The Haunting Of Bly Manor Series Review & Summary

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The Haunting of Bly Manor is an American supernatural horror drama web television series, created by Mike Flanagan for Netflix, and is loosely based on the 1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. It is the follow-up series to The Haunting of Hill House, and the second entry in The Haunting anthology series.

While the creative team and many of the cast of Hill House returned for Bly Manor, the narratives of the two series are not connected. The Haunting of Bly Manor premiered on Netflix on October 9, 2020.

The Haunting Of Bly Manor Series Cast

  • Victoria Pedretti as Dani Clayton
  • Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Peter Quint
  • Amelia Eve as Jamie
  • T’Nia Miller as Hannah Grose
  • Rahul Kohli as Owen
  • Tahirah Sharif as Rebecca Jessel
  • Amelie Bea Smith as Flora Wingrave
  • Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as Miles Wingrave
  • Henry Thomas as Henry Wingrave
  • Recurring cast   
  • Kate Siegel as Viola Willoughby
  • Catherine Parker as Perdita Willoughby
  • Alex Essoe as Charlotte Wingrave
  • Carla Gugino  as The Storyteller

The Haunting Of Bly Manor Series Plot

The story tells of a young governess hired by a man to look after his niece and nephew at the family country house The Bly Manor after they fall into his care.

Arriving at the Bly estate, she begins to see apparitions that proceed to haunt the premises.

The Haunting Of Bly Manor Series Review

Mike Flanagan follows up his first in the horror anthology with The Haunting of Bly Manor, a Gothic Romance-influenced ghost story based on Henry James novella The Turn of The Screw. The cast is “perfectly splendid”. This is nowhere near as scary as Hill House but it’s good in its own way. We loved the perfectly gothic look of the Bly Manor and the vibe this show gave off!

Well we don’t wanna spoil anything , so this story is about how the Bly Manor finds its “Haunting”. All the 9 episodes are about all the characters that are in this story , one by one their deep dark and terrifying secrets are revealed. This whole show may seem long but the details and work is amazing.

Dani Clayton played by the beautiful Victoria Pedretti , a young American au pair with just as many secrets as the family she’s hired to work for finds herself in a THE  gorgeous BLY MANOR to take care of Miles and Flora Wingrave, played by the brilliantly charming Benjamin Evan Ainsworth and Amelie Smith.

But it’s not all what it seems like with everyone having their own secrets. Flanagan remarkably showcases every character and their back stories one by one , this show is hypnotic and makes you feel the sadness and trauma that character feels.

An adaption from the following television films The Innocents 1961, The Turn of the Screw 1974, The Turn of the Screw 2009 .

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The Haunting Of Bly Manor Series Episodes

  • “The Great Good Place” Mike Flanagan
  • “The Pupil” Ciarán Foy, James Flanagan
  • “The Two Faces, Part One” Ciarán Foy, Diane Ademu-John
  • “The Way It Came” Liam Gavin,Laurie Penny
  • “The Altar of the Dead” Liam Gavin,   Angela LaManna
  • “The Jolly Corner” Yolanda Ramke & Ben Howling,   Rebecca Leigh Klingel
  • “The Two Faces, Part Two”    Yolanda Ramke & Ben Howling, The Clarkson Twins
  • “The Romance of Certain Old Clothes” Axelle Carolyn, Leah Fong
  • “The Beast in the Jungle” E.L. Katz,   Julia Bicknell

The Haunting Of Bly Manor Series Critical Reception

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 87% of 47 reviews are positive for The Haunting of Bly Manor, and the average rating is 7.29/10. The critical consensus reads, “It may not be as scary as its predecessor, but with plenty of spooky tricks inside its haunted halls and a strong sense of heart, The Haunting of Bly Manor is another solid entry into Mike Flanagan’s growing horrorography.”

On Metacritic, the series received a weighted average score of 65 out of 100 based on 11 critics, indicating “generally positive reviews”.

The Movie Culture Synopsis

This is one gorgeous show you’d love to watch as it’s spooky season now. Flanagan did a remarkable job with all the details and a beautiful tragic story or let’s say stories with meticulous attention characters more haunted than the house even adding more interesting stuff like the narrative/storytelling, makes it more intense and exciting.

Even though Bly Manor is nothing scary as compared to as of Hill House but it’s a beautiful horror romance drama that one would want to sit and watch. This show is a whole puzzle you just have to find the right pieces at the right time. This show is “perfectly splendid as well as perfectly dreadful” as the gorgeous little Flora Wingrave says.

We, at The Movie Culture enjoyed watching this show and might give it a perfect 4.5! Let us know how was it after you watch it, in the comments.

The Haunting of Bly Manor released on Friday the 9th and you can view it on Netflix.

Author

  • Semin Tungekar is a Mumbai based writer who has contributed a number of Articles to The Movie Culture. She also has a nack for Digital Arts which she constantly puts out on her domain.