The Haunting of Hill House was one my favourite things that I watched last year (yes, I was late to the party) and Mike Flanagan is back with a follow up series, The Haunting of Bly Manor. Based on the Henry James story Ihe Turn of the Screw, it takes place in 1980s and has a young nanny being hired at the titular Bly Manor to look after two young children, and of course everything is not as it seems.
Let’s take a look!
I’m not going to lie, Mike Flanagan has officially reached the free pass point with me: if he’s involved with something, I am going to give it a shot. This is based not only on how much I liked Hill House but also that Doctor Sleep turned out to be one of my favourite movies of last year.
This looks like it’s right up the same alley, with enough creepy stuff going on in the background (and foreground) of these images that I couldn’t be more excited for a new horror thing to watch in time for Halloween. I’m also low-key love that they’ve opted for the anthology format, with many of the same people in production roles and many of the same actors involved, but a separate story with new characters. I dig repertory casts, apparently.
All nine episodes of The Haunting of Bly Manor will premiere on Netflix on October 9th. Everyone, please watch it so that they get to make a third series. Here is the official synopsis:
From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy comes THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, the next highly anticipated chapter of The Haunting anthology series, set in 1980s England. After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) hires a young American nanny (Victoria Pedretti) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew (Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen (Rahul Kohli), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve) and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller). But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed in this chilling gothic romance. At Bly Manor, dead doesn’t mean gone.