Mike Flanagan has been a well-known horror director for years, but since 2018 Haunting of Hill House The series for Netflix probably brought him into the spotlight. After following up on this Haunting of Bly Manor Two years later, Flanagan was busy with other series for the streamer, just like last year The Midnight Club and recently The Fall of the House of Usher. The latter might end up being the last we get from him as far as Netflix is ​​concerned, as he’s now moving to Amazon to helm a TV show for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.

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But as busy as his schedule was and still is, Flanagan had plans to return to the series that made him a household name in horror. In the new limited edition of Richard Matheson’s 1971 novel hell house, The filmmaker has written a foreword revealing this Insistent would live by Bly Manor. He and Netflix “talked a lot about” how the anthology series should continue and that he had planned the third season The haunting in the hell house. This was originally what he wanted to do for the second season, but rights issues prevented this.

Why Hellhouse? Flanagan thinks highly of it, praising Matheson’s “feeling for cinematic set pieces, audience expectations and emotional thrills that were lacking in many of his literary predecessors.” I don’t know that there has ever been a haunted house story so downright cinematic Hellhouse. […] Stephen King is right when he says, “Without his I Am Legend there would have been none.” Night of the Living Dead.’ Without HellhouseI would argue that there wouldn’t be any poltergeistNO The incantationno, insidious.”

For those who haven’t read it: Hellhouse The focus is on a quartet of strangers who are brought to the Belasco House, which has been abandoned for twenty years. Although the house is considered cursed and previous attempts to find out its secrets have resulted in people losing their lives, this new group can’t help but find out why they have their titular name. The book received widespread praise and was considered by many to be one of the scariest novels of all time. Two years after its release, it received a film adaptation titled The legend of the hell house written by Matheson himself and starring Pamela Franklin and Roddy McDowell. And in 2008, Ian Edginton and Simon Fraser adapted it as a comic miniseries for IDW.

If you want the new Suntup Edition limited edition, you can pre-order the remaining stock here ahead of the final release in 2024. And maybe Flanagan will find time for a film adaptation in the next few years Hellhouse between TV projects?

[via BloodyDisgusting]

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