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Why Netflix’s The Haunting Of Bly Manor Failed To Create The Magic And Is Terrifyingly Underwhelming

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Why Netflix’s ” The Haunting Of Bly Manor” Failed To Create Magic?

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The debut of The Haunting of Bly Manor is the long-awaited follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House. The scared the pants off subscribers back in 2018, Netflix got off to a scary start this year in October. While Bly Manor does not count as Hill House’s second season, they act as two chapters in an anthology series that could potentially keep going as long as ghost stories are around. That said, for a significant reason, Haunting fans may not wish to expect a new season anytime soon.

The Turn of the Screw is, at its best, despicable. “Critics have named” depraved “and” hopelessly evil “the landmark piece of horror fiction by Henry James. So inevitably, it has spawned countless iterations: operas, ballets, plays, TV shows, movies, and even a Star Trek: Voyager episode. It was just a matter of time, then, as the follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House 2018 anthology season. Before Netflix sunk its teeth into James’s ample cash-cow. While being deprived and hopelessly cruel, it is not.

Thin Storyline And Flat Characters

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The Haunting of Bly Manor plays with its source material quickly and loosely. Creator Mike Flanagan borrows elements from the original James-spooky home, ominous children. Brokenhearted ghosts-and bakes them with a lick of sci-fiction. Some doomed romance into a new plot but its intricate action and such efforts to keep up with contemporary storytelling on television mean that genuine scares are always missing.

What is most disappointing, however, is that Bly Manor has struggled to reap the original’s glossiest, juiciest one in all its cherry-picking of the original novella: uncertainty. Most of the fear that emerges when reading The Turn of the Screw comes from its faulty narration: are there evil spirits stalking the home of this nation or are they an unravelling mind’s fictional products?

The question of the sanity of the governess looms over the book like a spectre, one that James failed to overcome. The fact that no one other than the narrator witnesses a ghost. In the book traps both her and the reader in a well of awful loneliness that constitutes at least half of the intrigue of the novel. But in the version of Flanagan, there is no real obscurity: Dani is sane; the inhabitants of the manor, and most importantly the audience, rally behind her.

The character of the finale reveals that it does not strike at all. The narration of Gugino weighs down the whole season and always garners sympathy for the party guests. They have surely dozed off listening to her tell her tale of her life. Somewhere between the approaches of Henry James and Mike Flanagan, there was a middle ground here. It will remain another gentle mystery of the house until someone returns to this text in the future.

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