But you'll still be able to get similar vibes from Midnight Mass.
When The Haunting of Hill House first hit Netflix, it wasn’t clear how popular the series would be. But after the follow-up season, The Haunting of Bly Manor, was a mega-hit for the streaming service, it was apparent there was a new hit anthology horror series in town. Fans have been waiting for some sort of hint that a new installment would come, and when a cryptic teaser dropped on Netflix’s official Haunting Instagram and Twitter accounts, it seemed like everyone was in luck. But is Netflix’s The Haunting Season 3 *actually* in the works?
The first installment, The Haunting of Hill House, took its premise from author Shirley Jackson’s book of the same name. It starred Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Henry Thomas among a relatively well-known cast, with a closed-ended story that seemed to be a limited series type of show. But series creator Mike Flanagan had grander plans. The second installment in what seems to be a growing anthology series, The Haunting of Bly Manor, brought back Pedretti, Jackson-Cohen, and Thomas for a brand-new story, this one loosely based on the famous horror story, The Turn of the Screw.
Since then, fans have hoped there would be a new Haunting. But Flanagan once again zigged where fans expected him to zag. According to Flanagan, although the new teaser was posted to the official Netflix Haunting social media accounts, it’s not a preview for a new Haunting installment. In fact, Flanagan said there are no plans right now to make more Haunting seasons.
Instead, this seems to be a glimpse of Flanagan’s new project, which he has talked about on his social media account in recent months, the new series Midnight Mass.
Check out the teaser:
The first look at the new season does not reveal much, other than a boat attempting passage in not-great conditions. But the sign does give a few clues: Crockett Island, inoperable ferries, and a story set 30 miles from the mainland.
Although this teaser certainly gives nothing away (it doesn’t even mention the Midnight Mass title) the timing was right for it. Filming wrapped for the series back at the beginning of June 2021.
Once the official Midnight Mass trailer arrived on Aug. 9, it was clear all the fanfare really was about Midnight Mass.
The good news for fans is that, like Haunting, this new Midnight series looks to be another anthology, with Netflix billing it as a “limited series.” And there are several actors from The Haunting who will cross to the new show, including Kate Siegel and Henry Thomas, who were in both Haunting seasons. Hill House cast members Annabeth Gish, Robert Longstreet, and Samantha Sloyan will be also back, as will Bly Manor actors Rahul Kohli and Alex Essoe.
And even better, Flanagan is already talking about a follow-up, The Midnight Club, which is going into production soon.
The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor are both streaming on Netflix. Midnight Mass will join them with seven episodes on Sept. 24, 2021. Until then, we’ll just have to wait for the ferry to get here.
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