Warning: huge, nightmarish spoilers for The Haunting of Hill Home beneath!
I do know I put a spoiler warning proper above this, however let me simply say, as soon as extra, that for those who’re about to surrender on discovering out who the dreaded Bent-Neck Woman is on Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill Home, do not. Severely – do not. The large reveal of who she is solidifies what’s so distinctive about this collection: it seamlessly blends horror and tragedy in a approach that few movies within the style have ever managed to beforehand accomplish. That being stated, for those who actually, really must know (otherwise you watched the present and simply wish to kind by means of your feelings with me), let’s get to it.
Our first introduction to the Bent-Neck Woman comes within the collection’ first few episodes, which waste little time in freaking us out after the Crain household strikes into the titular haunted house. Initially, the determine appears to be the figment of younger Nell Crain’s (Violet McGraw) overactive creativeness, which her dad and mom, Hugh (Henry Thomas) and Olivia (Carla Gugino), chalk as much as the brand new atmosphere. Nell is plagued with nightmares that trigger her to scream loud sufficient that her dad and mom go frantically operating for her room, evening after evening. Every time, she tearfully explains darkish spirit who she dubs the “Bent-Neck Woman” was hovering over her as she tried to sleep.
Though Nell’s household does not consider her – save for her loyal twin, Luke – we, the viewers, are very a lot conscious of the Bent-Neck Woman’s very actual presence. (For the sake of my sanity, let’s confer with her as BNL any more, we could?) The BNL appears to go to Nell solely at evening, has lengthy, stringy hair, and wears a flowy black costume. We’re by no means in a position to see her face, however we all know that her neck is bent at a grotesque angle, suggesting she was hanged. Resulting from her look, she simply takes the cake because the character “Most More likely to Make You In a single day a Evening Gentle” in the midst of your Haunting of Hill Home binge. I converse from expertise.
The collection flashes forwards and backwards to the Summer season the Crains lived in Hill Home and years later once they’re all grown up. In maturity, Nell (performed by Victoria Pedretti) continues to be haunted by visions of the spirit, though it has been a decade since she stepped foot in her former house. In maturity, her experiences with the BNL appear extra like evening terrors – she wakes up coated in sweat, feeling fully paralyzed. It will get to the purpose the place she decides to hunt assist from sleep consultants, which is the place she meets Arthur (Jordane Christie).
Nell and Arthur get married, and miraculously, her visions of the BNL stop solely. For as soon as it appears issues are really going Nell’s approach. Not lengthy after tying the knot, nevertheless, Nell wakes up in the identical paralyzed state she used to and sees the BNL hovering of their bed room. Arthur additionally awakens when he hears Nell’s panicked respiratory and will get as much as activate the sunshine and attempt to soothe her. However when he is midway throughout the room – i.e., subsequent to the BNL, who he cannot really see – his neck turns at a horrifying angle and he collapses to the ground, lifeless. Nell crawls to his lifeless physique, sobbing. His official reason for demise is dominated as an aneurysm.
The lack of Arthur sends Nell into a complete tailspin, and she or he begins seeing the BNL extra steadily (together with one notably terrifying second in a motel hallway). Lastly, her psychological well being takes a harmful nosedive that leads her to return to Hill Home. As quickly as she enters, she sees the ghosts of her lifeless mom, Olivia, and her late husband. Nell, not solely conscious of what is going on on due to the visions the home is inflicting her to see, follows her ghost mother up a excessive staircase. As soon as there, she’s tricked into placing a noose round her neck and Olivia pushes her personal daughter off the staircase, the place she is hanged to demise. Bam – the Bent-Neck Woman is born.
When Nell falls to her demise, time will get hazy, and we see her damaged type crash by means of a number of scenes up to now; she drops into her childhood bed room and scares her youthful self, she falls into the bed room the place Arthur died, the motel . . . you get the concept. Nell has been the Bent-Neck Woman all alongside.
Regardless that we all know it is Nell from that time on, seeing her within the type of the BNL continues to be completely horrifying, particularly as a result of Nell is the present’s sweetest, most kindhearted character. Watching her manipulated into being Hill Home’s most unlucky everlasting visitor is nothing wanting tragic. Up to now, The Haunting of Hill Home has been billed as a restricted collection, however if it does return for season two, hopefully there’s justice for Nell.