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Review: ‘Bly Manor’ haunts on Netflix

Review: ‘Bly Manor’ haunts on Netflix
  • On October 27, 2020

Five out of Five Stars

By Chloe Gregg
Staff Writer

“The Haunting of Bly Manor” was recently released on Netflix, and I binge-watched the entire season within a weekend.

If you’re into all things spooky, Halloween, or horror-related, then you probably watched “The Haunting of Hill House” last October, when it was randomly dropped into our laps via Netflix.

“The Haunting of Bly Manor” is technically Hill House’s second season, but similar to “American Horror Story,” either seasons can be watched completely separate from the other; they don’t have anything to do with each other, even though the same actors are involved.

“Bly Manor” has a whopping 87-percent score on Rotten Tomatoes (a movie and show critic site that is known for being harsh), and it’s no surprise why.

To begin with, the writing is phenomenal. Re-watching “Bly Manor” just leaves viewers to find more hidden things that they might have missed the first time around. The storyline is just complicated enough that it will grasp attention, but not so complicated, like “American Horror Story,” that it just turns into nonsense.

The show is not as heavy with jump-scares as “Hill House,” but it has a more psychological scare behind it.

“Bly Manor” is the summer home of two children who recently lost their parents. They are in need of a governess after their previous governess committed suicide on the property.

Victoria Pedretti fills this role as Dani, an easygoing and independent young woman looking for just this kind of escape to restart her life. But there’s something very, very wrong with Bly Manor and all of the shadows within it.

I highly suggest watching “Bly Manor,” and if you haven’t already, definitely watch “Hill House,” too. Both are fantastically written and directed, and both will leave you wanting a nightlight.