‘The Haunting Of Bly Manor’ Will Be “A Lot More Frightening” Than ‘The Haunting Of Hill House’

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Netflix
Published 07.11.19
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Show creator Mike Flanagan says that the second season of The Haunting of Hill House will be “scarier” than the first.

Otherwise known as The Haunting of Bly Manor – because that’s what it’s called – the continuation from Hill House is hotly anticipated with people eager to be scared on purpose yet again.

Based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name, The Haunting of Hill House was a huge success, coming out on Netflix last October and terrifying people all over the world, and now it faces competition for the second season…

It was frequently dubbed “the scariest TV show ever” and though a few people in the comments may say “lol it wasn’t scary at all,” ignore them because they’re probably the kind of people who would eat a Starburst without taking the wrapper off and then call it an Opal Fruit.

Based on the Henry James horror novella Turn of the Screw, which focuses on “a governess who, caring for two children at a remote estate, becomes convinced that the grounds are haunted,” The Haunting of Bly Manor will be loosely attached to it’s predecessor, in an anthology context; think American Horror Story.

Although we have a while to wait for the new season to come out, we’ve got some pretty exciting news from Mike Flanagan, who told Entertainment Weekly It’s scarier. It’s a lot more frightening, just on a visceral level.

He went on, speaking about his progress in the filming, saying:

It’s going great.

We’re about a third of the way through. It’s such a treat to play in the world of Henry James. It’s a whole different vibe from Shirley Jackson.

haunting of bly manor much scarier

Turn of the Screw is kind of the backbone of the season. But that’s been adapted so many times, and so well, like in the case of the The Innocents and others. There’s a new adaptation coming out in like a few weeks. You can skip rocks off of The Turn of the Screw. So, we were able to open up his entire library of ghost stories, stuff that’s never been adapted, and build the whole season out with the entirety of Henry James’ supernatural library.

And that has been a real treat, because we really get to do things that I’ve never gotten to see before. Turn of the Screw is really just our way in.”

Meanwhile, in an interview with BirthMoviesDeath, Flanagan said:

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.

We’ll just have to wait and see…

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