Oliver Jackson-Cohen teases 'phenomenal' Haunting of Hill House S2: 'Mike Flanagan has knocked it outta the park'

Amy West
Contributor

The Invisible Man star Oliver Jackson-Cohen says The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan has done something “pretty phenomenal” when it comes to the second season of the hit Netflix show.

The British actor revealed that The Haunting of Bly Manor, the next instalment in the horror anthology series, has just wrapped production and that he can’t wait for fans to see what they’ve been cooking up.

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“It was great,” he tells Yahoo Movies UK, when asked what it was like reuniting with returning cast members Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti.

“It’s weird because Hill House [S1] we did, and we had no concept of how massive the show would become.

“We genuinely just thought we were making this really interesting story and maybe someone would watch it. It’s quite amazing.

Victoria Pedretti and Oliver Jackson-Cohen as the adult Crain twins in The Haunting of Hill House. (Netflix)

“So I think there’s a certain amount of pressure for a second season but Mike has knocked it outta the park. It’s pretty phenomenal what he’s done.”

Released in October 2018, The Haunting of Hill House reimagined Shirley Jackson’s 1959 gothic horror novel to centre on the Crains; Steve (Michiel Huisman), Shirley (Elizabeth Reaser), Theodora (Siegel) and twins Luke (Jackson-Cohen) and Nell (Pedretti).

Mike Flanagan, Kate Siegel, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Victoria Pedretti attend the Netflix FYSEE Event for 'Haunting of Hill House', 2019. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix)

The siblings - who struggle to see eye-to-eye - have shared a complicated relationship with their father Hugh (played by both Thomas and Timothy Hutton) ever since a series of paranormal experiences forced them to flee their childhood home back in 1992.

Intercutting between two time periods, one in the present day, and one in their past, the first 10-episode season proved a huge hit with fans.

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For The Haunting of Bly Manor, Flanagan found inspiration in The Turn of the Screw, Henry James’s 1898 book that follows a governess who is sent to a remote estate to care for two young children. There, thanks to some spooky goings on, she soon becomes convinced that the grounds are haunted.

A still from The Haunting of Hill House. (Netflix)

For now, it’s unclear how closely Flanagan will stick to the source material - it seems safe to assume he’ll deviate quite a bit given how different Hill House was to the book in which it’s based.

That said, it has already been announced that Pedretti will play governess Dani while Jackson-Cohen will portray a “charming fellow” named Peter.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Adrian Griffin in 'The Invisible Man' (Universal Pictures)

Newbies T’Nia Miller (Years and Years), Catherine Parker (Doctor Sleep) and Rahul Kohli (iZombie) round out the cast.

Before he’ll share the small screen alongside them however, Jackson-Cohen will be seen as the titular antagonist in The Invisible Man, Leigh Whannell’s upcoming modern-day take on H.G. Wells’s classic sci-fi novel.

The film follows Cecilia Cass (The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss), as she becomes increasingly convinced that her abusive ex Adrian Griffin (Jackson-Cohen) has found a way to stalk her without being seen.

The Haunting of Bly Manor is expected to land on Netflix later this year.

The Invisible Man is out in UK cinemas from Friday, 28 January. Watch a trailer below.