When The Haunting of Hill House dropped on Netflix in October last year, no one quite predicted how much of a smash hit it was going to be.
As eerie as it was gripping, the show pulled all the right strings for horror fans and was backed by a solid story based upon Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name.
‘Haunting Of Hill House’ Actor ‘Confirms’ Terrifying Theory. Credit: Netflix
Flashbacks were used to tell the story of the five Crain family siblings, each of whom were dealing with repressed trauma and PTSD following their childhoods growing up in the super scary Hill House.
It’s for all of these reasons that audiences were delighted when a second season got the go-ahead just one month after airing, entitled The Haunting of Bly Manor.
Although news has been relatively quiet since then, it’s time to board the hype train once more, as it looks like filming for season two will start very soon.
According to numerous sources, including Discussing Film, the production team are hoping to start shooting on September 30 in Vancouver.
Yes, that does mean we’ll have a while to wait until we catch a glimpse of the follow-up – we’re looking at a 2020 release earliest – but at least we know it’s happening.
If you’re wondering what the second season is all about, it’s based on the book The Turning of the Screw, written by Henry James and published in 1898.
Director Mike Flanagan is transforming the show into an anthology series, as was indicated in an earlier interview with Carla Gugino, who plays Olivia Crain.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Gugino said: “Mike Flanagan said he would be interested in the notion of an anthology, where some actors come back to play different characters.
“I think he feels like he has told the complete story of the Crain family. But if I was invited and I was able to, I would really love to, just because I do love to collaborate with him.”
This gives Flanagan room to present audiences with a fresh new story while bringing back some of our fan faves from previous episodes.
Credit: Netflix/The Haunting of Hill House
Two of the stars confirmed to be returning for the sequel include Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Victoria Pedretti, who played troubled twins Nellie and Luke Crain in season one.
Oliver will go from being the drug-addicted Luke Crain to Peter, a resident of Bly Manor, while Victoria, who played Nellie (aka Bent Neck Lady) is set to portray a ‘governess who takes care of two very unusual children’.
We can’t wait to see what horrors are in store for the residents of Bly Manor. Here’s hoping there are just as many creepy surprises as there were at Hill House.