Friends, being a devoted monster kid since the tender age of 3, thanks to catching 1931’s Frankenstein on a midnight movie – the month of October has always meant a great deal to me. In fact it would be a bold face lie if I said that Halloween was not my favorite Holiday of the year. For this year I was really, really looking forward to seeing the next season of Creepshow on Shudder – of course as we are all aware, COVID-19 decided to turn our World upside down and sadly the horror anthology series will not be ready for an October release. However we have a bit of good news, a silver lining to that delightfully dreary October sky, as Netflix shared a trailer and release date for The Haunting of Bly Manor yesterday. Created by Mike Flanagan of The Haunting of Hill House and the criminally underrated Doctor Sleep – as I understand it – this new series while featuring some of the actors from the former Netflix show has no connection beyond that. Furthermore it appears to be loosely based on Henry James’ 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw. In addition I can share with you that at the 23 second mark of this trailer – Netflix and the showrunners of The Haunting of Bly Manor have already ensured that I will have to watch it with the lights on.
To be completely honest – I do not believe that one of the dolls comes to life – I think that is Amelie Bea Smith’s character wearing the face of a doll… which does not in anyway make it less frightening. The Internet Movie Database entry for The Haunting of Bly Manor is a little scarce but the Wikipedia entry states there will be 9 episodes in total – with Flanagan directing three of the episodes in addition to writing the first episode.
From the press release by Netflix:
“From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy comes THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, the next highly anticipated chapter of The Haunting anthology series, set in 1980s England. After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) hires a young American nanny (Victoria Pedretti) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew (Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen (Rahul Kohli), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve) and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller). But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed in this chilling gothic romance. At Bly Manor, dead doesn’t mean gone.”
We only have 38 days to wait until The Haunting of Bly Manor debuts on Netflix – plenty of time to get into the Holiday spirit.