I *Knew* I Recognized the Dad in ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ from Somewhere

The entire time I was watching bingeing Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House, there was something I couldn't put my finger on (aside from the Bent Neck Lady, obvi). Why did Young Dad, aka house-flipper Hugh Craine, look so damn familiar? Naturally, I did a little digging on the old Google machine.

Oh yeah, it's because the actor is the same one who played Eliot in E.T. the Extra Terrestrial 36 years ago. (!!?!?!)

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Yep, young Hugh Craine is portrayed by 47-year-old Henry Thomas, who also had roles in popular movies like Gangs of New York and Ouija: Origin of Evil. I've seen both of those films, so I don't have any excuses, really. (He also had some sick sideburns and an earring in the ’90s, but I digress.)

Whew. I feel much better knowing this. Now excuse me while I pick up my wig from across the room.


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Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...