Over the last several years, Mike Flanagan has made a name for himself as a director of horror, and at the same time, become one of my personal favourite filmmakers. This past week saw the release of his latest project, the Netflix series Midnight Mass. To celebrate this, here are three great films and two series he directed.
We are, each of us, haunted. Not by ghosts necessarily, but by our pasts and the choices that we’ve made and circumstances, we have endured. We are not all haunted all the time, and sometimes we are the ones doing the haunting. Memories of us cling to the people we love and who loved us and can drag us down as much as raise us up.
The Haunting of Bly Manor is a story about being haunted, but as with the best of gothic romance, it is not a ghost story as much as it is a story with ghosts in it. Each of the characters is dealing with their own ghost. Whether it is an ex-fiance or bad choices, none is immune. Even the house itself, which is haunted more literally, is haunted because its past cannot let go of it. Each of them gains a way out because The Haunting of Bly Manor is a story about love.
In case it isn’t already apparent, I am pretty hyped for The Haunting of Bly Manor. The trailer released last week was good, and the deep dive we took into that trailer revealed what looks to be another effectively scary story from director Mike Flanagan.
Now posters have been released for each of the nine episodes, and each one comes with the episode’s title. Each title is that of a story by Henry James, whose classic horror story The Turning of the Screw inspires the main plot of the season. The season also reportedly borrows pieces from other stories by James, so consider each of these posters clues.
The first full trailer for the upcoming Netflix original series The Haunting of Bly Manor dropped a few days ago. I’m a big fan of Mike Flanagan, with both the 2019 film Doctor Sleep being one of my favourites of last year, and the 2018 series The Haunting of Hill House being one of my favourite series of that year.
Bly Manor is the second in what officially appears to be an anthology series, with the same production crew and many of the same actors, but a self-contained story with new characters. Based on the 1898 Henry James story The Turning of the Screw, this series will hopefully be creepy another great entry in Mike Flanagans incredibly effective horror filmography.
So let’s take a closer look!
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!