Everything We Know About The Haunting of Bly Manor

The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan returns with another ghoulish literary classic and some familiar faces.

by | November 6, 2019 | Comments

The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)
(Photo by Netflix)

Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House flouted horror adaptation conventions, retooling Shirley Jackson’s classic novel to portray scary supernatural events, as well as explore a family’s enduring trauma as a psychological thriller. Aesthetically, the Netflix series was reminiscent of the book’s previous movie adaptations, but with Flanagan — screenwriter and director of such horror fare as Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil — at the helm, the familiar tale veered into exciting, new, and intensely creepy territory.

The first season of the series was a hit and is now Certified Fresh at 92% on the Tomatometer with 92 reviews. (Episode 6, “Two Storms,” in particular, impressed fans and critics.)

RELATED: Hear Us Out: The Haunting of Hill House Episode 6 Might Be This Year’s Best Horror Movie

So where will season 2 go? As soon as the story of the Crain family ended in season 1, Flanagan confirmed to press that their tragic story was complete. The next installment will follow a new family’s story — in a completely different haunted house. With some familiar faces set to return, however, it seems Netflix’s Haunting series could become the streamer’s answer to American Horror Story.

“There’s not a narrative connection, but there are little Easter eggs, for sure, not only in small details but in moments of dialogue and in some of the ideas from Hill House,” Flanagan told Entertainment Weekly. “There are definitely going to be things that will set off that little dopamine rush that those kind of connections create. But it’s not a direct connection from a story point of view.”

As speculation swirls about the show’s upcoming sophomore season, here’s everything we know about The Haunting of Bly Manor.


Deborah Kerr in 1961 film The Innocents (Fox)
(Photo by Fox)

Flanagan has turned his attention to a different author’s work for this outing. In February, Netflix revealed that the next installment of the series will be titled The Haunting of Bly Manor based on Henry James’ 1898 Gothic horror novella The Turn of the Screw.

The story was adapted previously for the big screen in the 1961 film The Innocents, starring Deborah Kerr and Michael Redgrave, as well as in other feature films and TV movies as “The Turn of the Screw.” Another take on the tale, titled The Turning and starring Mackenzie Davis and Finn Wolfhard, is scheduled to hit theaters next January.

“It’s such a treat to play in the world of Henry James … [but] You can skip rocks off of The Turn of the Screw,” Flanagan told EW. “So, we were able to open up his entire library of ghost stories, stuff that’s never been adapted, and build the whole season out with the entirety of Henry James’ supernatural library. And that has been a real treat, because we really get to do things that I’ve never gotten to see before. Turn of the Screw is really just our way in.”

For those unfamiliar, James’ classic story tells the tale of a young governess who heads to Bly Manor in Essex, England to keep an eye on an orphaned boy and girl. The governess then begins witnessing supernatural activity, becoming convinced the kids are being visited by ghosts.

“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 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.”

Sounds like The Haunting of Bly Manor could also feature tidbits from “The Beast in the Jungle,” “The Figure in the Carpet,” “In the Cage” and/or “The Altar of the Dead.”


The Haunting of Hill House star Victoria Pedretti (Netflix)
(Photo by Netflix)

Flanagan has recently tweeted casting announcements for The Haunting of Bly Manor and revealed that Hill House‘s  Victoria Pedretti and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, whose connection as twins Nell and Luke Crain was the emotional foundation for that story, have both joined the new installment. Kate Siegel, who played the troubled, be-gloved sister Theo Crain, and Henry Thomas, who played young Hugh Crain, will also return.

The Haunting of Hill House featurette screencap (Netflix)
(Photo by Netflix)

Catherine Parker, who played the 1920s-era flapper ghost Poppy Hill in The Haunting of Hill House, will also return for Bly Manor.

Flanagan hasn’t revealed which roles the actors will take on in Bly Manor. We do know that Pedretti’s character will care for the young boy and girl at Bly Manor. Jackson-Cohen is playing Peter, “a charming young guy” who lives at the estate and “makes life difficult” for everyone in the house.

There hasn’t been any news on Carla Gugino’s return but she has expressed interest in returning to the series.


Rahul Kohli as Ravi Chakrabarti in iZombie (The CW)
(Photo by The CW)

New actors joining the mix include iZombie fan favorite Rahul Kohli, who has signed on as a series regular. Deadline describes his character as “a small town guy with a worldly mindset, who was returned to the country to take care of his ailing mother.”

Flanagan has tapped child actors T’Nia Miller (Years and Years) and Amelia Eve to join Bly Manor, though their parts have not yet been announced. And Amelie Smith and Benjamin Ainsworth will play Flora and Miles, the odd children under the care of the governess.


Narrative cohesion was a big component that helped The Haunting of Hill House‘s success. And while Mike Flanagan is still involved with the second installment of the series, it seems that this time around, the Doctor Sleep helmer is divvying up the directing responsibilities to up-and-comers in the filmmaking world.

Among the group joining the project are co-directors Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling, whose movie Cargo offered a new, bleak twist to the zombie genre; Ciarán Foy, who made his debut in 2012 with film festival darling Citadel; Liam Gavin, the writer and director behind the 2009 award-winning horror film Dark Song; and Axelle Carolyn, the writer and director behind the Tales of Halloween segment, “Grim Grinning Ghosts.”

While it’s not yet been confirmed if Flanagan will helm any episodes in the new installment to the series, the addition of these names reaffirms the filmmaker’s affinity for the genre’s independent storytellers.


Bly Manor’s themes are still a mystery, but one thing we do know is that the hidden-ghost scavenger hunt will continue.

“That’s part of the DNA of The Haunting for me — that old-school approach to the ghosts,” he told Birth.Movies.Death. “In particular, we’re having an enormous amount of fun talking about how to take some of the ideas from season 1 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.”


From the sounds of it, Flanagan’s attention to overall tone is likely to continue in Bly Manor, but the fright factor will be kicked up a few notches.

“For Henry James fans, it’s going to be pretty wild,” Flanagan said, “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 1, so I’m very excited about it.”


Doctor Sleep stars Ewan McGregor (Warner Bros)
(Photo by Warner Bros.)

Netflix has not announced when The Haunting of Bly House will premiere. Flanagan teased his own expectations to The Wrap: Halloween 2020.

“I don’t know the date, but, you know, I left the set to come here,” Flanagan said ahead of the theatrical release of Doctor Sleep, the highly-anticipated sequel to Stephen King’s The Shining that he directed. “It’s probably Halloween again, if I had to guess. You’re going to like it. It’s cool!”

While you wait for fall 2020 to roll around, grab a slice and…


The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)
(Photo by Netflix)

To ease our collective hunger for the ghastly and ghoulish, an extended director’s cut of the season that King called “close to a work of genius” is now available.

The Haunting of Hill House is now streaming on Netflix. The Blu-ray release of The Haunting of Hill House is now available on Amazon.

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.


Tag Cloud

Spectrum Originals television political drama Spike HBO Max Tomatazos Heroines spinoff adventure President Captain marvel Fox News a nightmare on elm street MCU The Purge facebook LGBTQ Musicals SDCC Shondaland WarnerMedia true crime Sony Pictures Disney Plus CMT space Action Opinion anthology cops video Summer Christmas Superheroes Tumblr Hallmark Christmas movies Amazon Endgame werewolf cars YouTube Red travel Animation TCA 2017 New York Comic Con Martial Arts mission: impossible romantic comedy Academy Awards hispanic disaster Apple TV Plus Reality Competition spider-man WGN book Song of Ice and Fire casting zombies Arrowverse Stephen King Elton John Showtime christmas movies talk show dramedy richard e. Grant versus Certified Fresh IFC Films Brie Larson The Witch Creative Arts Emmys documentary Comedy Nickelodeon See It Skip It Freeform quibi biography Pop Mindy Kaling Lucasfilm SundanceTV cinemax supernatural what to watch Rom-Com foreign Pop TV Avengers TCA Crunchyroll X-Men critics YouTube science fiction Drama Chernobyl social media Anna Paquin TruTV singing competition DC streaming service dc Syfy Red Carpet canceled thriller Box Office period drama El Rey Emmy Nominations unscripted asian-american dogs Family Marvel Television stand-up comedy war Acorn TV Holiday VOD TV renewals renewed TV shows cooking American Society of Cinematographers series cancelled TV series revenge Cannes HBO Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Britbox Grammys GLAAD CW Seed hist BAFTA Hallmark LGBT OWN RT History indie spanish language directors Disney streaming service CBS All Access medical drama Television Academy Winter TV Peacock Country screenings Logo IFC PaleyFest FX on Hulu Lionsgate Travel Channel theme song 71st Emmy Awards Fall TV First Reviews 4/20 Pet Sematary latino cats Character Guide Amazon Prime Warner Bros. comiccon Amazon Prime Video teaser Starz Mary poppins comedies dragons TIFF Funimation twilight The Arrangement satire halloween natural history canceled TV shows Pirates elevated horror Mystery 20th Century Fox adaptation franchise Rocketman Pixar GoT based on movie Food Network Super Bowl Adult Swim joker crime thriller docudrama Reality Star Trek zero dark thirty TCA Winter 2020 NBC breaking bad green book YA discovery AMC Hear Us Out GIFs comics National Geographic PlayStation Rocky Epix technology E3 spy thriller Esquire Polls and Games universal monsters dark Cartoon Network Holidays Quiz ABC Interview crime drama SXSW First Look die hard Biopics Ovation Thanksgiving Superheroe OneApp BBC Trophy Talk Fantasy chucky Mudbound VH1 Writers Guild of America Dark Horse Comics Trailer Baby Yoda Rock TCM Set visit Watching Series indiana jones cancelled television Women's History Month stoner Ellie Kemper spain parents Countdown Tubi VICE DirecTV concert dceu 2018 cancelled 21st Century Fox Comedy Central Apple Sundance Now Calendar Vudu mockumentary diversity The CW streaming PBS Awards Tour Nat Geo sequel zombie Sundance TV blockbuster Photos MTV robots Shudder CNN documentaries NYCC MSNBC DC Comics anime Mary Poppins Returns Paramount Network Teen Tarantino Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Pride Month vampires reviews Schedule FXX A24 24 frames serial killer Podcast binge cancelled TV shows golden globes 007 child's play TV 2017 Apple TV+ movie cults name the review BBC One TNT composers rotten movies we love 45 Lifetime Turner Bravo aliens 2015 Disney Musical Premiere Dates CBS Star Wars festivals Discovery Channel Black History Month Election free movies movies psychological thriller ratings Amazon Studios Marvel Cosplay Sneak Peek Classic Film Toys comic ghosts crossover Paramount Ghostbusters Year in Review doctor who historical drama news Marvel Studios Disney+ Disney Plus Oscars Awards Music FOX toy story Emmys children's TV transformers Mary Tyler Moore Video Games slashers Netflix criterion mutant History San Diego Comic-Con DC Universe Western BET Awards Extras YouTube Premium Columbia Pictures reboot 2020 harry potter Trivia Binge Guide 2019 Crackle award winner game of thrones south america batman BBC America best Horror TBS Comics on TV game show cartoon boxoffice jamie lee curtis justice league Hulu independent sitcom video on demand ITV Disney Channel ESPN Universal Netflix Christmas movies Masterpiece Film ABC Family nature Kids & Family finale BET USA Network Sci-Fi tv talk crime politics psycho kids USA romance police drama Nominations Winners Marathons strong female leads miniseries Best and Worst DGA Black Mirror Valentine's Day sports APB Spring TV Walt Disney Pictures TLC RT21 all-time The Walking Dead 2016 A&E blaxploitation HBO Go Turner Classic Movies screen actors guild Sundance films Film Festival sag awards Lifetime Christmas movies Comic Book animated FX witnail Infographic TV Land E! scary movies