season of passage

When it comes to the glory days of young adult horror novels, there’s Christopher Pike and then there’s everyone else. Pike wrote incredibly weird, batshit crazy scary books for younger readers, and while Hollywood had dipped into the work of his contemporary R.L. Stine, Pike’s work has been sorely underrepresented on the screen. But that’s about to change, thanks to Mike Flanagan. Not only is Flanagan adapting Pike’s The Midnight Club into a Netflix series, but he’s now signed on to turn Pike’s adult novel The Season of Passage into a movie for Universal.

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the haunting season 3

If you were hoping that Mike Flanagan and company would take you to a new spooky house for a third Haunting season, I have some bad news. According to the filmmaker, who created both The Haunting of Hill House and the recent The Haunting of Bly Manor for Netflix, there are currently no plans for a third entry. Meanwhile, in other Mike Flanagan news, the director’s film adaptation of Stephen King‘s Revival seems to be dead.

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Midnight Mass Production

Back in August, Doctor Sleep director and The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan got back behind the camera to begin production on his new Netflix horror series Midnight Mass. It was the first American series to start production in Vancouver during the coronavirus pandemic, and unlike some movies and TV shows that started back up in the middle of this mess, the production had an uninterrupted 83-day shoot that was free of COVID-19 scares.

So, how did they do it? Flanagan has shared his experience and it’s illuminating.  Read More »

haunting of bly manor spoiler review

I’ve already given a traditional, spoiler-free assessment of The Haunting of Bly Manor, in which I delved into how the series felt like a bit of a step-down from The Haunting of Bly Manor. Part of that review abided by embargo notes – Netflix sent out a list of details they really didn’t want covered in reviews, for the sake of protecting spoilers.

But now that Bly Manor has been streaming for a few days, I’m returning to touch on some of the more spoiler-centric elements haunting the new Netflix horror series.

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haunting of bly manor featurette

As October rolls in and gives way to Halloween season, it’s time to get haunted by Mike Flanagan and Netflix all over again. Flanagan and his team return next month with The Haunting of Bly Manor, a follow-up to the fantastic Haunting of Hill House. While this is yet another ghost story, and it maintains several Hill House actors, this is also something completely new – they’re taking an anthology approach here, where each new season tells a different story about different characters. A new Haunting of Bly Manor featurette goes behind the scenes of the upcoming series.

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“In college, I wrote an adaptation of Christopher Pike’s The Midnight Club and sent it to his agents,” Mike Flanagan tells filmmaker Mick Garris over Zoom. “They sent me a cease and desist letter.”

Back before he became the world-famous showrunner and director of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, Mike Flanagan was just hustling like the rest of us.  A constant reader who hails from Salem, Massachusetts, Flanagan seems destined to adapt the dark prose of Stephen King, to walk where bricks met neatly alongside Shirley Jackson, to gaze out longingly over fog-covered embankments just as Henry James intended.

It’s no wonder the writer/director went on to helm Netflix’s adaptation of Gerald’s Game, a seemingly impossible book to bring to the screen which Flanagan nailed so effortlessly. From there, Flanagan ran an entire show devoted to Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, a loose reimagining of the source material that despite its offbeat premise, won over the hearts of millions of viewers. Up next for the filmmaker is The Haunting of Bly Manor, the second season in his new anthology series, which takes James’ 1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw and places it smack dab in the middle of the 1980s. Bly is due to premiere on Netflix on October 9 of this year. After that? You’d never guess. “I’m doing a Christopher Pike show too, for Netflix,” Flanagan laughs. “The Midnight Club is the title of the show”.

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Haunting of Bly Manor Trailer

Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan brought plenty of horror to Netflix with The Haunting of Hill House back in 2018. Now he’s back with even more terror with the next installment of the horror anthology series, The Haunting of Bly Manor. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen the first series, because this takes place in a completely different setting, in an entirely different decade, and follows a whole new set of characters. But as the trailer eerily illustrates, all the creepiness you loved about the first series is still here, and it will arrive just in time to spook up your October. Read More »

haunting of bly manor

The Haunting of Bly Manor, the follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House, is changing things up a bit. For one thing, it’s telling a whole new story – drawing on the works of Henry James rather than Shirley Jackson. For another, the series is going to put the romance back in gothic romance. According to creator and director Mike FlanaganBly Manor is a love story as well as a ghost story.

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midnight mass production

Mike Flanagan is headed back to work. The filmmaker has begun production on his new Netflix horror series Midnight Mass, making it the latest production to start shooting during the pandemic. The series will reunite Flanagan with several cast members of The Haunting of Hill House and the upcoming The Haunting of Bly Manor.

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revival update

Mike Flanagan knows a thing or two about Stephen King adaptations. The filmmaker helmed both Gerald’s Game and Doctor Sleep, and now he’s gearing up for another: Revival. King’s revival, published in 2013, is a bleak, disturbing novel – and it sounds like Flanagan isn’t going to water things down. In a recent interview, Flanagan offered a quick update on the project and confirmed that it’s going to be just as dark as the source material.

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