Haunting of Bly Manor (TV/Horror) [TV/Review]


Year: 2020
Genre: Horror
Source: Streaming (Netflix)


After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry hires a young American nanny to care for his orphaned niece and nephew who reside at Bly Manor with the chef Owen, groundskeeper Jamie and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose.


So another mini-series from Mike Flanagan, the creator of The Haunting of Hill House (7/10) from 2018. I liked Hill House, but I wasn’t one of the “best thing that have happened for a decade” people. Early Mike Flanagan on the other hand I loved. When Absentia (9/10) came out in 2011, I thought it was one of the best indie/underground horror movies for years. Also Oculus (8/10) I really liked. Then came Hush (7/10) in 2016 and I liked it early on, but unfortunatly they unmasked the killer to soon so it lost all creepiness. Also in 2016 he delivered Ouija: Origin of Evil (6/10) and in 2017 the celebrated by a lot of people (not me) Gerald’s Game (6/10). So for me he started out great, but now it feels a little watered down to fit the masses.

So, Haunting of Bly Manor. It kind of feels like it had that “The horror show of the year” talk before its release, and I really wanted to like it. But it landed in the “it was ok” piles. Victoria Pedretti is awesome as always, as the au pair. I just love her acting. Just her facial expressions reacting to various situations is amazing. Also Amelie Bea Smith as the little girl did a great job. But the show in itself, although it had some creepy atmosphere going on, it doesn’t really go anywhere for what feels like ages. A week after I watched it, I got a question what it was about, and I had already forgot. So no lasting impression. A one time watch for me!


We are lead to believe it was filmed in England but actually it was done in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The exterior shots of the mansion was filmed at Thornewood Castle, Lakewood, Washington, USA and the interior at The Bridge Studios, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canad

The production on this series successfully completed filming just a month before production suspensions were established for many television shows due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the 35th adaptation for film/TV of the Henry James novella The Turn of the Screw. A movie remake telling a modern version of the tale called The Turning (2020) was released in theaters a few months before this series premiered. The episode titles are named after the ghost stories of Henry James.

The Haunting of Bly Manor is a follow-up to the American anthology horror drama series The Haunting of Hill House (2018). While the creative team and many of the cast of Hill House are returning for Bly Manor, the narratives of the two series will not be connected.

… and last a goof for us detail nerds, Bly Manor has North American early 20th century push button light switches and sockets throughout the building despite being set somewhere in Essex, England. Buildings electrified in early 20th century England would have had toggle switches and round two pin sockets. By the 1980s, when the series is set, there would have been modern UK sockets and switches if the building had ever been rewired. Henry’s office and Peter’s flat have the correct UK switches.


I watched this streaming on Netflix





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