The first teaser for Netflix’s “The Haunting of Bly Manor” kicks off with a traditional horror film trope: a toddler singing a creepy lullaby. From there, it wanders into all locations darkish and scary — from an ominous effectively to a dwelling doll to a sodden girl rising from a lake. October ninth can not come quickly sufficient.
“Bly Manor” is Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy’s second season of “The Haunting” franchise, following 2018’s terrifying “The Haunting of Hill House,” based mostly on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 horror traditional. The second season finds its supply materials in Henry James’ 1898 novella “The Turn of the Screw,” which sees a nanny slowly unraveling in a distant manor that will or might not be haunted.
The new season is ready within the Eighties, and options actress Victoria Pedretti within the function of the nanny; Pedretti starred in season one as Nell, a contemporary spin on Eleanor, the lonely protagonist of Jackson’s novel. She additionally just lately appeared within the stalker-thriller collection “You,” starring Penn Badgley.
The nanny’s prices Flora and Miles are performed by Amelie Bea Smith and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth; different Bly Manor employees embrace the property’s chef Owen (Rahul Kohli, of “iZombie” fame), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve) and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller). Miles and Flora’s uncle Henry Wingrave is performed by Henry Thomas, who starred as Elliott in “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”
The show additionally options author Rebecca Klingel, who wrote for the primary season and whose horror podcast “Borrasca” — starring “Riverdale”‘s Cole Sprouse — premiered this previous spring.