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Invest In Some New Undies, Because ‘The Haunting Of Hill House’ Is Returning To Our Screens

Here's everything we know about Season 2.

The Haunting Of Hill House is returning for season two

On paper, Netflix’s The Haunting Of Hill House seemed set to be one of those weird, cult objects with a small but fervent fanbase.

After all, the miniseries’ tremendous source novel, written by Shirley Jackson, has been adapted for the screen many times before (shout-out to the not very good version where a nonplussed Owen Wilson gets sucked into an evil fireplace). Add to that the fact that showrunner Mike Flanagan’s take on the text basically amounts to, “what if it’s a soap opera with ghosts?”, and you’d have to be a very prescient culture watcher to guess that it might set the streaming world on fire.

But that’s exactly what The Haunting Of Hill House did, becoming not only a beloved critical success, but one of those genuine word-of-mouth sensations that get their every narrative twist dissected over water-cooler conversations across the globe.

All that meant that a second season of the show was inevitable. After all, the first season ended on such a perfect, bittersweet note of absolution, that thrusting the poor Crain family through another supernatural maelstrom seemed oddly cruel.

It’s lucky then that, Flanagan, a smart director with a good eye for innovation, has decided to avoid doing exactly that.

So, the good news is this: a second season of the show is coming, but though Flanagan is returning the Crain family aren’t. Instead, the miniseries will set its sights on a new classic supernatural novella — Henry James’ The Turn Of The Screw.

It’ll be called The Haunting Of Bly Manor, and it’ll be out some time in 2020.

There’s lot to get excited about in that announcement. The news that Flanagan himself is once again taking the creative reigns is excellent; the news that the Crain family are getting to bask in their own newfound comfort is even better.

And then there’s the quality of the new source text; The Turn Of The Screw is a supremely terrifying novella about a governess in a remote estate charged with looking after two children who slowly becomes convinced the place is haunted. It’s modern, and it’s strange, and it’s absolutely horrifying, making it perfectly suited for an adaptation.

Sure, we’ve admittedly got a while to wait for the new season — it hasn’t even been cast yet, let alone shot — but if you want to while away the time, why not check out Jack Clayton’s brilliant The Innocents, a 1971 adaptation of The Turn Of The Screw, to get you in the mood?

Or you could just rewatch the first season of The Haunting Of Hill House for the seventh time. Up to you.