The Netflix series will be released on October 9, with the new trailer and full details of the story available right here.
The Haunting of Hill House was a Netflix series that surprisingly took the internet by storm. A haunting tale that felt genuinely scary with roots grounded in psychological trauma and realism. What worked for Hill House was how anchored the sins of its characters past were tied to its story. That rather than ghosts, it was our sins that haunted us.
The sequel to The Haunting at Hill House, aptly called The Haunting of Bly Manor, is of a similar vein in terms of story. The anthology sequel to the beloved ‘Haunting’ series created by director Mike Flanagan (Doctor Sleep), the show is continuing to tell its heart retching tale of drama, tragedy, and loss though from a new perspective.
Bly Manor will be an adaption of the Henry James’ novel The Turn of The Screw. Set in an Essex country house in 1980s England, the story follows the Wingrave family, as family figurehead Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) hires a young American nanny (Victoria Pedretti) for his niece and nephew after the tragic death of the family’s original au pair.
Yet, when their new governess, Dani arrives, it’s soon noted that all is not as it seems. As Haunting secrets of the spirits of the past desperately seek to be discovered. Yet, not everyone on the manor can see these ghosts of the past. And what we get are instead, echoes of haunted hallways, creepy attics, and still-life terrors, reminding audiences that while the home is where the heart is, sometimes, it’s also chill to the core.
Wanting to go in a different direction after having tied up the Hill House storyline, the Bly Manor will take a similar anthology approach to American Horror Story by utilizing much of the same cast but set to new characters. With Victoria Pedretti, Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, and Catherine Parker, all returning in significant roles.