The Haunting Of Bly Manor is “much scarier” than Hill House

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Netflix has ordered a second season of The Haunting Of Hill House, with the show transforming into an anthology series. This second season, then, will be titled The Haunting Of Bly Manor. And now we’re hearing that it’s going to be scarier…

Back in February, Netflix confirmed that the show is coming back, albeit with a change to its source material. The Haunting Of Hill House was based on Shirley Jackson’s book of the same name, but The Haunting Of Bly Manor will be based on the works of Henry James, including The Turn Of The Screw.

“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,” says series creator Mike Flanagan in an interview with Birth Movies Death. “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.”

And much like Hill House, Bly Manor will have some hidden ghosts in the background of shots. As Flanagan explains, “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.”

Also, Collider recently reported that Victoria Pedretti, who played Nell Crain in The Haunting Of Hill House, will also appear in The Haunting Of Bly Manor. This time, she’ll play a different character, leading the show as a governess called Dani.

The Haunting Of Bly Manor is expected to land in 2020, and we’ll keep you posted as we hear more.