Mike Flanagan Says ‘Haunting Of Bly Manor’ Is ‘Much Scarier’ Than ‘Hill House’

Audience members who were scared silly by “The Haunting of Hill House” will be downright petrified by “The Haunting of Bly Manor”.

That is according to series creator Mike Flanagan. “Hill House” was a big hit for Netflix, but the horror series wrapped with a definitive ending. That led people to wonder if there would be a follow-up.

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Flanagan and Netflix opted to take the route of an anthology series, announcing “The Haunting of Bly Manor” in February. “Bly Manor” is based on Henry James’ 1898 novella 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,” Flanagan told blog Birth.Movies.Death. “It’s a cool way to expand on some of the things I loved about Season 1, but within the framework of a new story, without having to be restrained by the decisions we made last time.”

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“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 assured. “I already think it’s much scarier than season 1, so I’m very excited about it.”

Season two of “The Haunting” premieres sometime in 2020. There will be some crossover as “Hill House” stars Victoria Pedretti (Nell) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Luke) return to the series, albeit as different characters.

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