Mike Flanagan breaks down The Haunting of Hill House's single-take episode

My fiancée and I are in the middle of watching Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House and last night's episode was Two Storms, which followed both the past and present members of the Crain family as they experienced a storm. It was a fantastic episode which was made all the more distinctive by director Mike Flanagan's extremely long takes; there were only 5 cuts in the entire hour-long episode. Netflix has already released a behind-the-scenes video which dived into the  challenges that the cast and crew faced in the making of Two Storms, but Mike Flanagan took to Twitter to offer up a much more in-depth explanation of how the episode was filmed. Take it away, Mike!

Sounds like quite the feat, but the payoff was defintely well worth it. As far as where the future of the series will take us, Mike Flanagan has said that if there is a second season of The Haunting of Hill House, it won't revolve around the Crain family. "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," Flanagan said. "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. That said, I think more than anything, the show is about haunted places and haunted people, as Steve says, and there’s no shortage of either. So, there’s any number of things we could do, in or out of Hill House."

The official synopsis for The Haunting of Hill House:

A modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s iconic novel, The Haunting of Hill House explores a group of siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country. Now adults, and forced back together in the face of tragedy, the family must finally confront the ghosts of their past — some of which still lurk in their minds while others may actually be stalking the shadows of Hill House.

The Haunting of Hill House is now available on Netflix.

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