The horror series has been confirmed for a second series, but there’s a twist…
According to Variety, the seven-episode series, titled Midnight Mass, will “follow an isolated island community which experiences miraculous events – and frightening omens – after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest”. Which sounds… well, which sounds more than terrifying, in this writer’s humble opinion.
Even more exciting than this, though? The fact that The Haunting on Hill House is getting a sequel, obviously.
The Haunting of Hill House was easily one of the most talked about TV shows of 2018… and for good reason. Based on Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name, the show boasted an incredibly talented cast (think Henry Thomas, Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel and Oliver Jackson-Cohen), an emotionally-charged story, and a delapidated mansion filled to the brim with ghosts. All of which helped the show achieve its whopping 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
And it wasn’t just critics who were fans: ordinary folk watching at home were obsessed as well, taking to Twitter in their droves to praise the work of series creator Mike Flanagan.
“One of the most terrifying, nail biting, hide behind the couch, don’t even breathe, I’m going to pass out from fear things I have ever watched. In. My. Life,” wrote one.
Another, in screaming capital letters, said: “WHY DID I DECIDE TO WATCH THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE AND ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT I CAN’T SLEEP NOW I DON’T NORMALLY WATCH SCARY FLICKS WHY DID I DO THIS TO MYSELF.”
And even Stephen King – aka the greatest horror writer of all time (we’re big fans, OK?) – chimed in to say: “The Haunting of Hill House, revised and remodelled 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.”
No wonder, then, that the show has been renewed for a second series.
That’s right, folks: The Haunting… will return to Netflix in the not-so-distant future.
However, this time around, we will not be following the Crain family. Instead of a straight sequel, Flanagan and executive producer Trevor Macy are working on an anthology series, which means the next instalment will focus on a completely new story and a new batch of characters.
As reported by Variety, season two will be titled The Haunting of Bly Manor and will be based on Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, which tells the story of a governess hired to look after a pair of siblings. However, several ghosts around their manor house exhibit a supernatural hold over the children.
Take a peek at the new teaser trailer for yourself below (if you dare).
The trailer does not give us too many clues about the new series, which will land in our Netflix accounts sometime in 2020. However, a whispering voice does mention the garden beyond… and the “great emptiness”.
Then there’s that strange creaking sound to decipher. It’s a little like the sound an old swing might make as you settle into a rhythm of back-and-forth into the sky.
It also, though, sounds an awful lot like the twist of a hangman’s noose. Which, y’know, is probably a hell of a lot more likely, considering what happened to Nell (Victoria Pedretti) in season one.
As previously reported, Netflix has entered into a multi-year television deal with Flanagan and Macy, which will see both produce new TV projects exclusively for the streaming giant.
“Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy are masterful at creating authentically frightening stories that leave audiences on the edge of their seats, but unable to look away,” said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix.
“We’re excited to continue our partnership with them on the Haunting series and future projects to come.”
Flanagan and Macy added: “Netflix has been an important part of our story, and we’re proud to have worked with them on The Haunting of Hill House…
“We look forward to much more.”
Intriguing, eh? While we know next to nothing about the new series, one thing is pretty much guaranteed: it won’t be the sort of show you should watch on your own – or before bed. Unless, of course, you’re content to spend the rest of the night shivering in terror under the duvet. Roll on 2020, already!
Feeling brave? The series is available to stream on Netflix UK now.