Well, it turns out this spooky season was a great time to release The Haunting of Bly Manor, the second “Haunting” anthology after Hill House last year.
The series has been at the top of Netflix’s 10 best list for a week in a row now and doesn’t seem to show any signs of dropping out anytime soon, as other newcomers like Emily in Paris and the final season of Schitt’s Creek can’t. not catch it.
Bly Manor scored a bit lower than Hill House on critical metrics, 93% vs. 86% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, 91% to 67% among fans there, although most of the complaints I see concern the accents used on the show? Weird, but okay.
Bly Manor has strengthened already strong positions for two key figures in the Netflix ecosystem: Mike Flanagan, the creator of the two series who should now effectively have a blank check to do what he wants with the success of these two shows, and actress Victoria Pedretti, who played a smaller role as sibling (dead man) in The Haunting of Hill House, but made it big in You season 2, the Netflix series took over from Lifetime. Now, she’s the central star, and stands alongside Millie Bobbie Brown and Henry Cavill as one of Netflix’s most recognizable faces in three of its most popular shows.
In my review, I said I liked The Haunting of Hill House better than Bly Manor, but that’s a high bar because I actually consider Hill House Netflix’s best original series, and Bly Manor is still very. , very good, focusing on a love story instead of a purely family story. As I said before, Flanagan has created here almost a new genre of “uplifting” horror, if that makes sense. These “Haunting” series have their jumping fears of course, but usually no more than 1-2 per entire season, and it’s less about being troubling and gruesome and more about the human connection told across the spirit world. . And man, it really, really works.
Even before the success of Bly Manor, Mike Flanagan signed a global deal with Netflix in 2019. Flanagan also directed Gerald’s Game with Carla Gugino, who also appears in both Haunting productions, and in theaters he did Doctor Sleep, the sequel to Shining, which I didn’t particularly like, despite its other such solid work.
Flanagan’s next project doesn’t appear to be another Haunting, at least not yet, but rather Midnight Mass, where he reunites with his Haunting cohort Trevor Macy for a seven-episode series about an isolated island community that experiences miraculous events. No, it’s not day three on HBO Max. This was reported again in 2019 so it may have been pushed back due to COVID so if we’re going to get a third haunted outing it probably won’t be for at least 1.5-2 more years, I Assumed.
For now, enjoy the two we have, some of the best horrors ever to air on TV.
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