We have the first trailer for The Haunting of Bly Manor, which is set to arrive this October on Netflix. The show comes from The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy. It serves as the next chapter in what is now The Haunting anthology series. In this case, Flanagan is tackling an adaptation of The Turn of the Screw, the iconic novella by Henry James. As we can see, it very much feels like the new season is cut from the same cloth as its predecessor but this is a very different story. In what is described as a "chilling gothic romance," dead doesn't mean gone.
The trailer kicks off with a look at the manor in question before we quickly get into the ghostly business at hand. We get a look at a creepy, doll-filled basement that can only be described as nightmarish. We are then shown a lot of creepy images, presented with very little context. A woman emerging from the bottom of a lake. A ghostly figure walking down a set of stairs. A woman screaming in a closet. It is full-blown horror through and through, with a particularly unsettling bit to round out the teaser. It looks like lovers of the genre are in for another season of spooky delights.
Mike Flanagan, who is coming off of Doctor Sleep, is once again heavily involved in the series. Flanagan directed every episode of Hill House. The cast for season 2 includes Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, Catherine Parker, T'Nia Miller, Rahul Kohli, Amelia Eve, Benjamin Ainsworth and Amelie Smith star. The series is executive produced by Flanagan and Macy for Intrepid Pictures, along with Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey for Amblin Television.
The Haunting of Bly Manor is set in 1980s England. After an au pair's tragic death, Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) hires a young American nanny (Victoria Pedretti) to watch over his orphaned niece and nephew (Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth). They live at Bly Manor along with the chef of the estate, Owen (Rahul Kohli), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve) and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T'Nia Miller). All is not as it appears at the manor and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed.
Netflix is looking to stay in the Mike Flanagan business. The filmmaker previously directed Hush and Gerald's Game for them and they have already set forth on their next collaboration. Flanagan previously began production on a new series, Midnight Mass. As for the future of The Haunting, it is not clear if a third season, adapting yet another classic tale from the genre, is in the cards. That will most likely depend on how well season 2 does. Though with the release timed right around Halloween, this seems poised to be a big hit. The Haunting of Bly Manor debuts October 9 via the Netflix streaming service. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself.