When Mike Flanagan unleashed The Haunting of Hill House we were not ready for that level of terror wrapped up in an engrossing family drama that really hit home for a lot of people. So naturally a second season was demanded. However it was determined that season 2 would center around a different story and house, with actors from the previous season taking on new roles.
After the first few episodes it’s real easy to write Bly Manor off as a sophomore slump. The scares are not there, the story moves along at a snails pace but like Hill House, it’s the amazing actors and the fascinating characters that they portray that keep you coming back.
The season could have done without the numerous drawn out monologues and flashbacks, but just when you are feeling like giving up on the season, episode 5 starts to ramp things up. Then by the third to the last episode you are completely hooked so hard that the finally episode just shatters you emotionally. It’s as if the season was paced like an relationship. It has its highs, it’s lows. But in the end you feel better having watched it play out.
Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, Carla Gugino, and Catherine Parker return as part of the cast for the second series, portraying different characters. Pedretti is quickly becoming one of my favorite new actresses. She really knows how to play a strong willed yet troubled person. The two children actors, Amelie Bea Smith (Flora) and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (Miles) are both perfectly creepy and splendid (pun intended).
In conclusion, is Bly Manor better than Hill House? No. But it doesn’t have to be. This after all is not a ghost story, it’s a love story. And by the end it all makes perfect sense.
The HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience declares Bly Manor as mild recommend for you Halloween viewing pleasure. Nibble Nibble…