Featuring some of the original cast but this time, as different characters!
None who have walked the halls of Hill House at night have ever made it out. The same could be said for the audience who still yearns to learn more stories splattered across the halls of hill house no matter how sinister it may be.
The same could not be said however for the show’s creator, Mike Flannagan, who has not only left Hill House in the past, but has also moved toward another house of sinister history.
The Haunting of Bly Manor
Meet The Haunting of Bly Manor. Primarily adapted from the 1898 novella ‘The Turn of the Screw’ by Henry James, about a young woman who moves to the English countryside to care for two orphaned children, encountering evidence of a grim history and entities she can’t begin to explain.
Unlike the familial theme that ran through Hill House, Bly Manor’s hauntings root from love stories interwoven with generations of star-crossed affection and heartache.
“It certainly provides a new way to tell a love story, and there are three of them that really beat at the heart of this season,” Flanagan tells Vanity Fair. “They all have a very dark edge to them. And by the end, it’s really hard to differentiate tragedy with romance. That sense of romantic longing for someone who meant so much to us—but who’s gone—really is the heart of any ghost story.”
The Haunting of Bly Manor also snagged a few borrowed characters and themes from stories such as,“The Jolly Corner,” about a menacing doppelgänger, and “The Romance of Certain Old Clothes,” about two sisters and a mysterious chest of beloved dresses.
Although Bly Manor follows an entirely different story from Hill House and takes place mostly in 1987, we’ll be seeing a few familiar faces who walked the first series of the franchise.
Victoria Pedretti who played Nell, the youngest of the Crain family in Hill House, makes her rounds around Bly Manor as well. This time, she plays the sunny American tutor who moves into Bly Manor in the English countryside to look after the two Wingrave siblings.
The Same but Different
The Haunting of Hill House and Bly Manor both tell tales of haunted houses and haunted people but that’s where the similarities end between the two sister shows.
According to Flannagan via Vanity Fair, “Outside of that though, it was really important for all of us not to play the same notes we played for the first season. The first season is very much entrenched in family dynamics and death and grief and loss and child trauma. We all collectively felt like we’d said everything we wanted to say about that.”
So you can expect a different form of craziness to envelop you as we binge-watch the Haunting of Bly Manor dropping exclusively on Netflix this fall.
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