It’s been a long time coming but The Haunting of Bly Manor finally dropped on Friday, serving us that spooky pre-weekend binge-watching.
Eagle-eyed fans have discovered some rather creepy secret ghosts. But now the show’s creator has revealed we’ve been looking in all the wrong places…
On Friday, the time finally came…
The Haunting of Bly Manor officially dropped on Netflix.
So of course, horror fanatics couldn’t wait to get their teeth into the episodes.
And it’s left everyone feeling extremely haunted.
But now, more secrets have been revealed…
It all started with The Haunting of Hill House.
The spine-chilling series immediately gained a ton of attention, and it’s not hard to see why.
The Shirley Jackson story gained attention thanks to its incredibly atmospheric gothic themes – plus the fact that it was written by a woman in the fifties.
The Crains (which consists of 2 parents, 3 daughters, and 2 sons) move into the older house in the hopes of building their forever home there. But things don’t go according to plan.
In fact, after the series was released, many eagle-eyed internet fans had a field day going through the show shot by shot in order to identify all of the terrifying ghosts.
The reason The Haunting of Hill House was so good was the fact that it didn’t just explore supernatural horrors, but also the very real horrors of being a human being.
These included mental illness, childhood trauma, addiction, grief, and much, much more. When you combine these elements with actual ghosts, you’ve got a formula for horror gold.
But it was also mega scary.
The way that the show dealt with tragedy and trauma, while still retaining excellent jump scares and haunting special effects made it an instant classic.
While there’s a ton of excellent horror on Netflix, The Haunting of Hill House was something a little different, and viewers were very sad to see it go.
The ending scenes of The Haunting of Hill House were pretty perfect. On top of that, the fact that the source text ended after just one book meant that it seemed unlikely that there would be a follow-up series.
The directors of the show received praise both from audiences and critics alike – and thus, Netflix announced they would be making a second season of the show earlier this year.
The second stint, aka The Haunting of Bly Manor, based on a classic from the horror canon.
The Turn of the Screw is an 1898 novella which many credit with being a pioneer in the haunted house genre.
Henry James, born in 1843, is one of the most important literary figures from the turn of the 20th century. His most famous work is 1881’s The Portrait of a Lady.
And his 1898 novella, The Turn of the Screw, published across two editions of the newspaper, cemented his role as one of the godfathers of horror.
Alongside numerous stage adaptations, The Turn of the Screw was also the inspiration text behind the 1961 horror movie classic, The Innocents.
Director of The Haunting of Hill House, Mike Flanagan, has said, “I already think it’s much scarier than season one, so I’m very excited about it.”
The expansive nature of a multiple-part series means that there was a ton of room for exploration. “We’re looking at all the ghost stories of Henry James as the jumping-off point for the season, so it very much is a whole new deal,” Flanagan went on.
“But within the framework of a new story, without having to be restrained by the decisions we made last time.”
Rather than following a plot of one set story, Flanagan has much more freedom in terms of where his plot goes – and which themes he wants to explore.
“That’s part of the DNA of ‘The Haunting’ for me – that old-school approach to the ghosts. In particular, we’re having an enormous amount of fun talking about how to take some of the ideas from season one about hidden ghosts and things like that, and find new gears for them this time. It’ll be the same type of story, and we’ll treat the ghosts very much the same way.”
“For Henry James fans, it’s going to be pretty wild, and for people who aren’t familiar with his work, it’s going to be unbelievably scary.”
He’s also working on another Netflix horror series called Midnight Mass, which deals with paranormal occurrences in the sphere of religion and spirituality.
As well as Kate Siegel.
And viewers seem to have been left suitably spooked.
Many eagle-eyed fans have spent some time spotting the ghosts hidden within the show’s scenes …
Dani’s ex-fiancé in London, in episode 1 at 6:16.
The plague doctor is spotted behind Dani in episode 1 at 29:40.
He’s again spotted behind Dani down by the lake in episode 1 at 34:16.
And at the end of episode 1, the plague doctor is again spotted at the end of the hallway…
At the start of episode 2, the boy with no face can be seen in the hallway.
Around the thirty-minute mark, another figure is spotted at the end of the hallway.
Again in episode 2, Rebecca can be spotted in a doorway.
8 minutes into episode 3, this figure can be spotted behind a door.
The soldier can be spotted in the kitchen later in the episode.
In episode 4, the plague doctor’s mask is seen again in the background.
In episode 5, this figure is seen at the entrance to the chapel.
Again in episode 5, this little boy is lurking in the kitchen.
And finally, in episode 5, the young boy is spotted playing with dolls.
Creator Mike Flanagan revealed that the dollhouse is the ghost “tracking system.”
“In unhealthy relationships, we have a tendency to take people and turn them into these doll versions of themselves in our imaginations, something we can manipulate, collect, even trap, in Peter Quint’s case.”
“We’d say in the room, which characters are truly capable of loving each other and which characters are only playing with dolls?”
Here’s the trailer.
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