The Haunting of Bly Manor Review 2020 Tv Show Series Cast Crew Online
Creator: Mike Flanagan
Stars: Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Amelia Eve
It’s wow, It’s about love, memory, and therefore the quiet heart-rending, bone-aching loss that feels an excessive amount of in-tuned. Loosely supported by Henry James’ 1898 Gothic horror novella The Turn of the Screw, The Haunting of Bly Manor is Mike Flanagan’s followup to The Haunting of Hill House (itself a retelling of Shirley Jackson’s novel of the identical name). It just requires patience, and maybe a second viewing, for the audience to completely appreciate. Flanagan moves the events to 1987, but the essential details otherwise remain the same: London businessman Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) hires a troubled American teacher, Dani Clayton (Victoria Pedretti), to play outlander to his orphaned niece and nephew at the family’s country estate, Bly Manor.
Imposing Bly Manor is precisely collectively conventional, with a sprawling house, a family chapel and cemetery, an extended history, and an unmistakable sense of dread. And while the youngsters aren’t precisely the stock characters that typically populate such stories, they’re undeniably … off. Young Flora (Amelie Bea Smith) is as sweet as an alien could hope for — her repeated decrees of “perfectly splendid” could form the idea for an ill-advised drinking game — a minimum of until she issues stern warnings about her dolls, or walking round the house after bedtime. Precocious Miles (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth), the elder of the 2, oscillates between world-weary and subtly menacing. They’re offset by a devoted staff that defies the conventions of the genre: Hannah Grace (T’Nia Miller), the alternately warm and fierce caretaker who’s as protective of the manor as she is its occupants; Owen (Rahul Kohli), the pun-loving cook who moved back home from Paris to worry for his ailing mother; and Jamie (Amelia Eve), the rough-around-the-edges gardener.
But before Dani can even unpack, she’s drawn into the mysteries, of her new home, and of her new friends and charges, each of whom is burdened, and shaped, by loss — whether of loved ones or of self. Whereas Hill House maintained a gentle drumbeat of scares, embodied by terrors just like the Bent-Neck Lady, Bly Manor is much more reserved, parceling out its apparitions early, in flashes in mirrors and windows, before then throwing open the doors.
The series explores multiple facets of memories, as welcome refuge from an unpleasant present, because the fading tributes to those we’ve lost, and as their own types of haunting. that regularly plays a repetition that’s initially comforting, but then, because the memories fold back onto themselves, musters little over confusion and, ultimately, dread.
Although The Haunting of Bly Manor has all of the trappings of a traditional horror series, it’s anything but traditional. Viewers rousing for the next jump scare, or else playing “count the ghosts,” will likely come away a little disappointed.
Here, it’s the scenes between the habitual frights that pay off. There are moments in Bly Manor so emotionally calamitous, in which characters reveal the boundless depths of their heartache, that viewers may find themselves tearing up … yes, while watching what’s communally a supernatural horror drama.