The Haunting of Hill House Explained
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Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House was so much more than your typical jump-scare thrillfest. The eerie series delivered creeptastic scenes, to be sure, but the really chilling thing about the show its ability to seamlessly sew together its supernatural side with higher concepts like childhood trauma, grief, and strained family relationships.
After the success of Hill House, creator Mike Flanagan decided to circle back to his hit haunted house show and turn it into an anthology series, The Haunting. The second season will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor, which draws from Henry James' classic novella The Turn of the Screw.
Based on that source material alone, we can infer that The Haunting Season 2 will be just as intense and cerebral as Hill House was, and the details that have been revealed so far have us excited. Let's take a look at everything we know about The Haunting of Bly Manor so far.
It will arrive in 2020. Though an exact release date has yet to be announced, The Haunting of Bly Manor is set to premiere on Netflix sometime next year.
You guessed it. The HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, a new chapter in the Haunting series based on the works of Henry James, is coming in 2020. pic.twitter.com/nvhRBEfH2E
— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) February 21, 2019
At least two Hill House alums will return for Season 2. Mike Flanagan has a history of re-teaming with the stars of his previous works, and that tradition will continue with Hill House. Victoria Pedretti and Oliver Jackson-Cohen have both boarded Bly Manor after playing the troubled twins Nell and Luke Crain in Hill House. Pedretti will now portray the Governess, Dani, who is charged with caring for two "very unusual children" (as Turn of the Screw readers will know, her mental state might also be called into question).
Nellie Crain may be gone, but Victoria Pedretti is returning to the Haunting universe in The Haunting of Bly Manor coming 2020! pic.twitter.com/uWoB5zdxKx
— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) June 28, 2019
Meanwhile, Jackson-Cohen will portray Peter, "a charming fellow" who lives in the eponymous estate and makes "life very difficult" for everyone else (in the book, Peter was a former employee who had a romantic relationship with the children's previous governess).
— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) July 15, 2019
Even more Hill House stars could appear, too. Carla Gugino, who starred as Olivia Crain in Hill House and previously teamed with Flanagan for his adaptation of Stephen King's Gerald's Game, has also hinted that she would be interested in returning for Bly Manor. And Flanagan himself confirmed to Birth.Movies.Death that other "familiar actors" from the first season will appear in the cast list, alongside some "new faces."
It'll be "scarier" than Hill House. While Hill House mostlykept the boo factor to a minimum, it sounds like Bly Manor will ramp up the spookiness quite a bit. Flanagan told Birth.Movies.Death, "We're looking at all the ghost stories of Henry James as the jumping-off point for the season, so it very much is a whole new deal. It's a cool way to expand on some of the things I loved about Season 1, but within the framework of a new story, without having to be restrained by the decisions we made last time. For Henry James fans, it's going to be pretty wild, and for people who aren't familiar with his work, it's going to be unbelievably scary. I already think it's much scarier than Season 1, so I'm very excited about it."
Prepare for another specter scavenger hunt in Season 2. One of the most interactive aspects of The Haunting of Hill House was the fact that fans could watch and re-watch scene after scene to spot all the ghosts hidden throughout the house, and Flanagan said a similar ghostly game will be afoot in Bly Manor.
We are already discussing how to up our hidden ghost game. https://t.co/rW4AW0LpF2
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) February 22, 2019
"That's part of the DNA of The Haunting for me — that old-school approach to the ghosts," he told Birth.Movies.Death. "In particular, we're having an enormous amount of fun talking about how to take some of the ideas from Season 1 about hidden ghosts and things like that, and find new gears for them this time. It'll be the same type of story, and we'll treat the ghosts very much the same way."
The Haunting of Hill House is available on Netflix now.