Mike Flanagan Says ‘Bly Manor’ Will Be ‘More Frightening’ Than the First

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If fans of last year’s Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House found it scary, it sounds like they haven’t seen anything yet.

While promoting Doctor Sleep, director Mike Flanagan commented on his follow-up, The Haunting of Bly Manor, calling it “scarier” and “more frightening, just on a visceral level.”

Flanagan went on to say:

“It’s going great. We’re about a third of the way through. It’s such a treat to play in the world of Henry James. It’s a whole different vibe from Shirley Jackson. Turn of the Screw is kind of the backbone of the season. But that’s been adapted so many times, and so well, like in the case of The Innocents and others. […] We were able to open up [James] entire library of ghost stories, stuff that’s never been adapted, and build the whole season out with the entirety of [his] supernatural library…”

Bly Manor will see the return of several Hill House cast members, including Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, Victoria Pedretti and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Unlike American Horror Story, however, it won’t be connected to the previous 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,” stated Flanagan.

The Haunting of Bly Manor began filming at the end of September and is eyeing a late 2020 release.

Source: Entertainment Weekly