Brief Review: The Haunting of Bly Manor

The Haunting of Bly Manor is a miniseries on Netflix, loosely based on Henry James‘s the Turn of the Screw. It is the follow-up series to The Haunting of Hill House and the second entry in The Haunting anthology series. 

This ^ is something I did not realize until I started looking into it more. I’m glad because I liked the Haunting of Hill House, but I felt that it fell apart at the end–something Bly Manor did not. Besides that, there were a lot of similarities between the two. They’re both character-based horror miniseries. But I’m not sure I’d really call them horror…more like creepy and ghosty.

Entertainment Weekly gives a great synopsis of the Haunting of Bly Manor: “The story tells of a young governess hired by a man to look after his niece and nephew at the family country house after they fall into his care. Arriving at the Bly estate, she begins to see apparitions that proceed to haunt the premises.”

The ghostly apparitions had different ghostly abilities and desires than I expected, and while I don’t think they presented real danger, their “head ghost” (so to speak) did. She had the most heartbreaking story of all and was the most dangerous of all as well. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I’m convinced she was perhaps the best character. If you’ve read any of my books, you know that I’m a big fan of characters with a lot of…well, gray matter. They’re neither all good nor all bad. The head ghost fits that bill to the T. I don’t want to give spoilers – just go check it out.

Recommendation: If you want eery, spine-tingling chills, watch The Haunting of Hill House (but don’t bother with the last couple episodes). If you want a better-written yet not as creepy story, watch the Haunting of Bly Manor.

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