Netflix’s “The Haunting of Bly Manor” Looks Creepy Enough, But Walks Familiar Ground

Posted on August 25, 2020


There’s no trailer for this one yet, but since The Haunting of Bly Manor is show creator Mike Flanagan’s follow up to last year’s surprisingly affecting The Haunting of Hill House, these promotional shots are worth a look. Like last season’s Hill House “adaptation,” The Haunting of Bly Manor seems to take broad inspiration of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw without actually being all that beholden to the original text. Some of the cast members of Hill House are back for this one and the ’80s fashion looks totally on point:



We’ll definitely be catching this one because The Haunting of Hill House was a surprisingly nuanced emotional story with some fairly decent old-school scares. Unfortunately the ending was not all that great. Flanagan also directed this past year’s Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining and something we read in one of the film’s reviews really stuck with us. Flanagan’s very good at high-end, emotionally rooted horror, but a bit too in love with putting some sort of happy ending on it. Also: we’re more than over the creepy children trope. Those kids better be excellent at it, because if your whole story hinges on creepy kids and you’ve got a couple self-conscious child actors, it all falls apart. We guess what we’re saying here is that this looks good, but we are going into it cautiously.



[Photo Credit: Netflix]

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