actually being held by Hugh, who has picked him up and is preparing to carry him to bed. If Liv were to look past Hugh and Luke at this moment, she'd have even more reason to be disturbed - because there's a ghost watching them from the dining room.
The Kitchen Creep
The second hidden ghost of Episode 9 is one of the most obvious ones in the series - and also one of the scariest. This seems to be the same ghost that we saw in Episode 3, when Theo was discovering the basement beneath the kitchen, only this time its face is visible. We really wish that it wasn't.
When her migraines, terrible dreams, visions and blackouts start to frighten her husband and children, Liv agrees to leave Hill House for a while and go and stay with her sister. Unfortunately, the house isn't ready to let her go. After Liv has said her goodbyes and begins walking to the front door, the scene cuts to a wide shot that reveals a ghost standing in the doorway to the statue room, watching her leave.
A Ghost With a Big Head
The night after Liv departs, she secretly sneaks back to the house to enact a dark and terrible plan. That same night, Shirley descends the stairs, heading to the kitchen for a midnight snack. When she reaches the bottom of the stairs and the camera pans over to the hallway, you can see what looks like a ghost with an abnormally large head - reminiscent of the boogeyman Mr. Smiley that Theo dreamed about earlier in the series.
A Ghost Within a Dream
In Episode 10, when Steven returns to the house with his father to witness the memory of Hugh discovering Liv's body, and the Dudleys revealing that Abigail is actually their daughter, the "half-hidden" ghost returns. Look out for her in the doorway behind Steven as he approaches the grisly scene of his mother's death.
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Netflix's " The Haunting of Hill House " debuted in 2018, but viewers may still have some questions.
Although the show centers on the Crain family as they struggle with grief, the true mystery is around the supernatural beings terrorizing them in their home.
If all the jump scares and lingering dark figures left you with more questions than answers, we're here to help fill in some of the gaps.
Read on to see who's still lurking in Hill House and waiting for the Crain family to return.
Bent-Neck Lady is the first ghost seen in the series and haunts the youngest daughter, Nell Crain.
Throughout her life, Nell Crain is terrorized by a pale, black-haired woman with a broken neck that she calls the "Bent-Neck Lady." She typically sees her when she's experiencing sleep paralysis — making it impossible for her to move or scream.
We ultimately discover that the Bent-Neck Lady is Nell, haunting her younger self and possibly trying to warn her of the horrors to come in her future.
Olivia Crain is the matriarch of the Crain family.
Olivia Crain and her husband, Hugh, are house flippers who purchase Hill House to renovate over the summer. Things quickly take a turn for the worse when ghosts begin appearing and Olivia's mental state starts to deteriorate.
It's revealed that Olivia kills herself to escape the terrors she's experiencing, after which her spirit continues to haunt Hill House.
Poppy Hill is a 1920s-era ghost who seduces Olivia to murder.
Poppy Hill married into the Hill family, the haunted house's namesake. She met her husband, William Hill, in the asylum where they were both patients and took up residence in Hill House shortly after.
As a ghost, Poppy infiltrates Olivia's mind and convinces her that her children need saving from the terrible realities of the world. She believes the only way to wake them up from their nightmares is to kill them.
William Hill is the husband of Poppy and he tends to torment the youngest Crain, Luke.
When we first catch a glimpse of William Hill, he is an unusually tall man creepily floating just inches away from the ground. During his life, William drove himself insane from the guilt of his infidelity and used bricks to close himself into a basement wall, where Crain father, Hugh, finds his body 50 years later.
Today, he continues to haunt Luke for stealing his iconic bowler hat when he was a child living in Hill House.
Abigail Dudley is the Hill House caretakers' daughter who isn't allowed to leave her home.
When we first see Abigail Dudley, she's Luke's imaginary friend.
But it turns out, she's actually a very-much-alive little girl and the daughter of caretakers Horace and Clara Dudley. To protect her from the evils of Hill House, her parents keep her locked inside their home on the edge of the property and don't let her step foot near the Hill House.
She still befriends Luke and fatefully spends the night on the evening of Olivia's rampage. Abigail is a casualty of Olivia's delusions and becomes stuck in the house for eternity.
Hazel Hill is a wiry-haired old woman and William's sister.
Hazel Hill is a bedridden old woman who Clara cared for until her death. She's typically seen as a spooky background ghost in Hill House, but she speaks up when Poppy is seducing Olivia.
She makes it known that they have a contentious relationship as sisters-in-law and she believes Poppy is a liar.
A ghost in a wheelchair is seen wheeling out of a room during the epic storm.
This ghost is one of Poppy and William's children. He can't walk or talk so he bangs on the walls to communicate with his parents.
The Crain children hear lots of inexplicable banging in their rooms in the middle of the night, which is coming from this young ghost.
A clock-repairman ghost appears as a normal handyman to the oldest son, Steven Crain.
This ghost blends in with the live handymen seen repairing the house, but it's revealed that he is a ghost, too. Steven Crain wrote about this clock repairman in his novel, but always believed he was a real man and claimed to never see any ghosts when he lived in Hill House.
His father later explained that the special antique clock couldn't be repaired by an average handyman, and he never hired anyone to work on it. This proves that Steven did, in fact, see ghosts in his youth.
Toasting ghost is a man appearing to toast the oldest daughter, Shirley Crain.
This modern, suited man appears to Shirley Crain at random moments, toasts her with a glass of liquor, and disappears. It's revealed that this one isn't a true ghost, like the other permanent residents of Hill House.
He's a real man who Shirley had an affair with at a mortician's conference, and his apparition is a manifestation of her guilt.
Ghosts can be seen hiding in the shadows throughout the show.
It's hard to say how many ghosts live in Hill House. There are many ghosts hiding under stairs, behind the curtains, and generally lurking around in the shadows of Hill House.
They mainly appear out of focus in the background, but a bald man and a blonde woman are two of the reoccurring ghosts.
In the final episode, as Steven is leaving the house, all the resident ghosts gather behind him, showing there are dozens of people stuck inside.
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Ghosts Are Hidden All Over "The Haunting Of Hill House" – Here They All Are
The Netflix show is even spookier when you look closer.
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There's a lot to take in the first time you watch The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix, so you might not have realised there are a lot of ghosts hidden in the background. Suddenly, some of the most ~normal~/not scary scenes become a whole lot spookier. Here's all the hidden ghosts I could find...
Episode 1: "Steven Sees A Ghost"
The first couple of minutes of the haunting of hill house feature shots of the house with steven's voiceover. look closer as the camera pans over the stairs – there's a ghost hidden there..
Later, when Hugh wakes Steven, there's a ghost behind him.
And as the two of them run down the stairs, there are two ghosts off to the side.
Finally, when Liv talks to Mrs Dudley and Steven, there's a ghost behind her.
Episode 2: "Open Casket"
When shirley discusses the forever house with liv, there's someone in the garden behind her..
And there's someone in the background of the shots of Liv, too.
Episode 3: "Touch"
There's a face in the door when theo enters the kitchen..
And there's someone lurking in this shot of Theo and Luke.
There's also someone in the background of this shot, when Theo lowers Luke in the dumbwaiter.
There's a ghost standing off to the side when Theo investigates the basement.
There's also a face visible below the ladder.
And after Theo gets a vision of Liv's death, you can see this ghost lurking in the background again.
There's also this ghost watching Theo as she moves through the house.
Then there's someone behind Liv once again.
And when Hugh is leading Luke and Nellie out of the house on the last night, there's a ghost behind them.
Episode 4: "The Twin Thing"
There's someone lurking when luke first gets his "big boy hat"..
And as Liv and Hugh discuss the history of the house, there's a ghost in the background.
You can also see a face in the cabinet when Luke and Nellie are in the kitchen.
Episode 5: "The Bent-Neck Lady"
In the scene where liv accuses nellie of writing on the wall, there's someone below the piano..
And there's another ghost over Nellie's shoulder.
Episode 6: "Two Storms"
You probably spotted this, but there's a lot going on in the episode, so just in case you didn't – nellie herself appears as a ghost when hugh first views her body..
(She also appears later in the episode, of course, but it's even more obvious then.)
And this isn't a ghost exactly, but this statue's head moves when Liv enters this room...
Here it is as she exits, watching her:
Episode 7: "Eulogy"
There's someone watching hugh when he tries to break into the red room..
And again when he inspects the mould in the basement.
And again when the police are retrieving the body in the wall.
Episode 8: "Witness Marks"
It's not exactly a hidden ghost, but this is when we see steven encounter the clock repairman who we later learn is actually a ghost..
Episode 9: "Screaming Meemies"
When hugh is carrying luke to bed, a ghost lurks in the background..
And when Shirley is arguing with Luke about clothes for Abigail, there's a face reflected in the glass behind them.
Then as Liv leaves the house, there's a ghost watching in the background.
Episode 10: "Silence Lay Steadily"
Finally when steven watches the scene of his mother's death, there's a ghost over his shoulder..
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Hidden ghosts in The Haunting of Hill House - where to find them all
The Haunting of Hill House is scary enough, but now creator Mike Flanagan has revealed there's hidden ghosts
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Netflix 's The Haunting of Hill House is pretty scary as it is, but it seems there's something else lurking in plain sight to scare you even more - ghosts.
The show's creator Mike Flanagan revealed in a recent interview that there are ghostly figures "hiding in plain sight" through the whole ten episode series.
We're not talking the Bent Neck Lady or the Floating Man, but actual hidden figures.
But where are these hidden ghosts in The Haunting of Hill House?
The Netflix show, based off the novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson, centres on Hugh and Olivia Crain who move into Hill House with their five kids but they're plagued by paranormal activity.
Years later the Crains reunite at the house after their sister dies, and have to confront the house, which is a living being.
The series, created by show runner Flanagan, re-imagines the book adding an extra level of creepiness and was dubbed the "creepiest horror ever".
Now in an interview with Bloody Disgusting, Flanagan revealed there are a total of ten ghosts hiding, which some viewers have already spotted.
"I got to create whatever ghosts I wanted to and we would use them often based on the fears of people in the writer’s room," he said. "If you go back and watch the series again, in every episode there’s probably somewhere between eight and 10 ghosts that are just hidden in plain sight that we called no attention to but they’re there.
"As you see them pop up throughout, they’re definitely not random."
He added: "They are the denizens of Hill House from years past that the house decided to keep for itself."
Here's where to find the hidden ghosts - if we've missed any let us know in the comments.
Episode 1 - By the stairs
We've barely started and there the hidden ghost is. It's the very first minute, we're only just getting the introduction and as the camera pans over the stairs there's the first ghost - look between the bannisters.
Episode 1 - The Bent Neck Lady
You can see the Bent Neck Lady lurking in the background. It may not technically be hidden but it's still a blink and you'll miss it moment. She's only there for a second before she's gone.
Episode 1 - Steven's Room
There he is lurking in the background. When Hugh tells Steven there's something weird going on in Hill House they look on as the door knob is moved - though you can't see by what. When the camera cuts back the hidden ghost is there.
Episode 1 - Triplets by the stairs
When : 00:35
Oh hey there. As Hugh rushes down the stairs you see the triplets hanging out by the stairs. One woman is in the archway, the two men are on the right.
Episode 1 - Behind the clock
Olivia is seen boasting about Steve's talents after Mrs Dudley quizzes him on the gospels.
As she speaks a man lurks behind her by the clock. Look carefully and you can just see his face.
Episode 2 - In the garden
Liv explains about her vision of her dream house to Shirley, using the body metaphor, when a blonde child crops up in the background. Look to the right of the statue...
Episode 2 - In the kitchen
Shortly after the little blonde girl we see a ghostly figure to the right of Liv...
Episode 3 - Theo's ghost in the door
When Theo walks in to the kitchen to see Nell and Luke playing with the house's communication system look in the door...there's a face staring back at you.
Episode 3 - Right in front of them
Luke and Theo walk into the room as Mrs Dudley tells them off for messing around with the dumbwaiter, and there, right in front of them is a black figure, but they don't even see it.
Episode 3 - Dining Room
Luke persuades his sister to let him play with the dumbwaiter, but it doesn't end well.
As we see Theo staring into it we can see another ghost lurking in the dining room.
Episode 3 - The Woman in the kitchen
The familiar woman lingers by Theo. Theo is looking around the kitchen when a woman in a black dress stands to the left.
Episode 3 - The Ladder
It's Theo again. As she opens the hatch look down, there in between the ladder rungs is another ghost peering back.
Episode 3 - Living Room
As Liv hovers by her desk you can see a figure in the background in the dark of the living room.
Episode 3 - Bald Man in the corridor
There's a bald man watching Theo as she passes the jars.
Episode 3 - Long haired ghost
Theo isn't having a great time in episode three as most sightings focus on her. Here Liv beckons Theo to her, but look behind Liv and in the second arch to the left there's a long haired ghost lurking.
Episode 3 - The Arch
Hugh gathers his kids together as they try and flee from Hill House, but as he gets Luke and Nell we see a man hiding behind the lamp. Yikes.
Episode 4 - By the chair
As Luke and Nell are trying to tell their parents there's something wrong ,but they're ignored again.
There as they run and play is a figure by the chair - on the right.
Episode 4 - In the window
Liv and Hugh hug but to the right in the window is a blonde figure looking on. It's the same ghost that lingered in the arch.
Episode 4 - Behind the glass cabinet
This is a little harder to spot. On the left in the glass you can see a pale figure looking on as Nell and Luke try and send coins through the communication system.
Episode 5 - Twins by the stairs
As Luke runs down the stairs look to the right, there are twins lurking in the smaller arch.
Episode 5 - Behind Liv aka the Gerard's Game easter egg
Liv tells Nell she's safe and the Bent Neck Lady won't get her but as she reassures her a figure appears behind them. This one is a nod to Gerard's Game, Mike Flanagan's other Netflix offering. The figure is played by Carla Gugino's co-star Bruce Greenwood.
Episode 5 - Under the piano
When : 00:22:03
Liv sees drawings on the walls and turns on Nell, thinking it's her. As Theo comes into the room you can see creepy hands under the piano (on the left).
Episode 5 - Behind Nell
It's Nell's turn in episode 5 - behind her to the left you can see a figure lurking looking at her.
Episode 7 - At the door
As the stained glass cast a glow on Hugh look to the left, there is a figure peeking out from the door.
Episode 7 - Long Haired Figure (again)
Here she is again. The long-haired woman watches Hugh.
Episode 9 - In the Arch
If there hadn't been enough hidden ghosts, here's another - just one minute in we see a ghost watching over Hugh. Look to the right of Hugh in the arch.
Episode 9 - The giveaway ghost
We say giveaway as this is the ghost that had viewers cottoning on that something was going on - and got them looking for hidden ghosts. It's one of the most obvious.
Episode 9 - Liv leaving
As Liv leaves look to the side of the stairs and there stands a man in black.
His eyes are dark as he peers at the family.
If you're wondering what that ending meant, from the Red Room to explained the last episode.
Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below.
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How To Find All The Hidden Ghosts In ‘Haunting of Hill House’
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Mike Flanagan deserves a round of applause this month for introducing us all to one of the scariest shows to ever grace television, The Haunting of Hill House . There’s no denying that Haunting of Hill House is creepy, but it’s probably even creepier than you think. According to Flanagan and Netflix itself, the series is packed with hidden ghosts.
From the Bent-Neck Lady to Mr. Smiley there’s no shortage of ghosts and ghouls in this family melodrama. But if you made it through all 10 creepy episodes with the vague feeling that someone was watching you, congratulations for catching onto something big. In addition to the countless terrors that traumatize the Crain family, the background and edges of this series are packed with leering specters.
Some of these paranormal oddities are so obvious they’ll make you want to hit your head for missing them. Others are so secretive you’ll have to lean in and turn up the brightness just to get a glimpse at them. Regardless we broke down the dozens of ghosts hiding throughout this series. Check out Netflix’s teaser on these secrets then start ghost hunting on your own.
Episode 1, "Steven Sees a Ghost"
How many ghosts are there? 4
No. 1 The Staircase Weirdo: Steven’s opening monologue about Hill House features several different shots of the house — naturally all are at night. Around the 55 second mark, there’s an image of a stairwell. If you look carefully between the upper banisters of the staircase, you can see a small, white head peaking out.
No. 2 Steven’s Ghost: This may be one of the most difficult to spot ghosts in the whole series. Around 33 minutes into “Steven Sees a Ghost” a young Hugh Crain hides with his son Steven in Steven’s room. Petrified, the father and son watch as the door handle turns right then left before whatever’s on the other side leaves. At least that’s what they thought happened. He may be covered by the shadows but if you crank up your brightness (like we did) you can see that Steven and Hugh were never really alone.
No. 3 The Twins by the Stairs: Hugh can’t catch a break even while he’s escaping. While he’s dragging Steven down the stairs on the way to his car, you can see two ghosts standing to the right of the staircase. What are they doing there? No one knows. This happens around the 35 minute mark if you want to see for yourself.
No. 4 The Lady Behind the Clock: In a flashback roughly 51 minutes into the first episode, Mrs. Doyle lectures Steven about not knowing the gospels. Liv Crain then swoops in, defending her son while a ghost creepily leers on in the background. And Steven swears he’s never seen a ghost.
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Episode 2, "Open Casket"
How many ghosts are there? 2
No. 1 Shirley’s Young Stalker: You better believe the first flashback in Shirley’s episode features a ghostly encounter. About four minutes into Episode 2 a young Shirley asks her mother what she’s working on. While they’re talking you can faintly see a blonde girl standing outside. The little girl sticks around until around the 5:50 mark when Liv says that they’ll “never have to move, ever again.”
No. 2 Liv’s Unsettled Buddy: One scene, double the ghosts! While Shirley is being watched by the blonde girl, you can see a tallish figure watching Liv from the dining room. We don’t know what’s creepier — the double watch or the fact that Liv’s ghost seems to get tired and sit down partway through watching her.
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Episode 3, "Touch"
How many ghosts are there? 9
No. 1 Kitchen Ghost: Of course the emotionally repressed Theo gets the most ghosts. Of freaking course. The first creepy encounter happens about 9:45 minutes into Episode 3. A young Theo walks into Hill House’s kitchen eating an apple, but if you look to the right, you can see a face intently watching her from the glass.
No. 2 The Bad Hider: In another flashback Mrs. Dudley scolds Luke for messing with the dumbwaiter. About 16 minutes into the episode Theo calmly says that the caretaker isn’t mean but scared and she leads her brother away. But as Luke and Theo are leaving the scene, you can spot the worst ghost of all time. She’s a tall woman and her hiding place consists of shielding half of her body with a wall that’s right in Luke and Theo’s line of vision. However they don’t seem to see her.
No. 3 Blonde Creeper: It’s flashback time yet again. At one point a young Theo goes into the kitchen where she sees Luke messing with the dumbwaiter. He finally convinces her to send him upstairs on the device. Around the 18:15 minute mark you can see something with long hair in the dining room during a long shot.
No. 4 The Tall Woman: Later in the episode, a traumatized Luke tries to explain to his sister what he saw while he was in the dumbwaiter. That prompts Theo to investigate the rest of Hill House’s kitchen. If you look to the left side of the screen around the 28:30 mark you can see the figure of a tall woman as well as her limp hand.
No. 5 The Man Under the Ladder: Just a little bit later at the 29:13 mark, young Theo opens a hatch on the ground that leads to a ladder. Hiding behind one of the rungs is a super creepy face.
No. 6 Another Dining Room Lurker: About 10 minutes later it’s time for another flashback. While a young Theo is talking to her mother and being traumatized by her imagined death, you can see something ghostly watching Liv from the dining room. This happens around the 38:20 minute mark.
No. 7 The Bald Man: Hugh and Liv bring in the cops to investigate who (or what) traumatized their son. Around 39 minutes and 45 seconds in you can see a bald man lurking behind little Theo.
No. 8 The Long-haired Lady: Just seconds later another ghosts pops into Theo’s life. Around the 39:50 minute mark you can make out a long-haired figure standing behind Liv as she beckons her daughter into the dining room.
No. 9 The Watcher: Even when Theo is leaving her own haunted house she can’t escape ghosts. Around 51 minutes in, Hugh gathers up his kids and ushers them out of the house. While he’s guiding Nell and Luke, a creepy creeper can be seen leering in the background. Poor Theo.
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Episode 4, "The Twin Thing"
How many ghosts are there? 3 (or maybe 4…?)
No. 1 The Hatless Man: Luke’s episode starts with a warm memory. Too bad that’s laced with the undead. “The Twin Thing” shows Liv and Hugh giving Luke a big boy hat after he’s scared by the creature in the dumbwaiter. But once he puts the hat on and runs off, the camera lingers around the 8:20 minute mark. That’s when you can see a man lurking behind a piece of furniture to the right of the scene.
No. 2 The Lady Who Just Wants a Hug: This particular flashback about Luke is almost destined to be creepy. About 20 seconds after seeing the jealous tall man, Hugh and Liv hug. You can see a blonde lady staring them down.
No. 3 The Hand: This kid and dumbwaiters. Another flashback around 13 minutes into the episode follows Luke and Nell as they play with Hill House’s speaker system. While they’re messing with this, the camera pans out to a wide shot. You can see a hand pressing up against the left side of the screen.
Bonus No. 4 More Twins: Look, by Netflix’s official count there are only three ghosts in this episode. But there’s something weird going on with those stairs. While playing with the speaker for the house, Luke gets spooked and runs down the stairs to his parents. About 14:30 minutes into the episode, you can see another set of twins lurking in the righthand corner beneath the stairs.
Watch The Haunting of Hill House, "The Twin Thing" on Netflix
Episode 5, "The Bent-Neck Lady"
How many ghosts are there? 3
No. 1 The Gerald’s Game Cameo: This one is tough to spot, but once you see him prepare to be spooked. After a night of being terrified by the very real ghosts in her house, Nell spends the night on the couch. About four minutes into the episode Liv reassures her daughter that nothing will get her, which is exactly when a ghoul appears behind her.
But this just isn’t any old ghost. The spirit in this scene is none other than Bruce Greenwood . The actor starred alongside Carla Gugino in show creator Mike Flanagan’s other epic Netflix horror masterpiece Gerald’s Game . A lightened version of the lurker is above.
No. 2 The Lurking Musician: In a flashback The Haunting of Hill House shows us the time a ghost drew on the walls and blamed it on Nell. Why? Because ghosts are jerks. While Liv is lecturing Nell, you can see the hands of the real culprit crouching under the piano. It happens around the 22-minute mark.
No. 3 The Other Guilty Party: Or maybe the real culprit of the wall art was hiding behind Nell the whole time! Roughly a minute and 15 seconds after Liv blames Nell for writing on the wall, Theo goes over to inspect the wall for herself. While Nell is defending herself, you can see a white-faced someone or something watching her.
Watch The Haunting of Hill House , "The Bent-Neck Lady" on Netflix
Episode 6, "Two Storms"
How many ghosts are there? 0
Hey even the Crain family deserves a break sometime. According to Netflix’s handy guide to hidden ghosts, there aren’t any lurking spirits in “Two Storms.” But there is a possible Easter egg.
When little scared Nell sees the Bent-Neck Lady, the ghoul is standing next to an unsettling angel statue. Considering that creator Mike Flanagan is a known Whovian , there’s probably a good chance that statue is a nod to the Weeping Angels in the classic Doctor Who episode “Blink.” It probably doesn’t hurt that The Haunting of Hill House also deals with wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey… stuff.
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Episode 7, "Eulogy"
No. 1 The Mask-Wearing Monster: Home repairs aren’t going well for Hugh in Episode 7. At his most desperate moment he tries to force his way into the Red Room, and that’s when you can see it. Around the 38-minute mark something that looks like a person wearing a mask watches Hugh from the doorway.
No. 2 The Peering Lady: You know you’re having a bad day when you find a decomposed body and that’s only the second creepiest thing that’s happened. Right before past Hugh discovers the body lurking in Hill House’s walls, a woman with long hair can be seen watching him. Check her out around the 49:45 mark.
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Episode 8, "Witness Marks"
How many ghosts are there? 0
The Haunting of Hill House either doesn’t want to creep us out too much or always wants to make us hang on the edge of our seats. Either way there are two ghost-free episodes in this first season. But hey! Check out how creepy this shot of Hill House is.
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Episode 9, "Screaming Meemies"
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No. 1 The Bedtime Stalker: It’s Liv’s episode, so you know that things are going to get weird. The first creepy encounter happens a minute into “Screaming Meemies.”One minute Luke and Nell are snuggling in their mother’s arms. The next Hugh is carrying Luke to bed. When the camera cuts away from the shocked Liv, you can see something that shouldn’t be in the righthand side of the dining room.
No. 2 The Giveaway Ghoul: There always needs to be one easy Easter egg to tip people off to the game, and that Easter egg happens in Episode 9. While Liv is walking around in the kitchen a ghostly face can clearly be seen in the glass around the 8 minute and 12 second mark.
No. 3 An Unwelcome Member of the Family: With her constant headaches and hallucinations, it’s no surprise that Liv decides to take a break from Hill House in Episode 9. But what is surprising is who sees her off. At 35:50 minutes a man can be seen lurking in the corner as Liv leaves.
No. 4 Mr. Bighead: The night that Liv leaves, Shirley gets up in the middle of the night for a snack. While she’s passing by the stairs you can make out someone with an abnormally large head standing in the doorway around the 40 minute mark. Mr. Smiley, is that you?
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Episode 10, "Silence Lay Steadily"
How many ghosts are there? Who knows! Netflix gave us a big question mark for the ghost count in its final episode, so we’re just going to have to assume there are one million hidden ghosts. One million at the very least.
And this is where our hand-holding ghost hunt comes to an end. We’ll update this list if and when we find more hidden horrors. But for now the rest of this creepy treasure hunt comes down to you. Happy hunting! And try not to scare yourself too much!
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The Truth About The Hidden Ghosts In 'The Haunting Of Hill House' Is Creepy AF
Netflix original series The Haunting Of Hill House has really caught the attention of viewers due to the its terrifying plot. And now the show's creator, Mike Flanagan, has revealed something that makes it even creepier. In a recent interview, Flanagan explained that ghostly figures are "hiding in plain sight" throughout the entirety of the series, but where are the hidden ghosts in The Haunting Of Hill House ?
The Netflix show is based on the 1959 novel of the same name by author Shirley Jackson. Netflix reimagined the book into a ten-episode series, and show-runner Flanagan revealed during an interview with Bloody Disgusting that a total of ten ghosts are carefully hidden throughout the episodes, something only eagled-eyed viewers may have picked up on.
The supernatural horror series is centred around Hugh (Michiel Huisman) and Olivia Crain (Carla Gugino) who temporarily move into an old mansion , known as Hill House. The couple reside in the house along with their five children, Luke, Shirley, Steven, Eleanor and Theodora - and the family is faced with both paranormal activity and tragedy. Years later, the Crain children reunite after the death of their younger sister, and are forced to confront the (sometimes literal) demons of their past.
The Haunting Of Hill House certainly doesn't skimp on scares, and horror fans can expect to enjoy plenty of jumpy moments and frights throughout. When speaking of the freedom to create his very own spooky vision, Flanagan said, "I got to create whatever ghosts I wanted to and we would use them often based on the fears of people in the writer’s room." He told Bloody Disgusting, "If you go back and watch the series again, in every episode there’s probably somewhere between eight and 10 ghosts that are just hidden in plain sight that we called no attention to but they’re there. As you see them pop up throughout, they’re definitely not random", and added "They are the denizens of Hill House from years past that the house decided to keep for itself."
Legendary horror novelist Stephen King, known for writing classics such as The Shining and It , shared his his praise for the Netflix adaptation on social media. He wrote, "I don’t usually care for this kind of revisionism, but this is great. Close to a work of genius, really. I think Shirley Jackson would approve, but who knows for sure". And it appears King isn't the only one loving The Haunting Of Hill House, in fact the show currently boasts a massive 90% percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critics' consensus on the site reads "Th e Haunting of Hill House is an effective ghost story whose steadily mounting anticipation is just as satisfying as its chilling payoff".
One review from Roger Ebert complimented the show's creepy imagery stating that "[it] contains some of the most unforgettable horror imagery in film or television in years". Viewers of the show appear to be equally as enthusiastic about the horror themes, and have taken to social media to give their thoughts on the series.
As we approach Halloween, I couldn't think of a more appropriate show to stream, and if you're looking for a fright you certainly won't regret investing in this brilliantly spooky series.
Netflix's Haunting of Hill House: Hidden Ghosts in Season 1 Revealed
Look closer, if you dare.
Warning: The following contains full spoilers for Season 1 of Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House. You can read our spoiler-free review right here .
After being challenged to find more hidden ghosts than Netflix originally led us to believe there were by Haunting of Hill House's creator Mike Flanagan, we have investigated and updated our list. If we've missed any that you've spotted, let us know. (We're not counting the statues - even though their moving heads are very creepy - because they're statues, not ghosts!)
The first season of Netflix's Haunting of Hill House is a sumptuous, atmospheric and engrossing piece of television - but even if you found yourself terrified by its overt, purposeful jump scares and escalating tension, chances are you may have missed some of its more subtle spookiness. It's easy to spot some of the show's most memorable ghouls like the Bent Neck Lady or the Floating Man, but did you catch all the hidden ghosts lurking in the background? There are many more than you think, and according to the cast, they all have backstories and tie into the troubled history of Hill House .
Whether you don't dare to rewatch the chilling freshman season or just want some tips on where to look, we've trawled through the haunted halls and collected some of the skin-crawling apparitions for you to go back and find... if you're brave enough, that is. Check out the gallery below to the specters waiting to haunt your nightmares.
Hidden Ghosts in The Haunting of Hill House
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Think you've spotted a hidden ghost we missed, or just want to share your trauma with fellow fans? Hit the comments below!