If you’d told us last year that a horror Netflix series that inconsistently adapts a 1959 novel would be one of the best shows of the year, we might not have believed you. Normally inaccurate adaptations really fall short, but Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House really nailed it. A flashback-heavy exploration of repressed traumas, PTSD and a super creepy mansion somehow managed to be the horror hit we really needed.
After proving itself following its launch in October last year, fans were pleased to find out that the show had secured itself a second season, and even more pleased that we’d be visiting another classic horror novel, rather than trying to drag anymore out of what felt like a complete story.
Earlier in the year, the show’s Instagram page asked fans to guess where the new story would be set, and several well-read viewers managed to guess it!
The new season, titled The Haunting of Bly Manor, jumps from Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House, to the 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. This move sees the show transform into an Anthology series. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Carla Gugino, who played Olivia Crain in the first season, said “Mike Flanagan [the show’s creator], said he would be interested in the notion of an anthology, where some actors come back to play different characters.”
According to Ladbible, Oliver Jackson-Cohen (who played Nellie Crain) and Victoria Pedretti (Luke Crain) are two of the original cast confirmed to be returning. Oliver is set to play Peter, a resident of the new manor, with Victoria to take the role of ‘The Governess’.
Victoria took to the show’s Instagram page to explain a bit more about the character;
The original story for this second season, The Turn of the Screw, is renowned in academic for many complex interpretations of the ghosts that haunt its’ mansion, and the human residents. Just like with Hill House, they deal with some deep traumas and it should be exciting to see how the show tackles them.
The new season is set to start filming in September, and we can’t wait to see the gothic horrors of Bly Manor brought to life in the style of Hill House.