Netflix has released a full trailer for The Haunting of Bly Manor, AKA The Haunting of Hill House season two and it’s a doozy!
The Haunting of Bly Manor is loosely based on Henry James’s classic novella, The Turn of the Screw but it definitely has some updates to its source story. The Turn of the Screw was set in the late 1800s and the series is set in 1980s England.
Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) was given custody of his young niece and nephew after their parents’ deaths and when the children’s au pair dies tragically, he hires Dani (Victoria Pedretti) to take her place. When Dani moves into Bly Manor, she begins to notice strange occurrences around the vast property.
Based on the exceedingly creepy trailer (which you can watch below), Dani has bad dreams, gets locked in a closet and sees apparitions. Mike Flanagan has planted plenty of his trademark eerie figures in the darkened backgrounds of several scenes, which means we will be able to once again look for the hidden ghosts, as we did with The Haunting of Hill House.
It looks like Dani isn’t the only inhabitant experiencing supernatural activity in Bly Manor. The trailer shows young Flora (Amelie Smith) talking to something in the house and even playing games with it. Uncle Henry is being harassed by a person or thing that looks like him. And the housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller), is also having dreams.
In a callback to Hill House, one of the scenes shows child-drawn artwork with the phrase “Come Home” crayoned on it, much like the red writing on the wallpaper in Hill House, which Nell was accused of creating. Another similarity to The Haunting of Hill House is the young talent involved; Smith gives off a wonderful, sweet and eerie vibe in the trailer.
It’s nice to see so many cast members from The Haunting of Hill House paying us a return visit; in addition to Henry Thomas and Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen appears in the trailer as Peter Quint. Kate Siegel is also listed in the cast, though the role she plays has yet to be announced.
Between all of the hair-raising scenes in the trailer, and the creepy instrumental version of Motley Crue’s Home Sweet Home, it looks like The Haunting of Bly Manor will be just as frightening and effective as its predecessor.
All nine episodes of The Haunting of Bly Manor will begin streaming on Netflix October 9. No doubt, many fans (myself included) will be bingeing the series as fast as they can!
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