Are you watching The Haunting of Bly Manor?

Because you should be. Based on Henry James’s genre-defining 1898 gothic horror novel The Turn of the Screw, The Haunting of Hill House’s sort-of-sequel re-casts the first season’s protagonists as the residents of a crumbling English estate also inhabited by several generations of spooks. Or malevolent manifestations of their own unresolved emotional traumas. Or a mix of the two. It’s very metaphorical.

Dani Clayton is an American au pair, employed by the almost too indifferent Uncle Henry Wingrave to tutor his nephew and niece Miles and Flora, whose parents died in an accident two or three years previously and whose other au pair also died in an accident maybe about a year previously so you know from the start that things are probably going to get worse. Plus there’s a housekeeper who seems to be stuck in time or memory and what’s the difference, anyway, and a cook who is in love with her, and a gardener who has a secret, and Henry’s valet who vanished or didn’t but that’s one more narrative puzzle. And a creepy dollhouse that’s obviously significant but not necessarily for the reasons you think.

And, like the first season, every episode features blink-and-you’ll-miss-it ghost cameos in the background of scenes – up to twelve in just the first episode, depending on how you count them.

The Haunting of Bly Manor is out now on Netflix.

LOL SO RANDOM
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