Horror buffs have received some great news today on the upcoming release of Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor.
Keep scrolling for a sneak peek at the new series…
The Haunting of Hill House launched on Netflix late last year.
It 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Instead 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.
The Turn of the Screw is an 1898 novella which many credit with being a pioneer in the haunted house genre.
Henry 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.
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.
Alongside numerous stage adaptations, The Turn of the Screw was also the inspiration text behind the 1961 horror movie classic, The Innocents.
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.”
Perhaps 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.
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.
“But within the framework of a new story, without having to be restrained by the decisions we made last time.”
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.
“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.”
“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.“
He’s also working on another Netflix horror series called Midnight Mass, which deals with paranormal occurrences in the sphere of religion and spirituality.
Back in February, fan got the news that the series wrapped filming.
Many were worried that the pandemic would have delayed its release, but it seems the series is slated for release this year.
It’s everything we hoped for!
And it’s safe to say, we’re terrified.
We just want a release date!
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