Prepare yourselves, horror fans. Netflix just released the latest trailer for The Haunting of Bly Manor, Mike Flanagan's follow-up to 2018's supremely unsettling horror show, The Haunting of Hill House. The latest clip offers a clear look at the terrors on the way next month—and yow, are we excited.
Initial reports about Bly Manor suggested it would be a loose adaptation of Henry James' classic gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. Flanagan has since expanded upon this, revealing that The Turn of the Screw is just one of many spine-tingling tales written by James that Bly Manor will explore. And while The Turn of the Screw has been adapted numerous times (from 1961's The Innocents to 2001's The Others), The Haunting of Bly Manor promises to be a modern, and utterly terrifying, rendition.
Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw is one of the most influential horror books ever written. It tells of a woman who serves as a governess of two children at a secluded English estate known as Bly Manor. The more time she spends at Bly, the more she begins to believe the grounds are haunted. James does a brilliant job of never revealing the whole truth about what evil hangs over the cursed estate, making his volume a haunting ghost story for the ages.
Flanagan's Bly Manor is set in 1980s England. The series features an American nanny named Dani Clayton, played by Victoria Pedretti, whom you may remember as Nell from The Haunting of Hill House. A man hires Dani to look after his niece and nephew. So Dani decamps to Bly Manor to take care of the two children. Needless to say, the new surroundings are anything but peaceful.
The trailer offers a tantalizing glimpse at the horrors that forever plague Bly Manor and its inhabitants; as said in the trailer, “The people here...they’re born here, and they die here.” With creepy haunted dolls galore, a woman having deathly dreams that aren't hers, and a flash of a chilling apparition, we couldn't be more excited for The Haunting of Bly Manor's October 9th release on Netflix. Scroll down to watch the new trailer—we recommend keeping the lights on.
Featured still of 'The Haunting of Bly Manor' via Netflix