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The Haunting Of Hill House Producer Says Season 2 Is 'Much Scarier'

The Haunting Of Hill House Producer Says Season 2 Is 'Much Scarier'

Exciting times are ahead if you were a fan of the hugely successful Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House. Yep, there's a second series on the horizon (as in, 'it starts filming next month and should be out in 2020'... that sort of 'on the horizon') which I think we can all agree is good news.

Even better news though - producer Mike Flanagan has revealed some details for the new series, titled The Haunting of Bly Manor, including the fact that he thinks it's 'much scarier than season one' - bring it on.

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Speaking about the series, which is named after the house in Henry James' classic horror novella The Turn of the Screw, Flanagan told film blog 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 one, 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 one, so I'm very excited about it."

Victoria Pedretti played Eleanor 'Nell' Crain' in The Haunting of Hill House. Credit: PA
Victoria Pedretti played Eleanor 'Nell' Crain' in The Haunting of Hill House. Credit: PA
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Flanagan also reassured fans that he will be keeping plenty of familiar faces on board, saying: "We're hanging the season on Victoria Pedretti and Oliver Jackson-Cohen [who played Nell and Luke Crain, respectively], and in addition to them, there are going to be other familiar actors from season one.

"Beyond that, I've got quite a few candidates among new faces who I really love, but we haven't formally cast anybody yet."

Oliver Jackson-Cohen portrayed Luke Crain. Credit: PA
Oliver Jackson-Cohen portrayed Luke Crain. Credit: PA

The Turn of the Screw is a 1898 story that tells the tale of a governess who goes to Bly Manor to look after two recently orphaned children Miles and Flora, who were under the care of their uncle and had been looked after by housekeeper Mrs Grose.

It's not long before the governess starts to spot ghostly figures in the house and its grounds. Typical, eh?

However, as the last season was based on Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and didn't strictly follow the original story, it's possible that the second season will be similar - so, even those familiar with the Henry James story could be in for plenty of surprises. Only time will tell.

One thing that is certain is that Flanagan will 'absolutely, 100 percent' follow the Hill House approach in Bly Manor, as he told Birth. Movies. Death.: "That's part of the DNA of The Haunting for me - that old-school approach to the ghosts".

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Netflix, Haunting Of Hill House

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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