The Haunting of Bly Manor, the spiritual successor season to the hit 2018 Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House, has finally started to stir, making proverbial noises in the night with the reveal of a fall release window. Moreover, Netflix has released the very first images from the anthology iteration.
After nearly a year since the last real update, which left viewers wondering if the show had become another pandemic-pushed production, Netflix revealed that The Haunting of Bly Manor will premiere on the streaming platform this fall on a date to be revealed. In keeping with its ghostly motif, the season will manifest as an adaptation of Henry James’s 1898 gothic horror novella, The Turn of the Screw, a tale set in a creepy English manor, focused on the ordeal of a governess hired to care for two young children seemingly possessed by ghosts. Check out the official images just below.
While it stops short of setting a solid date, the streaming giant’s images from the new anthology chapter serve as a substantial preview, showcasing Hill House alumni, notably Victoria Pedretti, who, having served as a supporting player in the previous season as the tortured Nell Crain, takes the lead role here as the governess in question, named Dani Clayton (see the title image). The series also features returnees Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Catherine Parker, along with franchise newcomers like T’Nia Miller, Amelia Eve and Rahul Kohli, along with child actors (playing the possessed children), Benjamin Ainsworth and Amelie Smith.
Mike Flanagan, creator of the anthology series and frequent conjuror of ghostly thrillers, returns with Bly Manor on a wave of momentum from the success of Hill House and his turn as writer and director of this past November’s Stephen King sequel adaptation film, Doctor Sleep, along with touted plans for another Netflix horror series, titled Midnight Mass. Interestingly, Bly Major heralded its start over a year ago with the reveal of its cast, which notably consists of several Hill House alumni, driving home the idea of Haunting being a platform for repertory anthology players.
Of course, with Bly Manor serving as a completely new story with an all-new lineup of characters (even if played by familiar faces), one should not expect the series to revisit Hill House’s ordeal of the Crain family, which was essentially wrapped up in a neat enough bow to leave untouched. Indeed, this season’s take on Turn of the Screw will be busy enough attempting to live up to the source material’s century-plus-long legacy, which inspired myriad adaptations on stage and screen, perhaps most famously with 1961 film The Innocents. Yet, the series also follows in the recent footsteps of this past January’s The Turning, a film adaptation of the story in question from director Floria Sigismondi, starring Mackenzie Davis as the governess character, with one of the possessed children played by Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard. However, there should be plenty of Turn of the Screw adaptation oxygen left in the pop culture atmosphere, seeing as that film ended up as a box office flop, having grossed $18.6 million worldwide.
We will keep you updated regarding the exact fall date on which The Haunting of Bly Manor drops on Netflix. In the meantime, bask in the dreadfulness that is the show’s official poster just below.