Out of 10 episodes of dazzling TV, Mike Flanagan followed tracked a horrifying, deliciously creepy ghost story in The Haunting of Hill House.
The Netflix horror series was adapted from Shirley Jackson’s amazing 1959 novel of a similar name, with Flanagan taking the reigns on ensuring a smooth, effective transfer. It follows the fractured Crain family, who suffering disaster have to come together to confront the terrifying memories of their old home, which still plague their lives.
The book has seen the light of the cinema before; it was adapted in 1963 and 1999, the two movies titled Haunting (the former is a classic, the latter a hilarious dud). 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 Flanagan reckons it’s ‘going to be unbelievably scary’.
THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, revised and remodeled by Mike Flanagan. I don't usually care for this kind of revisionism, but this is great. Close to a work of genius, really. I think Shirley Jackson would approve, but who knows for sure.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 17, 2018
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 news 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 per Unilad: The Turn of the Screw revolves around a young governess who, will caring for two children, becomes convinced that the country estate is haunted. Though it won’t be a straight adaptation; as Flanagan said, the season will borrow elements from a number of James’ works, as well as tying it into the groundwork laid in the original season.
Flanagan further added:
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.