The Haunting Of Hill House Creators Are Making A Terrifying New Netflix Series

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, TV
Published 03.07.19

I’m hardly the biggest horror fan in the world, largely because I’m a giant wuss, and the Haunting of Hill House proved exactly why I have such a strong aversion to them.

After a hard day’s work writing all this content, the last thing I want to do is come home and be terrified to death. I want to watch The Office or something and relax. Is that too much to ask?

Anyway, The Haunting of Hill House was immensely popular when it came out; whether it was a ghost lurking in the background of a particular scene or someone noticing Olivia had her hair differently, we were on it.

Given its success, Netflix have decided that they enjoyed people paying to watch it, consequently signing director Mike Flanagan and production partner Trevor Macy on for a multiyear deal.

And now they’ve commissioned them to make another horror drama series called Midnight Mass.

The show will be a seven-episode series about an isolated island community that begins to experience miraculous events — and frightening omens — when a mysterious young priest arrives in town.

The brand new show should come as no surprise because Flanagan and Macy have a very strong relationship with Netflix.

The duo collaborated with the streaming giant on the 2014 feature Oculus and continued to work together in the horror/ thriller genre with Gerald’s Game, Hush and Before I Wake, all of which have streamed on Netflix.

And they’ll be joining forces for the second season of The Haunting of Hill House.

However, not all is as it seems, as though the new season will be sort-of a sequel, it’s not going to have the same name or the same cast.

Netflix have revealed that the new season, slated for a 2020 release, will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor. So rest assured that they’re more or less sticking to what they’re good at.

The recent season focused on the Crain family, who having grown up in a haunted house, were still being affected decades later.

With that in mind and with the news that Bly Manor (yeah I’m already shortening it) will have new characters, director Mike Flanagan has hinted that the show could turn into an anthology series, similar to American Horror Story. He told Entertainment Weekly:

“As far as I’ve ever been concerned with this, the story of the Crain family is told. It’s done. I think that there are all sorts of different directions we could go in, with the house or with something completely different. I love the idea of an anthology as well.

I felt like the Crains have been through enough, and we left them exactly as we all wanted to remember them, those of us who worked on it. We toyed with a cliffhanger ending and we toyed with other ideas, but ultimately, in the writers’ room and with the cast and everything else, we really felt like the story demanded a certain kind of closure from us and we were happy to close the book on that family.”

The new season, which is based on the novel The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, is scheduled for release sometime in 2020 and Victoria Pedretti, who appeared in the first season, will be returning, whilst other cast members have yet to be announced.

Lovely stuff. 

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