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‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ is a must-watch this spooky season

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There are three steps that come with watching “The Haunting of Bly Manor:” 1. Finishing the series; 2. Spending hours on YouTube trying to figure out what you missed in each episode; 3. Watching/rewatching “The Haunting of Hill House.”

“The Haunting of Hill House” came out on Netflix in October 2018, and it surrounds a family who grew up in a haunted house. The show left viewers shocked and borderline obsessed—the plot twists and characters had so much depth that the show didn’t leave many minds for days.

If you haven’t watched “Hill House,” don’t worry about getting into before you start “The Haunting of Bly Manor;” their plots aren’t related. In fact, if you can’t decide which series to start first, I would recommend choosing “Bly Manor.”

“The Haunting of Bly Manor” was released on Oct. 9, and it shares the story of a young woman, Dani Clayton (Victoria Pedretti), who earns the job as an au pair for two children in London. Their house is huge and old, so, as per usual, it’s haunted. Although, if I told you WHAT was haunting the area, I would be ruining the entire show for you, so I’m going to be as broad as possible.

I started this series with high expectations following “The Haunting of Hill House.” Like many other viewers, that show left me thinking about it for weeks, and I was looking forward to having another series do the same. At first, I was disappointed. Some of the characters seemed very annoying to me, and I couldn’t keep watching without wanting to go watch “Hill House” instead. However, around the third episode, the show began to pick up, and as soon as the characters and plot became more interesting, I couldn’t take my eyes away from the screen.

“The Haunting of Hill House” is known for its insane casting and character development, and “Bly Manor” is not too far behind. When the plot became more eventful, the characters’ stories started to expand, which led to even more characters and tons of backstories—there’s even one episode that focuses completely on the most relevant backstory. With this information, I only wanted more answers. It got to a point where I needed to know everything about every character, so there was no stopping me from watching this show whenever I had free time. 

If you’re considering binging this show and wondering whether or not it’s truly scary, you’ll get mixed opinions. It focuses a lot on the drama and thrill of the story, which leads to many saying that it’s not scary. It honestly isn’t, for the most part. Occasionally, you’ll find scenes where things are a little too dark and a little too quiet, and a face hidden somewhere in the corner will make you a bit nervous.

Speaking of faces in the corner, another notable part of “The Haunting of Hill House” was the ghosts hidden throughout every episode; casual shots would have random figures hidden in places for a creepy effect. While watching “Bly Manor,” I thought they didn’t keep the tradition going since I didn’t notice any. Scarily enough, I was completely wrong. After you finish this show, you’re probably going to find yourself watching a multitude of YouTube videos that explain all of your unanswered questions, and you may even come across the one that points out every hidden ghost in this series. Though the show has its thrilling moments, this YouTube video might be scarier than all nine episodes.

If you’re looking for something to match the eerie mood this Halloween, “The Haunting of Bly Manor” would be a great watch for you. With its horror-esque drama and chilling cinematography, this series is an entertaining must-watch.

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