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The Haunting Of Bly Manor: 5 Ups & 4 Downs Review

A taught meditation on grief that ultimately forgets its promise - where's the haunting?

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Netflix's The Haunting Of Bly Manor is a follow-up to 2018s superb The Haunting of Hill House, based on the Shirley Jackson book of the same name. Creator Mike Flanagan returns to his familiar play pen of spooky, gothic mansions and characters that have as many problems as the ghosts that populate their lives.This time, Flanagan has turned to Henry James' The Turn Of The Screw for his latest adaptation and so the proceedings move from the States to England.

American au pair Dani Clayton (Victoria Pedretti) takes a job at Bly Manor, entrusted with the care of recently orphaned Flora and Miles. Lord Henry Wingrave, the children's uncle, leaves specific instructions - the children are to be cared for by her alone and under no circumstances must she concern him with the details. The resident staff, the cook, gardener and Mrs. Grose the housekeeper appear to be hiding secrets and Dani must face the terrifying legacy of Bly and all those who become trapped within...

A slick and suitably gothic atmosphere are present yet Bly Manor is burdened with problems - here are five ups and four downs in the review of The Haunting Of Bly Manor. Firstly, some positive ups...

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