A ‘perfectly splendid’ Halloween binge-watch

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“The Haunting of Bly Manor” hit Netflix on October 9 and is the perfect series to binge-watch during the Halloween season. 

The series is a follow-up to “The Haunting of Hill House” which came out on Netflix in 2018. Although Bly Manor is a continuation in the Haunting series, the two narratives are not connected. 

Just as “The Haunting of Hill House” is based on a novel, the Bly Manor series is based on a work of literature titled “The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. All 9 episode titles are based on a piece of his work and give viewers a clue as to what it will hold. 

According to Radio Times, filming for the movie took place in Canada although the storyline is set in England. The haunted house is a large mansion set far back into the woods that sits on an eerie lake.

A young American nanny, played by Victoria Pedretti, best known for her role as Nell in “The Haunting of Hill House”, is hired on at the Bly Manor to care for two orphaned children Flora, who is 8 years old, and Miles, who is 10 years old. She realizes she may be in for more than she bargained for when she sees the twisted secrets and terrifying figures the manor holds. 

The actors do a wonderful job making this story come to life. The children, played by Amelie Smith and Benjamin Ainsworth, may seem sweet, but they also do horrific things to their nanny. If you want to find out more about their mischief, I suggest you tune in. 

Other amazing characters include T’Nia Miller as Hannah and Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Peter Quint. Both of their roles are essential to the storyline. 

Although the series does not share the same fear factor as Hill House, there are moments that are likely to make you jump. The storyline is hard to follow at times as it jumps back and forth between the present and past, but the concluding episode brings it all together and many connections are made.

If you need a good series to watch amidst all the craziness in the world this Halloween, “The Haunting of Bly Manor” is an excellent choice. 

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