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Ready for another spooky story from horror mastermind Mike Flanagan? The Haunting of Hill House season 2, officially titled The Haunting of Bly Manor, is gradually approaching, with Netflix revealing that the show will return in 2020. However, the upcoming season will not focus on the Crain family who appeared in season 1 as the “Haunting” series will instead tell anthology stories, akin to American Horror Story.

While The Haunting of Hill House was a retelling of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 book, The Haunting of Bly Manor is based on The Turn of the Screw, a chilling tale from way back in 1898. Need to know more? You’re in luck, as below we go through everything you need to know about The Haunting of Hill House season 2, including the show’s release date, plot, and cast. We even spoke to Flanagan about the upcoming series! Prepare to be scared.

Fast Facts:

  • Haunting of Hill House season 2 release date: TBC 2020
  • Haunting of Hill House season 2 episodes: TBA
  • Haunting of Hill House season 2 cast: TBA
  • Haunting of Hill House season 2 showrunners: Mike Flanagan, Trevor Macey

What The Haunting of Hill House season 2’s official title, The Haunting of Bly Manor, means

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Wave goodbye to Steve, Shirley, Theo, Nell, and Luke, because The Haunting of Hill House season 2 will centre on The Haunting of Bly Manor. As revealed in the above Instagram post, we can expect all-new characters (but not an all-new cast – more on that later).

That voice you’re hearing in the above teaser? “The terrace and the whole place, the lawn and the garden beyond it, all I could see of the park, were empty with a great emptiness,” is a quote from chapter four of The Turn of the Screw, the horror novella by Henry James set in the English estate of Bly Manor.

The Turn of the Screw, on which the new series is based, tells the story of a governess who moves to Bly Manor to take care of a man’s niece and nephew – Miles and Flora – after their parents died. Things turn sour when the governess starts to see ghosts of the previous governess Miss Jessel and her lover Peter Quint around the property. As to now spoil anything about the novel’s ending, just know that the debates rage on in literary circles about its ambiguity.

However, while the series will be predominantly based The Turning of the Screw, Flanagan has told GamesRadar+ that the new series will also take in aspects of other stories by Henry James. “The thing I have access to, that no other adaptation of The Turn of to the Screw has, is the rest of Henry James’ ghost stories. I get to use all of them,” he said. “The Turn of the Screw has been adapted so many times. We know how perfectly it fits into a feature film format. We’re doing a whole season of television. The Turn of the Screw is only one of a dozen stories that we’re telling. All Henry James; all thematically linked.

“I think of Turning of the Screw as the backbone of this season – the through-line that carries us from beginning to end. But we get to go off into The Jolly Corner and The Romance of Certain Old Clothes, and so many other of these wonderful ghost stories that people haven’t seen adapted before. It’s all wrapped up in what seems to be familiar, but that familiarity goes away really early in the first episode. It says, ‘We’re off on a whole other road.'”

Flanagan added that there’s “no upside” to doing a straight adaptation of Turn of the Screw. “It’s been really exciting to have this much bigger canvas, because you’re not going to do better than The Innocents anyway,” he continues, referencing the 1961 movie based on the same novel.

The Haunting of Hill House season 2 release date – when can we expect The Haunting of Bly Manor?

All we know, so far, is that The Haunting of Bly Manor is coming in 2020. When exactly that year? We really have very few hints. The Haunting of Hill House was released on Netflix in October – and many fans expect the second series to be released by the streaming service around the same time, perhaps even on Halloween itself.

The Haunting of Hill House season 2 cast and directors

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Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Victoria Pedretti, who played Luke Crain and his younger twin Nell in the first season of The Haunting of Hill House, are back! Yes, despite the series being an anthology, the pair will be returning. However, they will be playing different characters.

Netflix has revealed that Jackson-Cohen will play someone named Peter, “a resident of Bly Manor, who makes life very difficult for everyone who lives there.” Pedretti will play the governess, Dani, who “looks after two very unusual children.” The actress announced the news in an instagram video, which you can watch below.

Nellie Crain may be gone, but Victoria Pedretti is returning to the Haunting universe in The Haunting of Bly Manor coming 2020! pic.twitter.com/uWoB5zdxKxJune 28, 2019

Speaking to GamesRadar+, series creator Mike Flanagan spoke about recasting the same actors in new roles. “It will be a totally new story,” Flanagan confirmed when asked about bringing them back. “It was important to me that we told that story to its conclusion in the first season. I didn’t want to cynically repeat ourselves, and the actors didn’t want to either.

“This frees us up because, in theory, in this anthology format, every season can be its own exploration of another classic piece of horror literature. Actors can stay or go depending on their preference and their availability. That opens it up to new cast and new chances for existing actors. I love that format. It would be quite a disappointment to have to revisit the Cranes. It would rob them of the closure they got at the end of that season.”

With regards who will be directing season 2, Flanagan, who directed all episodes of season 1, will be handing the torch to a bunch of new horror directors. He wrote on Twitter that Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling (Netflix’s Cargo), Ciarán Foy (Sinister 2), Liam Gavin (A Dark Song), and Axelle Carolyn (Tales of Halloween) will all helm episodes.

I’m really excited to be collaborating with some of my favorite filmmakers on THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR. Yolanda Ramke & Ben Howling, Ciarán Foy, Liam Gavin, and Axelle Carolyn are all directing episodes. @Yolanda_Ramke @BenHowlingFilm @citadelfoy @LiamGavin @AxelleCarolynOctober 3, 2019

That’s about all we know about the secretive The Haunting of Hill House season 2. However, if you’re looking for more terrifying tales from Flanagan then you’re in luck. He has a new Netflix series, titled Midnight Mass, on the way. It will revolve around an “isolated island community” who experience “miraculous events and frightening omens” after a mysterious young priest joins them.

There’s plenty to watch before the Haunting of Hill House season 2 land. Check out our list of best new TV shows coming soon.

‘Haunting of Hill House’ Season 2: Netflix Release Date, Trailer, Title

Netflix scared horror fans silly on Halloween 2018 with Haunting of Hill House, and ever since fans have been asking for Season 2. For a while, the show’s creators played coy, but in February 2019, Netflix finally confirmed Haunting of Hill House Season 2 along with a release date window.

Here’s everything we know about Haunting of Hill House Season 2, from the latest announcements to every little clue, theory, and rumor we’ve come across in our research.

Spoilers for Haunting of Hill House Season 1 below.

Did Haunting of Hill House Season 1 Set Up Season 2?

The first season of the horror series is an adaptation of the Shirley Jackson 1959 novel of the same name. It follows the Crain family, who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America and are forced to confront the ghosts from their past (and the house) after their youngest sister commits suicide.

The first season doesn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger. The remaining Crain family members move on with their lives, though their father and sister remain ghosts in the house.

Creator Mike Flanagan ruled out the possibility of Season 2 revealing that ending was anything but what it appeared to be, (i.e., the family was still trapped in the Red Room).

“The ending can be read at face value,” he told TVLine. Otherwise, “it robs Hugh’s sacrifice (and the show itself) of any meaning.”

However, actor Henry Thomas, who played Hugh Crain, has seemingly contradicted the creator and suggests it’s not crazy to think that the Crain family’s story didn’t end with Season 1. He even gives credence to the popular fan theory, given the red objects prevalent throughout the Red Room and in the real world after they presumably escaped.

“If you keep thinking along those lines, I think it’s a good indicator of, perhaps, what Season 2 will bring,” he told LADbible.

Whether that means they never escaped or their lives just aren’t as great as they look remains to be seen. What is clear is we won’t see those characters again, so if we do find out what happened to them, it will have to be through other characters or perhaps even newspaper articles.

“We tied up all of those threads exactly how they should be,” Flanagan told TVLine. “I don’t really see a need to revisit those characters, even in cameos.”

Will There Be a Haunting of Hill House Season 2?

Yes! Netflix confirmed Haunting of Hill House Season 2 on February 21 via Twitter, sharing a short video that teased a new title that begins with “The Haunting of” followed by two blurred-out words.

This is definitely good news, but it’s not exactly a surprise. Netflix released a “The Shows We Fell in Binge with This Year” list, which is its series between January 1 and November 28, 2018 with the highest average watch time per viewing session. Haunting of Hill House Season 1 was seventh on the list, ahead of Insatiable and Orange Is the New Black Season 6. Insatiable has stirred up a lot of controversy (and has been out since August) but was renewed for a second season, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the popularity of Haunting of Hill House earns it some points in the pro column for a renewal.

Google also released its “Year In Search” for 2018, and Haunting of Hill House took the third spot for TV shows, behind Roseanne and Altered Carbon.

The creator and actors who worked on the show also expressed interest in returning, even if a continuation doesn’t follow the Crain family.

“Mike Flanagan said he would be interested in the notion of an anthology, where some actors come back to play different characters,” Carla Gugino, who played Olivia Crain, told The Hollywood Reporter. “If I was invited and I was able to, I would really love to, just because I do love to collaborate with him.”

If some actors do return play different characters in Season 2, it’s possible that the cast won’t include Henry Thomas. It would depend on filming, scheduling, and contracts, as the actor has a recurring role as Dr. Mid-Nite on DC Universe’s Stargirl, according to Entertainment Weekly.

When Could the Haunting of Hill House Season 2 Release Date Be?

In the tweet announcing Season 2, Netflix reveals that the show will return in 2020 with not set release date. However, it seems likely that the series will stick with what works and return for Halloween 2020.

Then again, it could come sooner. Season 1 started filming in October 2017 and released a year later, so Season 2 could potentially arrive in time for Halloween 2019. So it’s possible the series could return as soon as February 2020, assuming Netflix doesn’t care about coinciding with Halloween.

Why Haunting of Hill House Season 2 Could Mean An Anthology Series

The new teaser also seems to confirm a brand new story, especially since the title no longer includes the words “Hill House.” Again, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise. The first season did wrap the Crain family’s story up as neatly as could be expected, and according to series creator Mike Flanagan we probably won’t be seeing them again.

“As far as I’ve ever been concerned with this, the story of the Crain family is told. It’s done,” he told EW.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the show needs to end just because the Cain family is no longer the focus.

“I think that there are all sorts of different directions we could go in, with the house or with something completely different,” Flanagan said. “I love the idea of an anthology as well. The show is about haunted places and haunted people… So, there’s any number of things we could do, in or out of Hill House.”

The Crain family in ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ Season 1Netflix

While you might not get to see what comes next for the Crain family, you can rewatch the first season to see if you spot clues you missed the first time. Flanagan even recommends doing so.

Because they wrote the entire season before they started filming, “we were able to go back and make sure that a lot of the threads that are coming from the back half are really well settled in the first half, and some of them are so slight and so subtle, I do think it’s gonna be a really interesting view on a second pass,” he said to EW.

So at least that’s something to do while you wait for the show’s possible Season 2 return.

Is There a Trailer for The Haunting of Hill House Season 2?

For now, all we have is that short teaser video, but the accompanying tweet suggests there may be a clue to the new plot in the audio. So give it another listen and maybe you can figure it out.

How to Read the Original Haunting of Hill House Book

While we remain in limbo regarding a Season 2, you can always check out Jackson’s original novel.

As redditor u/Fhlux notes, the ebook version is on sale for $1.99 on Apple iBooks. Other fans added that it’s the same price on Amazon and Google Play in the thread. So no matter which platform you prefer, you can check out the source material for cheap.

Why You Should Read the Book and Watch the Series

The two are very different, and Flanagan told EW his version is “more of a remix” than an adaptation. He didn’t want to “out Shirley Jackson Shirley Jackson” or “one-up Robert Wise,” who directed the 1963 film based on the book, he explained.

“It was about opening up the book, going through it line by line, and picking out the moments and the characters and the themes and even lines of prayers that really spoke to me in trying to take all those pieces and put them together in a new order and build out around them,” he said.

That means you won’t be spoiled for one if you check out the other. In other words, the novel “won’t ‘compete’ with the show,” redditor u/S0noPritch says, calling it “its own story.”

Instead, reading the novel can enhance the experience of watching the Netflix series. “The story is different but the overall message is very similar and whole lines of dialogue from the book are in the show, as well as the characters (though they may be slightly different),” redditor u/BrandonW77 writes.

“In the show, there are lots and lots of Easter eggs and nods to the original story,” they continue.

So, if you have watched the series already, why not read the book and then rewatch the first season and see what you missed the first time while we wait to hear about a Season 2?

The Haunting of Hill House is now available to stream on Netflix.

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Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House returns with second season in 2020

The Crain family all together in the haunted house.

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The best horror show of 2018 is coming back.

A second season of The Haunting of Hill House will arrive in 2020, under the name The Haunting of Bly Manor. Instead of following on from previous events, it’ll be a different story, based on the 1898 horror novella The Turning of The Screw by Henry James.

Netflix brought the news via Twitter:

A new Haunting is coming. Can you guess where it takes place? Listen closely… pic.twitter.com/vqzrd3z4NZ

— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) February 21, 2019

You guessed it. The HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, a new chapter in the Haunting series based on the works of Henry James, is coming in 2020. pic.twitter.com/nvhRBEfH2E

— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) February 21, 2019

With its anthology format a la American Horror Story, the second season should leave the first season’s Crain family in peace. Creator Mike Flanagan brought that incredible reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House to Netflix in 2018, using 10 episodes to tell the story of a family dealing with trauma.

The second season’s source material is about a governess who thinks the house she’s looking after is haunted. The Turn of The Screw has been covered before, adapted into an opera, a ballet, plays and plenty of film adaptations, the most notable being The Innocents from 1961. Netflix would be making the first TV series adaptation, with the unique prospect of extra time to tell its story.

The Haunting of Bly Manor creeps onto Netflix in 2020.

Haunting of Hill House Season 2 Release Date, Cast, Story, and News

While Netflix does not release viewership information regarding their original content, it’s not hard to imagine that its October 2018-premiered original horror series, The Haunting of Hill House, was a massive success, based on fan reaction alone. However, we no longer need to imagine, since the streaming giant has confirmed that a second season is on the way, with Season 2 set to manifest as The Haunting of Bly Manor.

Since the anthological structure of the Hill House series was already known at the outset (and Season 1’s definitive conclusion), it should come as no surprise that the second season, The Haunting of Bly Manor, will showcase the exploits of new characters in a new story. Indeed, the name-drop of Bly Manor reveals the story as Henry James’s 1898 novella, The Turn of the Screw, the iconic Victorian-era story of a never-named governess who arrives at the sizable-and-spooky country manor, Bly, to care for two young children who become possessed by the ghosts of two tragedy-stricken former estate employees.

The Haunting of Bly Manor is set for a premiere on Netflix sometime in 2020.

The Haunting of Hill House Season 2 Cast

Mike Flanagan has announced a round of new actors for The Haunting of Bly Manor. And by new, he means actors who haven’t previously appeared in The Haunting franchise. New to The Haunting of Bly Manor will be T’Nia Miller (Years and Years) and Rahul Kolhi (Supergirl), and Amelia Eve. Eve and Miller will be portraying lead roles.


Also cast as the haunted children Miles and Flora are Benjamin Ainsworth and Amelie Smith.

The anthology series’ second season has booked yet another returning cast member!

Catherine Parker will be coming to Bly Manor, Mike Flanagan announced via Twitter. Parker is a longtime Flanagan collaborator and a Hill House alum. If Parker doesn’t immediately look familiar, just imagine her skin rotting away to nothing. That’s right, Parker is good ol’ Hill House resident Poppy Hill! It is unknown what role she will play in The Haunting of Bly Manor.

Almost a decade ago, I first worked with CATHERINE PARKER on a tiny movie called ABSENTIA. Last season, she was unforgettable as Poppy Hill… today, I%u2019m thrilled to announce that she%u2019s joining us at Bly Manor.

— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) August 30, 2019

Kate Siegel, who previously portrayed Crane sibling Theo, is returning to The Haunting franchise in an unknown capactiy for The Haunting of Bly Manor. Creator Mike Flanagan (who also happens to be married to Kate) announced the casting via Twitter. He also promised that there is more to come. Honestly, there aren’t many major faces from Hill House season 1 left out thus far.

THE HAUNTING wouldn’t be THE HAUNTING without fan favorite KATE SIEGEL… and I’m elated to confirm that she’ll be joining us at BLY MANOR. @k8siegel @haunting

— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) August 29, 2019

Henry Thomas, who starred in The Haunting of Hill House, won’t have to phone home just yet, since he’s set to return for The Haunting of Bly Manor, as confirmed by creator Mike Flanagan, who did not divulge any character details. However, Thomas, the former famous E.T. child actor, will next be seen in the October-scheduled film, The Great Alaskan Race, and will play the role of Dr. Mid-Nite on DC Universe series Stargirl, which arrives sometime in 2020.

I’m beyond thrilled to announce that the inestimable, irreplaceable, invaluable Henry Thomas has joined the cast of THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR.

— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) August 28, 2019

Hill House alum Oliver Jackson-Cohen was previously revealed to be back for another scare in The Haunting of Bly Manor, according to The Wrap. He plays a character named Peter, whom he describes as “a charming fellow.”

further reading: The Haunting of Hill House: Adapting a Classic

Victoria Pedretti is also returning, this time in a starring role, as Deadline reported, also confirmed by an announcement video. Pedretti will play Dani, the governess at the eponymous estate, who – per the traditional story of The Turn of the Screw – has been tasked with caring for a pair of young orphan siblings who fall under the possession of ghosts.

Nellie Crain may be gone, but Victoria Pedretti is returning to the Haunting universe in The Haunting of Bly Manor coming 2020! pic.twitter.com/uWoB5zdxKx

— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) June 28, 2019

The Haunting of Hill House Season 2 Story Details

The news of The Haunting of Bly Manor arrived with the announcement of an overall deal that will lock-in Hill House creator/executive producer Mike Flanagan and his regular collaborator and co-executive producer, Trevor Macy, for more Netflix content, notably including The Haunting of Bly Manor. The duo previously wrought Netflix horror offerings in 2017’s Gerald’s Game, 2016’s Hush and Before I Wake, as well as theatrical films such as Ouija: Origin of Evil and Oculus. As Flanagan and Tracy express in a statement:

“Netflix has been an important part of our story, and we’re proud to have worked with them on The Haunting of Hill House, not to mention Gerald’s Game, Hush, and Before I Wake. They’ve enabled and supported a great deal of our work and we look forward to much more.”

Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content at Netflix, reciprocates the love with her own praise for the duo, stating:

“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. We’re excited to continue our partnership with them on The Haunting series and future projects to come.”

In contrast to the upcoming second season outing’s Henry James-inspired content, 2018’s inaugural anthology outing, The Haunting of Hill House, was a VERY loose adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s classic horror novel of the same name. That season of the show followed the Crain family and their experiences at the titular Hill House and how the trauma of living with ghosts (literal and figurative,) affects their lives as adults.

The show has been monstrously well received from the critical community and if the reaction to our coverage is any indication, it’s been well received from fans as well.

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When is The Haunting of Hill House season 2 released on Netflix?

If there’s one show out there that can simultaneously break our hearts whilst scaring the bejeezus out of us, it’s Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House.


It’s definitely not a good idea to binge-watch this show after dark. Essentially a family drama, the series is packed full of hidden ghosts, jump scares, inner demons and plot-twists that will make you scream and cry (it’s called scrying, look it up)… And, with so much hype surrounding the show, it’s no wonder that fans are already clamouring for a second series.

Here’s everything we know about The Haunting of Hill House season two.

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Is there going to be a The Haunting of Hill House season two?

Yes! Netflix confirmed on 21st February 2019 that “a new Haunting is coming”.

The new series will once again be created by season one director Mike Flanagan. The new Haunting also has a new name: The Haunting of Bly Manor.

All this means that season one may be the last we see of the Crain family however, after one of the cast members confirmed that season one was “the end” for them.

Asked whether viewers could look forward to a second season, Michael Huisman (Steven Crain) told RadioTimes.com: “Yeah, but what would that season look like? I’d be very curious. Very curious. Very early when we started shooting this first season I remember having a couple of conversations with Mike about that because it feels so contained. It feels so… It’s an end.”

Netflix later confirmed that the next instalment would feature “a new story with all new characters”.

The announcement of the new Haunting coincided with the news that Netflix had signed an exclusive deal with creator Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy.

“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, Original Content at Netflix. “We’re excited to continue our partnership with them on The Haunting series and future projects to come.”

Where is The Haunting of Bly Manor released on Netflix?

The next chapter in the series will arrive in 2020, although there is no more specific release date than that currently. In the meantime you can re-watch season one – and keep an eye out for all those hidden ghosts — over on Netflix here.

What is The Haunting of Bly Manor about?

The series borrows its title from Henry James’ ghostly novella The Turning of the Screw, and producer Mike Flanagan confirmed that the author’s ghost stories have inspired the new series. He also added that it will be “much scarier than season one”.

“We’re looking at all the ghost stories of Henry James as the jumping-off point for the season,” he told Birth.Movies.Death, “so it very much is a whole new deal. For Henry James fans, it’s going to be pretty wild, 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 one, so I’m very excited about it.”

What happened in The Haunting of Hill House season one?

The show follows Hugh and Olivia Crain and their five children, and the series flips back and forth in time: alternating from present-day when the Crain children are adults, to back to when the family temporarily lived at Hill House for the summer.

Adult Crain children are still haunted by the brief time they spent at the house, during which time their mother Olivia died under mysterious circumstances. When one of the siblings returns to the house to face their demons, their tragic demise draws the remaining four Crain children back to Hill House.

Things are get even spookier when we begin to realise that the house is really alive — more akin to the shark in Jaws than a standard haunted house. The Red Room (basically an evil version of the Room of Requirement from Harry Potter) functions as the house/monster’s “stomach”. It creates illusions tailored to each of the Crain siblings, luring them in and ultimately devouring them — and as in most horror films and shows, not everyone lives to tell the tale.


In one particularly sinister twist, Nellie (Victoria Pedretti) — the joint-youngest Crain child and probably the most sympathetic character in the show — is revealed to be the Bent-Neck Lady, the terrifying apparition she saw frequently as a child. The house tricks Adult-Nell into putting a noose around her neck (in her mind, it’s her mother’s locket), and she breaks her neck, before falling backwards in time and appearing in various major points in her own past. In other words, she was haunting herself.

Haunting of Hill House star returning as new character for season 2’s Bly Manor setting

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The first star has been cast for The Haunting of Hill House‘s second chapter, and it’s a familiar face.

Victoria Pedretti, who portrayed Hill House‘s older version of Nell Crain, will now star in The Haunting of Bly Manor. Keeping with the anthology format of the Netflix horror series, she will play an entirely new character.

In a video message shared with fans online, Pedretti announced she will take the role of Dani, “a governess who takes care of two very unusual children.”

“Our incredible writing team is writing the new season right now and I’m so excited to get going,” she said.

Nellie Crain may be gone, but Victoria Pedretti is returning to the Haunting universe in The Haunting of Bly Manor coming 2020! pic.twitter.com/uWoB5zdxKx

— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) June 28, 2019

The Haunting of Hill House debuted in 2018 with a story about the Crain family, shifting between their past selves living in the spirit-infested Hill House and their present selves dealing with both the psychological and supernatural demons that haunt them. Following the show’s success, creator Mike Flanagan and executive producer Trevor Macy struck a new multi-year deal with Netflix that includes turning Hill House into the next American Horror Story, in a sense.

The Haunting of Bly Manor, the second season’s story, takes its name from the setting of the Henry James novella, 1898’s The Turn of the Screw, which features the tale of two orphans looked after by a young governess, who acts as the story’s narrator. Pedretti’s Dani, it would appear, is that governess.

If Pedretti becomes for Flanagan what Sarah Paulson is for Ryan Murphy, we won’t be mad. Carla Gugino, who played mother Olivia Crain, also collaborated with the filmmaker in both Hill House and Gerald’s Game. So, we wouldn’t be surprised to see her in a new role for Bly Manor.

The new season will premiere on Netflix sometime in 2020.

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Note: Contains spoilers for The Haunting of Hill House season one.

Based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name, Netflix’s 10-episode adaptation The Haunting of Hill House follows the Crain family as they move into their new home.

Parents Hugh and Olivia – along with their five children Steven, Shirley, Theodora and twins Nel and Luke – want to restore the ramshackle property and sell it on for a big profit. But exceedingly dark things start happening and it quickly becomes apparent that Modern Family this is not.

The show, which landed out of nowhere, was a smash hit and landed on most people’s best shows of 2018 lists – so the news that a second series called The Haunting of Bly Manor is on its way has been met with lots of excitement.

But what can we expect from the upcoming instalment? Here’s everything we know so far.

The Haunting of Hill House season 2 release date: When can we expect it?

You guessed it. The HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, a new chapter in the Haunting series based on the works of Henry James, is coming in 2020. pic.twitter.com/nvhRBEfH2E

— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) February 21, 2019

The Haunting of Hill House season one hit Netflix last October, so we would expect the new chapter to arrive around the same time (it is Halloween after all). Now that we know The Haunting of Bly Manor will officially drop next year, we imagine it will arrive shortly before October 31, 2020.

The Haunting of Hill House season 2 cast: Who’s in it?

At first, it wasn’t clear whether The Haunting of Bly Manor would bring back any original cast members from season one. However, we’ve since learned that future instalments will function in a similar way to American Horror Story, recasting established actors in new roles each season.

So far, a number of performers from season one are set to return, including Victoria Pedretti (Nell Crain), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Luke Crain), Henry Thomas (Hugh Crain) and Catherine Parker (Poppy Hill).

I’m beyond thrilled to announce that the inestimable, irreplaceable, invaluable Henry Thomas has joined the cast of THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR.

— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) August 28, 2019

Joining them are a few new cast members, such as T’Nia Miller, Amelia Eve, Benjamin Ainsworth and iZombie star Rahul Kohli.

The Haunting of Hill House season 2 plot: What will happen?

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the future of the show, creator Mike Flanagan said: “The story of the Crain family is told. It’s done. I think that there are all sorts of different directions we could go in, with the house or with something completely different. I love the idea of an anthology as well.

“But to me, I felt like the Crains have been through enough, and we left them exactly as we all wanted to remember them, those of us who worked on it.

“We toyed with a cliffhanger ending and we toyed with other ideas, but ultimately, in the writers’ room and with the cast and everything else, we really felt like the story demanded a certain kind of closure from us and we were happy to close the book on that family.”

Yep, they’ve been through enough. https://t.co/JGe3swta8R

— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) October 24, 2018

“The show is about haunted places and haunted people, as Steve says,” added Flanagan. “And there’s no shortage of either. So, there’s any number of things we could do, in or out of Hill House.”

Since then, Flanagan has revealed to Birth.Movies.Death that The Haunting of Hill House season two will actually tell a completely different story that’s based on The Turn of the Screw, a classic gothic horror novella by Henry James.

“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 says.

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The 1898 tale has inspired some of the most successful horror films of all time, including The Innocents (1961) and Nicole Kidman’s 2001 movie The Others.

In the original story, a governess looks after two small children in a large, remote house which may or may not be populated by ghosts. As she starts to question what she’s seeing, paranoia and mistrust settle in to the point where the governess starts to question her own sanity.

Discussing the decision to tackle this story, Flanagan told Birth.Movies.Death that: “It’s a cool way to expand on some of the things I loved about season one, but within the framework of a new story, without having to be restrained by the decisions we made last time.”

The Haunting of Hill House season 2 trailer: When can we see it?

Given that the new season won’t arrive until 2020, a brand new trailer is a long way off yet, folks. If season two is released to tie in with Halloween, expect the first footage to land late summer or early autumn in 2020.

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‘The Haunting of Hill House’: 3 Ways to Continue the Story in Season 2

It’s clear that, like the spirits that have haunted the Crain children for years, The Haunting of Hill House has left a lasting impression. Since its Oct. 12 premiere, horror director Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of the famous Shirley Jackson novel has become one of the most talked-about Netflix shows in some time. The 10-episode season, which depicts the dual stories of a family undergoing the eponymous haunting and their reconciliation with the trauma years after the fact, has garnered universal acclaim from fans and critics alike. Most notably, horror icon Stephen King, who will serve as inspiration for yet another Flanagan adaptation down the line, called it “close to a work of a genius.”

With the success of a first season comes a natural question: Will there be a second? The precedent has been set for miniseries to adapt into full series. Shows like HBO’s Big Little Lies and Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why were created initially with the intent of one set of episodes with a complete arc, fully encapsulating the original works on which they were based. But the popularity of both programs led HBO and Netflix to reconsider the closure, resulting in upcoming second and third seasons, respectively. The lack of source material would serve as no obstacle, either, considering Flanagan admits he only used it as a launching point to instead create his own “remix” on the classic tale.

The possibility of a second season is one Hill House mystery that Flanagan is keeping unanswered. When speaking with The Hollywood Reporter about the prospects, he simply replied, “I’ve definitely thought about a second season. There are variables at play, so I can’t say much. But I’ve given it thought.” Despite remaining mum, he may have shown a bit of his hand when he discussed the original ending for the season. “We toyed with the idea for a little while that over that monologue, over the image of the family together, we would put the Red Room window in the background,” Flanagan said, referring to the mysterious room that served each child’s desire to “digest” their souls. “For a while, that was the plan. Maybe they never really got out of that room.”

While that outcome’s open end would provide possibilities to revisit the characters in their hell disguised as heaven, a decision in the eleventh hour went the more heartwarming and conclusive route. But considering the material and tone from all 10 episodes of Hill House’s first season, here are three ways Flanagan can reopen the doors to Hill House, in one way or another:

“Return to Hill House”

The first season ends with the Crain family simultaneously united and divided. Family members Olivia (Carla Gugino), Nell (Victoria Pedretti) and Hugh (Timothy Hutton) have died, having “woken up” to the afterlife. In one of his final corporeal acts, Hugh finally reveals to eldest child Steven (Michiel Huisman) the effect that Hill House had on the family matriarch, imparting care of the house to him before passing on. “Steven inherits Hugh’s responsibility, and the house is still standing,” Flanagan says. “It’s still haunted, and everyone’s still trapped. But they’re together.”

Though the living Crains have gained closure with the deaths of their loved ones, Steven’s new role makes him inextricably tied to the now-abandoned house. If the home, or the spirits within, are ever threatened, they could easily find a way to contact Steven and his siblings, considering how Olivia and Nell were able to do so throughout season one. A distress call could draw them back to the dilapidated walls of Hill House, encountering a new form of evil or addressing still-unanswered mysteries, like the reasoning behind Theo’s (Kate Siegel) supernaturally sensitive touch.

“The Origin of Hill House”

Flanagan and the writers of The Haunting of Hill House originally conceived a voluminous canon for the titular building, intending to sprinkle it throughout the first season. “We actually fleshed out a thorough history for Hill House,” he says. “We intended to shoot it; it was going to open each episode with a chapter from Steven’s book. Ultimately, we went away from that because it felt like that was taking away from the mystery and enigma of it.”

But a second season provides a chance to re-examine the narrative device. The final episode fills the foyer with ghosts, each of which has a story as to how they passed and their link to Hill House. Taking a deep dive into stories such as Poppy Hill’s (Catherine Parker) descent into insanity, or the unfortunate plight that saw housekeeper Mrs. Dudley (Annabeth Gish) lose her first child, would provide an opportunity to not only introduce or deepen new characters but also build out the century-spanning mythos of Hill House itself.

“The Haunting of Another House”

Much like Steven’s in-universe series of the same name, The Haunting of Hill House can turn to anthology storytelling. Series like Fargo and American Horror Story have popularized the idea of creating a different story with different characters every season, all under a unifying theme. Rather than feeling the need to write a prequel or sequel to the first season, Flanagan can instead opt to tell the tale of another eerie edifice.

As the show outlines in its first episode, “A ghost can be a lot of things. A memory, a daydream, a secret.” They add in its last episode, “Ghosts are guilt, ghosts are secrets, ghosts are regrets and failings. But most times, a ghost is a wish.” The loose definition of the term opens up countless possibilities for “ghost stories” around the world and through time, as people reconcile with the various hauntings in their lives. It even provides the opportunity for the actors to return in other roles, truly showing how a spirit can be neither gone nor forgotten.

The Haunting of Hill House is now streaming on Netflix.

One of the (many, many) good things coming in 2020: The second season of hit Netflix show The Haunting of Hill House. While it feels like forever since we’ve had a good scare dealing with the Crain family’s antics, we’re getting closer to revisiting our favorite dysfunctional, haunted group of actors. (Well, some of them—more on that in a minute.)

When the show dropped on Netflix in October of 2018, it was an instant hit. Critics praised it for “blending incredibly smart family drama with some of the most terrifying imagery you’ve seen in a very long time” and serving as “a story of repressed trauma and family discord.” It made stars of its cast, including newcomer Victoria Pedretti (who you can catch in Netflix’s other creepy cult favorite, You), who played Eleanor (Nell) Crain, and Henry Thomas, also known as Elliott in E.T, who played patriarch Hugh Crain.

We don’t have a release date for season two yet, but we do have some exciting details about what to expect, and we gotta warn you—things seem totally different this time around. Season two, titled The Haunting of Bly Manor, is a new, standalone story with a totally different family, and it’s expected to hit Netflix in 2020, probably towards the end of the year. (My money is around Halloween, which is when the first season dropped.)

It’s currently filming in Vancouver.

Early January of 2020, the creator of the series, Mike Flanagan, took to Twitter to let us fans now that our favorite show that gives us the major creeps is almost finished. He’d previously tweeted that October 2019 marked the beginning of production.

Heading back to Vancouver to finish THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, and to start MIDNIGHT MASS. 2020 is already shaping up to be pretty damn busy… can’t wait to show y’all what we’re up to.

— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) January 4, 2020

It’s worth noting that another adaptation of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw (more on the source material for season two below) came out in early 2020. The Turning, starring Finn Wolfhard. Obviously, you don’t want two different adaptations coming out too close to one another (remember the Fyre Festival documentary debacle?), so Flanagan may be biding his time on the second season of Haunting.

We can expect season two to come late this year rather than sooner—probably two years after the first, so around the 2020 holiday season. In an interview with The Wrap, Flanagan said: “It’s probably Halloween again, if I had to guess,” he added. Which is a long way, so that kind of sucks, but, hey, that gives us more time to rewatch the first season?

Season two is based on a Henry James book.

Yes, my die-hard fans, it’s time to say goodbye to the Crain family. The first season was an adaption of the 1959 Shirley Jackson novel of the same name that featured a family who grew up in a haunted house and were forced to confront ghosts from their past—in every sense—when their youngest sister, Eleanor, committed suicide.

This time around, the show is sporting a new name, The Haunting of Bly Mansion, and will be inspired by Henry James’ 1898 short novel, The Turn of the Screw. The book is set in an old country mansion. The plot: Two young orphans are cared for by a young governess, who narrates the story—and, well, things get creepy.

Recently Carla Gugino, who played Olivia Crain in the show, said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter she believes creator Mike Flanagan has closed the book on the family’s story. “Mike Flanagan said he would be interested in the notion of an anthology, where some actors come back to play different characters,” she explained. “I think he feels like he has told the complete story of the Crain family.”

In that way, the setup of season two feels similar to Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story anthology, which features completely different storylines every season but many of the same actors.

There’s nothing like a great trailer to tease what is going to come, but, uh, that isn’t out yet, nor is the release date. Thankfully, we do have an idea of what the new logo of this season will look like. Netflix tweeted the image in the announcement that season two would come out in 2020.

You guessed it. The HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, a new chapter in the Haunting series based on the works of Henry James, is coming in 2020. pic.twitter.com/nvhRBEfH2E

— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) February 21, 2019

It’s possible that Netflix is shooting for a Halloween release date, as it did for season one. If it came out in October, this would be exactly two years after the release of season one.

There are new faces and old ones.

Henry Thomas, Victoria Pedretti, and Kate Siegel. Emma McIntyreGetty Images

If you loved the cast from season one, good news—some of your favorites are returning for the new season. Flanagan took to Twitter this past summer to let viewers know who would star in the new season.

Returning favorites include Henry Thomas, who played young Hugh Crain, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who took on the role of Luke Crain, and fan-favorite Kate Siegel, who is known for her iconic one-liners in the part of Theodora Crain. Victoria Pedretti is also returning to the series, uploading a video to share the news.

Nellie Crain may be gone, but Victoria Pedretti is returning to the Haunting universe in The Haunting of Bly Manor coming 2020! pic.twitter.com/uWoB5zdxKx

— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) June 28, 2019

Pedretti, according to an interview Flanagan did with The Wrap, will play the governess—one “who takes care of two very unusual children,” he said. Pedretti herself told Nylon: “I’m genuinely excited about it. Here and there, it is than season one. It’s its own thing. Even though it’s the second season of a show that I’ve been in previously, nearly everything is unique.” Of her character, who will have lighter hair then Pedretti had in either Haunting season one or You, Pedretti said she’s “extraordinary, not at all like Nell.”

Meanwhile, Jackson-Cohen, a.k.a. Luke Crain, will play Peter Quint, a ghostly presence in the book. As for those fresh faces, Flanagan has already found the actors who will play Miles and Flora: The new kids on the block (literally) are Benjamin Ainsworth and Amelie Smith, who will play the two orphans.

They’ll be accompanied by Rahul Kohli from the CW’s Supergirl and T’Nia Miller from HBO’s Years and Years; newcomers Amelia Eve and Catherine Parker will also join the cast.

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Don’t you open up that window
Don’t you let out that antidote (Yeah)
Poppin’ pills is all we know (Ooh)
In the hills is all we know (Hollywood)
Don’t go through the front door (Through the back)
It’s lowkey at the night show (Ooh)
So, don’t you open up that window (Ooh)
Don’t you let out that antidote, yeah

Party on a Sunday (That was fun)
Do it all again on Monday (One more time)
Spent a check on a weekend (Oh my God)
I might do it all again (That’s boss shit)
I just hit a three peat (Ooh)
Fucked three hoes I met this week (Robert Horry)
I don’t do no old hoes (Oh, no, no)
My nigga, that’s a no-no (Straight up)
She just want the coco (Cocaína)
I just want dinero (Paper hunt) (Where?)
Who that at the front door? (Who that is?)
If it’s the feds, oh, no, no, no (Don’t let ’em in, shhh)

Don’t you open up that window (Yah)
Don’t you let out that antidote (Yah, ooh)
Poppin’ pills is all we know (Yeah)
In the hills is all we know (Hollywood)
Don’t go through the front door (In the back)
It’s lowkey at the night show (Ooh)

Yeah, ooh, ooh
At the night show (Ooh-ooh-ooh, ahh)
At the night show (Higher)
At the night show (Ooh-ooh-ooh, ahh)
Ooh, at the night show (Get lit, my nigga)
Ooh, at the night show (Yeah)

Anything can happen at the night show
Everything can happen at the night show (Ooh-ooh-ooh, ahh)
Ooh, at the night show
Anything can happen at the night show
Ooh, at the night show
Ooh, your bitch not at home, she at the night show
Ooh (Straight up) fuckin’ right, ho
Ooh, had to catch a flight for the night show
Ooh (Let’s go), let’s get piped though
Bottles got us right though, we ain’t sippin’ light, no
(Ahh-ahh) (La Flame) I ain’t got no type though
Only got one night though, we can do it twice though

(Ahh-ahh) It’s lit! At the night show, ooh
At the night show (Ooh, ooh)
At the night show
Ooh, at the night show
Yeah, at the night show
Everything can happen at the night show
Ooh, at the night show
Anything can happen at the night show, ooh

Stackin’ up day to day, young nigga
You know you gotta go get it, go get it, my nigga
They hatin’, they stankin’, they waitin’
Don’t be mistaken, we dyin’, they stayin’
Lord, I’m on fire, they think that I’m Satan
Callin’ me crazy on different occasions
Kickin’ the cameraman off of my stages
‘Cause I don’t like how he snappin’ my angles
I’m overboard and I’m over-impatient
Over my niggas and these kids my ages
Dealin’ with Mo’ shit that’s more complicated
Like these two bitches that might be related
H-Town, you got one, and you Bun B like a number one
It’s late night, got a late show
If you wanna roll, I got a place where, ahh

Poppin’ pills is all we know (Ooh)
In the hills is all we know (Hollywood)
Don’t go through the front door (Through the back)
It’s lowkey at the night show (Ooh)
So don’t you open up that window (Ooh)
Don’t you let out that antidote


Here’s What We Know About Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Route

A deeper look at the route of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter before it crashed to understand how such an accident could occur.

This is the flight path of the helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and eight others, which crashed near Los Angeles. It’s a common route, spanning an area well-traveled by aircraft every day. So we wanted to understand how, despite this, such an accident could occur. Using a chartered helicopter, flight tracking data and images from the day, we’ve re-traced the flight path to examine the conditions that may have led to the crash. The helicopter took off from John Wayne Airport in Orange County. Its destination, another airport near the sports academy, which Bryant owned. The first half of the flight is uneventful. The terrain, here in the Los Angeles basin, is flat. That makes it relatively easy to navigate, even in overcast weather. Bryant, himself, made the trip routinely. On the day of the crash, the weather in this area is fine. There’s four miles visibility. Within 13 minutes, the helicopter passes by downtown Los Angeles, passes Dodger Stadium and begins to enter the San Fernando Valley. The terrain begins to rise. That day, air controllers tell Bryant’s pilot to stay in a holding pattern over the city of Glendale. They circle for more than 10 minutes, as other air traffic is cleared. It’s around this time that a retired pilot on the ground happens to film the helicopter overhead. We can see in the footage that the sky is considerably overcast. The pilot received special clearance to continue on in the low-visibility weather … … and flies into the San Fernando Valley, following the freeway system along the edge of the foothills. We can see the densely populated terrain is still low and flat. The weather for our chartered flight is clear, but images from the day of Bryant’s flight show that visibility has become extremely limited. One reason: If we pause and pull up, we can see that the Pacific Ocean is just on the other side of these hills. Cold, moist air coming off the water, and hitting the mountains, can quickly form thick and low cloud cover. With a lower ceiling and higher mountainous terrain, there’s now a much smaller path to safely fly. Roughly three minutes before the crash, the helicopter begins flying along Highway 101. It’s a common route. The highway is a distinct landmark that’s easy to follow, and it runs through a low point in the foothills, making it easier for pilots to stay below cloud cover. Bryant’s pilot had requested “flight following,” where controllers track an aircraft to help the pilot during rough conditions. Just before the crash, the ground controller tells the pilot he’s too low for tracking. The pilot radios that he’s climbing to avoid the cloud layer. The helicopter quickly gains altitude. At about 2,300 feet, it turns away from Highway 101, and crashes into the side of a hill. We don’t know why the pilot took this final turn. The debris field is around 500 feet long. Investigators said that the helicopter may have missed clearing the top of the hill by 20 to 30 feet. They still haven’t determined a cause for the crash.

“The Hills” is not only intense musically, mixing heavy soul and rap, but its lyrics are also worth delving into for a better understanding of where this now world-renowned artist comes from philosophically. Unfortunately, that place is not a happy one and listeners may respond in shock, pity, or empathy.

“The Hills” Lyrics Meaning

The song begins with The Weeknd rapping to a woman he’s having an affair with. He sings, “Your man on the road. He doin’ promo / You said, ‘Keep our business on the low-low.’” The woman’s husband is a traveling salesman or advertiser, and she wants Abel to be discreet, not letting her husband find out. By doing this, they create a façade which becomes a recurring motif in “The Hills.”

For his part, Abel is “just tryna get” the woman “out the friend zone / Cause you look even better than the photos.” While she wants the affair to be secret, he’s ready for it to be more open. If they’re still in the friend zone, then the relationship is mainly physical and not based on emotion, though The Weeknd seems to want it to be.

He comes looking for her house and requests that she “send the info.” She’s rich because he’s “rivin’ through the gated residential” to get to her. Once she knew he was coming, she sent her “friends home” and though she’s going to “eep on tryna hide it,” he knows her friends know.

Interestingly, in the music video, The Weeknd is singing while climbing out of a car crash with two other women (mentioned in the lyrics later) and going up to a large, rich house and walking in to find several women there, one obviously in charge of the home.

After Verse One, Abel launches into the Chorus to the accompaniment of a terrifying scream. He sings, “I only call you when it’s half past five / The only time that I’ll be by your side,” possible a reference to him coming over after work hours. Because he may not work traditional hours, this could simply be a reference to him taking his time.

He continues singing, “I only love it when you touch me, not feel me,” because he doesn’t want emotional closeness. He simply wants the relationship’s physical benefits. He then sings, “When I’m f****d up, that’s the real me / … / I only f**k you when it’s half past five / The only time I’d ever call you mine.” He claims his own guilt and calls his messed up life his real one, not a façade that he can put on at other times. He admits he’s made mistakes and that the real him is not really a nice person. However, he continues to perpetuate what he seems to think is one of his mistakes–a mistake he feels fatally drawn to.

In Verse Two, The Weeknd sings, “Imma let you know and keep it simple”: what he’s about to say is going to be serious. He’s preparing her for a telling-off. He doesn’t think their “relationship” will last: “Tryna keep it up don’t seem so simple.” According to the next line, before he met with her, he had already had sex with two other women, so he may not value this affair too highly.

And while others are “lways tryna send off to rehab, / Drugs started feelin’ like it’s decaf.” He’s done so many drugs that their effects on him are weakened. In the face of this situation, his reaction is to continue to “live life for the moment.” And though he believes this is working for him, he’s angry that everyone seems to want him to fall again–to “relapse.”

In the Bridge, he sings, “Hills have eyes,” a reference to Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes a movie about cannibal mutants watching humans from nearby hills and attacking them. Interestingly, the line could also be a reference to the Hollywood Hills that watch his rise to fame. Within the song’s imagery, the hills’ eyes belong to those who want to expose him or to have him fall back into not enjoying life the way he does now.

In the context of those watching him, The Weeknd wants to know who this girl is “to judge” him. He tells her to “hide lies” and admits that he only has her “to trust.” He wants her to admit her guilt also and to enter back into a deeper relationship with him. He wants her not to be one of the sets of eyes watching him.

The Outro, according to Genius.com, is sung in Amharic, an Ethiopian language that was Abel Tesfaye’s first. The singer actually is Ethiopian and gives a nod to his birth country by singing “I love you very much” in Amharic.


In the end, “The Hills” by The Weeknd means something more than just being about a love affair. It’s about facades and judgment. People pretend to be who they aren’t and judge others for doing those same things. Abel is tired of it, and readily admits his own guilt and his exhaustion with being watched; he warns someone who is close to him (the adulterous woman) to keep their relationship from being marred by hypocrisy as well.

Recently, American culture has been overtaken by a plea for sincerity and happiness with who a person is. Culture used to label people like “Bronies” (adult men dressing as characters from My Little Pony) as weird, but now others would call this “positive self expression.” Pressuring people to diet is attacked by those who advocate “positive body image.” When Meghan Trainor sings about “skinny b******s,” we wonder if she’s “skinny shaming,” which has become an actual thing. People are encouraged to express their sexual preferences in new ways.

While much of this is positive, much current ideology seems to be centered around the idea of “being true to one’s self.” We want to know that we can be who we are and that no one can judge us for that. Interestingly, The Weeknd takes that ideology one step further and claims that the truest expression of himself (“When I’m f****d up, that’s the real me”) is messed up and not praiseworthy.

But instead of doing something that would seem natural to some and fixing his problems, he decides to continue to “live life for the moment” and wants everyone around him to stop trying to tear him down and point out his wrongdoings because many of them, symbolized by the woman, are just as guilty as he.

Should we highlight our own uniquenesses and our “inner-selves”? Should we do so even if we’re not that great of people on the inside? And what should we do if we’re not good people? Do we continue expressing that or do we change? The Weeknd wants to stay the same and tells the haters to quit being hypocrites. What do you think? These are just a few of the interesting questions raised by “The Hills.”

What do you think “The Hills” by The Weeknd is about? Thanks for reading!

House On A Hill

Verse 1 Bb F It’s quiet – In this house upon the hill Gm You won’t mind it Eb Some things you can’t know till you’re still Bb In the silence F Let your spinning thoughts slow down Gm In the stillness Eb Things have a way of working out Chorus Bb F Allow Me to introduce Myself again Gm Eb I’m the One that knew You before time began Bb F I’ve been waiting for You to let me be your friend Gm Eb Everything you ever need is everything I am Bb F Bb/D Eb I Am – I Am – I Am Verse 2 Bb Take your chances F There’s nothing here to lose Gm Ask your questions Eb I promise you the truth Bb/F As you’re ready F I want to hear your heart Gm Is it heavy Eb Where wounds have left a mark Chorus 2 Bb F Allow Me to introduce Myself again Gm Eb I was with you every place you’ve ever been Bb/D F I’m the One that held you when you couldn’t stand Gm Eb If you’re wondering who can heal your brokenness Bb F Bb/D Eb I can – I can – I can Verse 3 Bb I’ll meet you F In the house upon the hill Gm How I want to Eb Show you I am real Chorus 3 Bb F Allow me to introduce Myself again Bb/D Eb I’m the Love you used to think could not exist F I’m as sure as where you’re standing F and as free as the wind Bb/D You don’t have to reach for me, Eb cause this is where I am Bb F Bb/D Eb I Am – I Am – I Am Bb F Bb/D Eb I Am – I Am – I Am Chords and lyrics provided by EssentialWorship.com

There’s more to Olana than the eccentric house on the hill

Jul 10, 2019 Michael Hallisey Art, Culture, The Spot

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Contemporary reports paint a picture that includes long lines of people waiting outside the Tenth Street Studio Building in Greenwich Village, all with the intent to attend the exhibition of a single painting from Frederic Church.

Church took a cue from the theatre. Once inside the gallery, visitors witnessed a room surrounded by dark drapes with a skylight above them directing its light towards the featured piece of work. The wedge of light cut through the dark to reveal a large canvas that stood more than five feet tall and stretched nearly ten feet wide. The trick of the eye forced everyone’s perspective into believing they were peering out of a window. Benches were placed before it and patrons were fashioned with opera goggles to look over the work.

It was 1859 and the 32-year-old Church was a celebrity. He grew up as a rich kid. His father was a prominent financier in Hartford where a long line of Church’s descendants lived, including one of the city’s pioneers who helped found the city. This Church pursued his passion for the arts. At 20, he was a student of Thomas Cole, a Catskill resident and founder of the Hudson River School. It was the start of a love affair. Church did for landscape art as what high definition did for television. He had developed a reputation for painting landscapes with extraordinary detail. Whereas Banksy today is a celebrated artist in his anonymity, Church was a household name. Prints of “Niagara,” a piece he revealed two years before depicting the Niagara Falls, was a commercial success to such magnitude that it was one of the most popular wedding gifts of his time.

Church had recently returned from Ecuador and Columbia, a trip

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financed by a businessman who hoped to lure investors towards ventures in South America. The piece in the exhibition was inspired by that trip. Called “The Heart of the Andes,” Church took a composite of images he had observed and pieced them into a masterwork featuring a waterfall, lush fauna and grand mountainscapes, including Mount Chimborazo. Each of the various kinds of plants could be identified, revealing a composite of plant life from different atmospheric zones. In one painting, Church was providing a tour of South America for 25 cents.

The lines continued to form at such length until the exhibition ended a month later. Somewhere within that time, Church met his future wife, Isabel.

The most famous of students from the Hudson River School built his home upon a hilltop overlooking the Hudson River immediately across from his former mentor. Named Olana, the home and all 250 acres of the estate are preserved as a historic site owned by New York State and managed by the non-profit organization the Olana Preservation, Inc. More than 150,000 visitors walk the grounds that had been designed and manicured by Frederic, himself. Several carriage trails cut through surrounding woods that occasionally yield glimpses of the rolling hills and valleys of the region. These are the sights that inspired some of the most important paintings in American history.

“We want to encourage people to visit the grounds and enjoy the landscape,” said Sean Sawyer, Washburn and Susan Oberwager President of The Olana Partnership. “It’s like walking through a three-dimensional view of a Frederic Church painting.”


To many, Olana is the eccentric looking building on top of the hill as one crosses east over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge from Catskill to

Hudson. The complexity of its style only becomes more peculiar as one steps closer to the Church family home. It’s an amalgamation of cultures. Many of the windows are Persian in style, squared off at the bottom while tapering off to a peak from either side. The stone facade is ornamented with various accents, including the Star of David and Arabic writing, most notably above the home’s main entrance. These features were inspired by a pilgrimage Frederic and his Isabel took to the Middle East. These features continue throughout the interior of their home, too. Frederic had an apparent appreciation for other cultures. Above all, he was a devout Christian. According to Sawyer, the Churchs kept more than 30 Bibles inside the home.

Frederic’s devotion to Christianity was often evident in his work. From one of his earliest pieces that hangs inside his Olana studio “Through the Valley of Death,” which depicts an armoured knight standing outside the Gates of Hell, to the cross that stands modestly within “The Heart of the Andes.” But with Mother Nature often his muse, he believed man should stand as her steward. Frederic’s vision of Olana had less to do with the house he built, and more to do with the land.

“About an hour this side of Albany is the center of the world — and I own it,” stated Frederic.

The words are captured on a sign welcoming visitors to Olana. It’s accompanied by a map showing all 250 acres of the estate, the carriage paths, the lake and other points of interest. For 30 years, the painter turned to molding the land into an ornamental farm. He still kept cows and grew corn, as the land provided when he bought the farm in 1860. But, he also dug out the lake, etched and built up roadways, returned topsoil to exposed terrain and planted thousands of indiginous trees. He was consulted by Calvert Vaux, who designed the landscape for New York City’s Central Park. Church explained his work to a friend, “I can make more and better landscapes in this way than by tampering with canvas and paint in the studio.”

The grounds

“Can I help you with anything?”

One of the guides in a blue Olana vest hovered outside the store that stands about a football field’s length outside the home. There are information stations that stand throughout the grounds, including along the trails; but, how to sign up for a guided tour, or where to begin on your own excursion, starts with a helpful word of advice. I struck up a conversation.

While snapping photographs for this feature, I came across the sight of the initials “J.B.” carved into a stone around one of the home’s Moorish-style windows. It was prominent in size, below the year “1871.” The guide admitted no one was able to find out who it was that carved his initials into the rock, perhaps one of the masons. Whomever it was, the act had to have been approved by Frederic, who was “very” meticulous with his details, she said.

The thought of masons working on the home prompted me to ask whether or not anyone found symbols relating to the Freemasons. Such as at the State Capitol, masons will sometimes leave personalized carvings in the stone, like a signature. Freemason symbology is said to even exist at Disney World. Cole, Church’s mentor, was reportedly a Freemason, so the question wasn’t out of place, but she did not know. She offered a postcard that encouraged patrons to leave questions that were left unanswered, so that the staff can research it and post to its social media outlets. Just as she was about to offer a card, another guide joined us.

As he approached, he jokingly offered a few reddish pebbles that he found inside the home. They are the same stones used to pave the carriage trails. He tossed them back onto the trail behind him as he admitted he found no such symbols, despite being aware of what they look like. The scene reminded me of Stephen King’s Andy Dufresne discarding of pebbles from his prison cell, only in a more conspicuous act. Though I doubted these two were being held captive or felt they were being punished, the analogy wasn’t out of place, either. Involving oneself with a passion is a captivating act, and that’s what I observed here. The Olana Partnership, and all of its employees embody a devotion to Olana that started more than half a century ago, on the day the Churchs’ home was nearly lost.

Almost lost

Frederic purchased the farm in 1860, the home in which we now observe was built a decade later. It stood as a Garden of Eden to the painter and his family. The visits to his New York City studio waned over the years, as did his interest in contemporary trends. Morning carriage rides, like the one along Ridge Road that offers an awe-inspiring view of the Hudson Valley and blue mountains of the Catskills, was where he wanted to spend his time with family. It’s that view that helped define the Hudson Valley School.

If Frederic’s devotion to Christianity is evident in his paintings, the love for Isabel was equally as present with the building of the Olana home. Every bit of it is a manifestation of the world travels the two shared. From the aforementioned architectural elements inspired by his travels, to the stencil work found on each archway, the home stood as a reminder of the memories they shared. Over the mantle in the reading room hangs “El Khasné Petra.” It captures the Greek-inspired facade of the famous temple carved out of a narrow crevasse in Jordan. Isabel was pregnant during their pilgrimage to the Holy Land and could not bear the camel ride. He presented it as a gift to her, and it hangs in the room along with separate portraits of themselves. This was their sanctuary.

The Churchs would later make frequent travels to Mexico due to Frederic’s arthritis. They would spend winters in the South only to return home after winter. Olana was to be hers once he died, but Isabel passed away in 1899. Frederic was returning home from Mexico when he died a year later. According to letters, he missed Isabel and wanted to return to Olana.

Olana was left to Frederic’s and Isabel’s son, Louis to which he maintained along with his wife, Sally. They each preserved the main floor as it was furnished during Frederic’s and Isabel’s time. After Louis died in 1943, Sally continued preserving the home until her death in 1964. The home was bequeathed to a nephew in New Jersey who had no interest in owning the expansive property. All of Frederic’s artwork was sent to Sotheby’s in New York City to be appraised for an upcoming auction before a herculean effort was launched to save it all.

The Olana Partnership was formed in late 1964, signing into a rental agreement with the estate to ultimately purchase the property. A fundraising campaign ensued which included a feature in Life magazine and exhibitions at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and the Albany Institute of History and Art. Meanwhile, Robert Kennedy spearheaded the effort to preserve Olana as a National Historic Landmark. In two years, nearly $400,000 was raised. New York state contributed another $189,000 towards the final purchase of the estate. Much of Frederic’s artwork remains at the property, including “El Khasné Petra.”


Aside from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge and the occasional barge that floats up and down the Hudson, the view from Ridge Road is remarkably similar to Frederic Church’s from more than a century ago. Even the site of the natural gas plant in Athens is camouflaged into the surrounding environment by design. Olana’s viewshed is protected by law, allowing The Olana Partnership to factor into the

discussion of any proposed development in view. That protection helped thwart the plans for a coal-fueled cement plant in Hudson 15 years ago. A nuclear power plant proposed for Cementon was abandoned in 1979 thanks in part to one of Frederic’s paintings of the Hudson captured from Olana. More than a century after his death, Frederic continues to be Mother Nature’s steward. To date, The Olana Partnership has played a part in protecting 3,000 acres in conservation easements to preserve the surrounding aesthetics in the Hudson Valley.

Frederic and Isabel are both buried in Hartford, Connecticut. “The Heart of the Andes,” the painting that helped bring the two together, is with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it has been since 1909. Frederic’s final study of his masterpiece hangs high upon the wall in Olana’s East Parlor.

What’s new

Olana recently launched its 2019 season with an expanded array of new tours and experiences of the Main House and Historic Landscape. These new offerings are designed to better accommodate visitors by providing a general overview or an in-depth look at various themes that relate to artist Frederic Church’s Olana.

The tours are part of a larger goal to move Olana to the forefront of historic house museums as a holistic environment and world class destination, present visitors with a memorable and educational experience, and shed light on the significance of Frederic Church as one of the preeminent American artists of the mid-19th century.

Nine new tours offered by The Olana Partnership cover different aspects of Olana, including Frederic Church and the Hudson River School, the architecture and design of the Main House, the Church family’s life at home and abroad, and the history and design of the historic landscape. Guests are now offered an “Explore at Your Own Pace” tour option every afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. which gives visitors the chance to discover the Main House on their own and ask questions of the knowledgeable guides along the way.

Guided tours of the historic landscape are available daily for the first time and one can explore the forests and meadows, the farm and lake, the carriage roads, and the expansive views from Olana, the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. Landscape tours can be experienced via an electric vehicle, a guided walk, or a free audio tour which can be downloaded from www.OLANA.org.

“Our goal is to expand access to all of Olana for as diverse an audience as possible. This new program provides a great variety of content and types, from the intensive electric carriage tour to the 60-minute themed tours of the house to daily tour-at-your-own-pace house access and free digital landscape tours,” said Sean Sawyer, Washburn and Susan Oberwager President of The Olana Partnership. For the first time, visitors can now plan and schedule their day or weekend ahead of time by purchasing tickets online through a ticketing system launched this season.

The season also includes “In Frederic Church’s Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature,” a design exhibition curated by Barry Bergdoll, of Columbia University and the Museum of Modern Art, open through Nov. 3.

In celebration of the 150 years since architect Calvert Vaux and Frederic Church began the design of the Main House at Olana, contemporary architects and artists have been invited to lead specialty tours each month during the “Architects on Olana” and “Artists on Art” series.

“Olana is committed to playing a central role in art and culture in the Hudson Valley and we are excited about these new expanded tour offerings which will serve as inspiration for all audiences and communities,” said Amy Hausmann, Director of the Olana State Historic Site. “The spectacular home and landscape created by Frederic Church celebrates the beauty of the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. We look forward to sharing this remarkable cultural treasure with our visitors.”

Olana is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to sunset. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the five miles of carriage roads during these hours, take advantage of the free audio tours, experience the flower garden or watch the sun set over the Hudson Valley. Ticketed tours of the Main House and landscape are available Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through November.

The Olana Museum Store and Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Members of The Olana Partnership receive free 30-minute tours, and 60-minute tours for $5. Historic Landscape Driving Tours are $35 for all visitors. Due to the popularity of the tours, advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. For more information about membership or to order tickets online, visit www.OLANA.org.