THE HAUNTING Moves Beyond Hill House For Season 2
The first season of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House reimagined Shirley Jackson’s classic horror novel as a modern story about shared familial trauma. It was a hit, so the pressure was on for Mike Flanagan – who directed and co-wrote every episode – to come up with something equally intoxicating for season 2, since the story of the Crain family was wrapped up in the first. Many – myself included – assumed he would go the anthology route, telling different stories set in Hill House.

What none of us figured is that The Haunting would move beyond its titular home and adapt another horror classic. But as revealed Thursday on Twitter, that’s exactly what Flanagan and his team are doing. The first teaser for season 2 blurred out the title but told us to “listen closely.”

In the background a faint voiceover can be heard. It’s a woman reading the words: “The terrace and the whole place, the lawn and the garden beyond it, all I could see of the park, were empty with a great emptiness.” This is a line from Henry James’ chilling horror novella The Turn of the Screw, which seemed to indicate the next season would set up shop in another famously haunted abode.

That news was confirmed by Flanagan and another quick teaser. Season 2 will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor and will readapt James’ story for the small screen.

This is thrilling news for any literary horror fans. The Turn of the Screw is a beloved staple in the genre, and was famously adapted into the controversial 1961 film, The Innocents. The book tells the story of a young governess who watches over two orphaned children in an English country house called Bly. She begins seeing ghostly apparitions and is troubled by the strange behavior of Miles, one of the children in her keep.

I assume Flanagan will approach Bly Manor the way he did Hill House, by re-imagining the story, possibly in a modern setting, and with new characters and storylines. The news is also exciting, because it means the cast from season 1 could return in new roles, just like Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story.

The Haunting of Bly Manor also comes with the news that Mike Flanagan and his producing partner Trevor Macy have signed an exclusive deal with Netflix that will include more seasons of The Haunting and other new series. The pair previously worked together on the first season of The Haunting and on horror films like Oculus, Hush, the excellent Gerald’s Game, and the upcoming Doctor Sleep.

I can’t wait to see what the pair do next, and will have a watchful eye on more news about The Haunting of Bly Manor.

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