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The Haunting of Bly Manor first impression: The follow-up to Haunting of Hill House is off to a great start

Written by Kshitij Rawat
| New Delhi |

October 11, 2020 6:32:24 pm


The Haunting of Bly Manor is streaming on Netflix. (Picture: Netflix)

The Haunting of Bly Manor is the follow-up to The Haunting of Hill Home, which was additionally created by Mike Flanagan. Each are a part of the anthology collection The Haunting. Whereas Hill Home tackled Shirley Jackson’s iconic horror novel of the identical title, Bly Manor makes use of materials from one other well-known piece of horror fiction, the late 19th-century novella The Flip of the Screw by Henry James.

The story considerations a haunted home (which I suppose goes to be the one fixed on this collection) in rural England referred to as Bly Manor. Victoria Pedretti’s Dani Clayton is the brand new governess to 2 orphan youngsters who inhabit the home together with a housekeeper. Clayton is instructed by her employer and the youngsters’s uncle, Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas), that the final governess died on the premises.

The primary episode has Dani arriving on the Manor, and he or she begins to see unusual individuals who the youngsters’s uncle by no means talked about have been dwelling contained in the constructing. Additionally, Dani, who’s an American, might have introduced her personal demons (literal ones) to the home. She retains seeing a determine with holes for eyes within the mirror.

The youngsters are clearly conscious of the ghostly presence and even seem to speak with them.

All that being stated, The Haunting of Bly Manor shouldn’t be scary, at the least not to this point. There aren’t any soar scares, or some other type of scares for that matter. The environment is creepy, sure, however even ghostly appearances are portrayed as demons from the previous than precise demons.

The episode, titled The Nice Good Place, is well-directed and acted. The visible fashion and cinematography (by James Kniest and Maxime Alexandre) is traditional Flanagan. It is rather cinematic and helps construct rigidity because of a particular atmosphere.

The performances are nice, although a few of the accents, particularly of Henry Thomas, are going to take some getting used to. The nice factor is, Wingrave shouldn’t be a lead character, and that may be ignored.

The Haunting of Bly Manor is off to an amazing begin. The primary episode was an ideal setup for the story, and I can not wait to see what occurs subsequent. Keep tuned for the total evaluate.

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