If you're into getting simultaneously absolutely terrified and mind-numbingly sad about the depressing nature of the human experience, you'll likely already be a fan of Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House. The series followed the Crain family, who inhabited the haunted mansion of the show's title, and the way that the traumas of their childhood adversely impacted the rest of their lives. Cheery stuff.
Although the finale of season one was pretty conclusive, the fact that the show received such critical acclaim meant a follow-up was always on the horizon. And fans didn't have to wait long, with Haunting of Hill House season two announced earlier this year. It's titled The Haunting of Bly Manor, and true horror fans can rejoice, as it's based on classic novella, The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James. And the details that we know so far about it suggests that it's absolutely a must-watch.
The Haunting of Hill House launched on Netflix late last year.
via: IMDBIt immediately gained a ton of attention thanks to its extremely horrifying and heartbreakingly sad subject matter. Guess we're all just gluttons for punishment.
The series is loosely based on the 1959 novel of the same name.The Shirley Jackson story gained attention thanks to its incredibly atmospheric gothic themes - plus the fact that it was written by a woman in the fifties.
The Haunting of Hill House tells the story of a family.The Crains (which consist of two parents, three daughters, and two sons) move into the older house in the hopes of building their forever home there. But things don't go according to plan.
The house is filled with malevolent forces.In fact, after the series was released, many eagle-eyed internet fans had a field day going through the show shot by shot in order to identify all of the terrifying ghosts.
But it wasn't just a traditional ghost story.The reason The Haunting of Hill House was so good was the fact that it didn't just explore supernatural horrors, but also the very real horrors of being a human being.
It dealt with some pretty heavy topics.These included mental illness, childhood trauma, addiction, grief, and much, much more. When you combine these elements with actual ghosts, you've got a formula for horror gold.
But it was also mega scary.The way that the show dealt with tragedy and trauma, while still retaining excellent jump scares and haunting special effects made it an instant classic.
After the show ended, fans were left wanting more.While there's a ton of excellent horror on Netflix, The Haunting of Hill House was something a little different, and viewers were very sad to see it go.
But there was a problem.The ending scenes of The Haunting of Hill House were pretty perfect. On top of that, the fact that the source text ended after just one book meant that it seemed unlikely that there would be a follow-up series.
The series gained a ton of acclaim, though.
via: Getty ImagesThe directors of the show received praise both from audiences and critics alike - and thus, Netflix announced they would be making a second season of the show earlier this year.
But the second season is a little bit different.
via: IMDBInstead of directly following the story of the first season, the second will take on a whole new story. It's going to be called The Haunting of Bly Manor.
It's based on a classic from the horror canon.
via: WikipediaItThe Turn of the Screw is an 1898 novella which many credit with being a pioneer in the haunted house genre.
It was created by one of the biggest names in horror fiction.
via: Getty ImagesHenry James, born in 1843, is one of the most important literary figures from the turn of the 20th century. His most famous work is 1881's The Portrait of a Lady.
But he's also known for his groundbreaking work in the horror genre.And his 1898 novella, The Turn of the Screw, published across two editions of the newspaper, cemented his role as one of the godfathers of horror.
The Turn of the Screw was the origin of many horror tropes.It is a prominent work in the genre of gothic horror, and many of the things that we still associate with the genre to this day began with Henry James.
And James's story was made for the screen.
via: IMDBAlongside numerous stage adaptations, The Turn of the Screw was also the inspiration text behind the 1961 horror movie classic, The Innocents.
And horror fans can rejoice with this latest news.Director of The Haunting of Hill House, Mike Flanagan, has said, "I already think it’s much scarier than season one, so I’m very excited about it."
But those who dislike change don't need to fear.
via: Getty ImagesPerhaps taking a leaf out of American Horror Story's book, The Haunting of Bly Manor is still sharing some cast members with the show's first season, including a confirmed role for Victoria Pedretti.
But the season won't directly follow James's classic story.The expansive nature of a multiple-part series means that there's a ton of room for exploration. "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," Flanagan went on.
"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."
The varied nature of the source material means one thing.Rather than following a plot of one set story, Flanagan has much more freedom in terms of where his plot goes - and which themes he wants to explore.
But fans of the original series can count on one thing."That’s part of the DNA of ‘The Haunting’ for me - that old-school approach to the ghosts. In particular, we’re having an enormous amount of fun talking about how to take some of the ideas from season one 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 second series will have something for everyone.
via: Shutterstock"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."
And fans of Flanagan have a lot to look forward to.
via: NetflixHe's also working on another Netflix horror series called Midnight Mass, which deals with paranormal occurrences in the sphere of religion and spirituality.