Netflix's Haunting of Hill House spread across 10 episodes of horrifying TV. Adapted from Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel of the same name, it follows the Crain family who in the face of tragedy have to come together to confront terrifying memories of their old home, which still plague their lives.
Stephen King even called it a ‘work of genius’.
The Haunting of Hill House season 2 will take the form of The Haunting of Bly Manor, based on Henry James’ 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw – and Mike Flanagan - the show's director - reckons it’s ‘going to be unbelievably scary’.
In an interview with Birth.Movies.Death, 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."
As for how it’ll look, Flanagan is very keen to retain the old school feel which made the first season so disarmingly frightening.
"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 Haunting of Hill House season 2, The Haunting of Bly Manor is due to hit Netflix sometime in 2020, although no exact date has been given.