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Could Netflix's 'The Haunting of Hill House' Be A More Satisfying 'American Horror Story'?

By Jodi Smith | Industry | February 21, 2019 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | February 21, 2019 |


Has it really only been four months since Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House polarized viewers with the eerie tale of the Crane Family and their fates? Yes. Yes, it has.

In a strange turn of events for a Netflix show, the streaming service announced a renewal of the planned anthology series. They sent out this tweet, which contains a clue concerning the content of The Haunting of SPOILER SPOILER, as we really are done with the remaining Cranes (who may or may not be caught in some sort of limbo inside Hill House SPOILER OR MAYBE NOT.)

The creepy voices clearly say, “empty with a great emptiness.” This is a line from The Turn of the Screw, a gothic horror novel written by Henry James.

Bly Manor is the setting for James’s story; an old country mansion where two orphans, Flora and Miles, live with a governess hired by their uncle. Ghosts abound, of course, providing Flanagan and his partner Trevor Macy with plenty of fodder for another season of creepy family drama.

Although the story moves away from Hill House and its characters, some of the cast from season one are set to appear. My money is on Kate Siegel, Flanagan’s wife, and frequent collaborator. Time will only tell whether Carla Gugino or Henry Thomas will also continue their relationship with the writer/director in the new setting. There’s a real American Horror Story vibe in this news, but I’m actually excited about it.

Netflix, Flanagan, and Macy expect to have The Haunting of Bly Mansion ready to binge in 2020.

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

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