If you’re looking to be terrified out of your wits in the same manner that The Haunting of Hill House accomplished, you won’t find such scares here. True to the book, this horror is much more in the psychological vein than jump scares (though there are a few genuinely frightening scenes dispersed throughout the episodes) but pulls it off exceptionally, meaning that it holds up against its predecessor, just in a different way. Flanagan’s incredible camera work and stellar performances from the actors both returning and new (The child actors for Miles and Flora are noteworthy while Oliver Jackson-Cohen truly shines as the evil Peter Quint) make this series gripping, with the continued horror coming through grim realizations as the story unfolds and human connection through the backstories of the ghosts of Bly Manor (something we didn’t get in Hill House despite the abundance of spooks) and how they met their tragic fates. Topped off with a genuinely bittersweet ending, this is one to watch in the horror genre, especially if you’re looking for the story as well as the scares.
The Haunting of Bly Manor is a masterpiece that one can never fail to appreciate. The series is more like poetry which depicts the harsh truth about life and how a person, despite knowing the inevitable, fails to accept it.
The Haunting of Bly Manor stars Victoria Pedretti as Dani Clayton, Oliver Jackson as Peter Quint, Henry Thomas as Henry Wingrave, Rahul Kohli as Owen Sharma, Tahirah Sharif as Rebecca Jessel, T’Nia Miller as Hannah Grose, and child actors Amelia Bea Smith as Flora and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as Miles in mainstream roles.
The series is inspired by the gothic novel “The turn of the screw” and depicts the story of the infamous Bly manor along with a young lady, Dani, who is hired by Henry, an autocrat, as an au pair to look after his niece and nephew, the housekeeper, Mrs. Grose, the groundkeeper Jamie and the chef Owen.
The series beautifully describes deep human emotions, the actual horrors, which can create an unsettling feeling inside us, and how the affection that we have for our loved ones makes it hard for us to let them go.
The series consists of 9 episodes, with each episode depicting each character’s story one by one and at last giving us a heart-wrenching finale that will let you drown in your tears and break your heart into several tiny pieces.
All riches, every luxury can fade but memories, tend to live on forever. The series signifies the most precious thing, the memories of our loved ones. These memories that we preserve in our hearts are the ones that keep us going.
The difference between the two series, The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor, is that Hill House was all about “Family,” how we saw the siblings coming together again as a family and restoring their precious bond. In contrast, Bly Manor is a story of sure strangers living together and facing the death of loved ones.
Despite being a horror genre, the series is much more than that. It teaches various delicate aspects of human life delightfully. It indicates that love and fear are the two faces of the same coin because like you.
Dare to love you also overcome your fear of losing them because you will always have those precious memories to hold onto.