Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ is too scared to be scary

Netflix's 'The Haunting of Bly Manor' is too scared to be scary

The Haunting of Bly Manor is more afraid of you than you are of it. 

Writer-director Mike Flanagan and his popular Haunting anthology return to Netflix Oct. 9, almost two years to the day since The Haunting of Hill House darkened our queues in 2018The Haunting of Bly Manor, partially based on Henry James’ 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw, invites viewers to a regal English country home owned by the ill-fated Wingrave family and maintained by their equally unlucky house staff. 

The ghostly premise seems like the perfect next step for the beloved horror series. And yet, the specters of Henry James, Hill House, and other successful genre anthologies haunt its execution. The result is an excellent idea weighed down by imitation and insecurity. It’s watchable, certainly — but not anywhere near the fearless, ethereal experience Flanagan fans have come to expect. Read more…

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