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The haunting of bly manor
We would have to argue for hours
about the concept of fear and scary television and film products.
Probably up to twenty-five in a discussion like that, I would have said
those films about ghosts, about exorcisms and who knows what else are
scary. Then we get older and fears change, we become more rational but
more scared for the future. Well, for this last concept "The haunting
of bly manor" has the strength to put us in front of one of our biggest
fears (I will not say which is of course) and therefore, I can say,
that it scared me.
“The Haunting of bly manor” follows “The haunting of
hill house”, the second year of the anthological series conceived
by Mike Flanagan and produced by Netflix.
After the excellent results of the first season, Flanagan re-proposes
the same basic problem: trauma. To be precise, family traumas.
Inspired, again, from a short story, "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry
James, already adapted for cinema, which he transforms to his liking.
Before seeing it I quickly read a couple of reviews, which crowned this
work as the best of its predecessor, but the first three episodes
disappointed me. Quite a lot. Flanagan shows a long list of horror
clichés, with the title's lost house and a series of disturbed
and traumatized characters.
From the fourth episode, however, which I have seen twice to try to
understand some more details, "The haunting of bly manor", overwhelms
the viewer with a dense network of situations, flashbacks and twists,
which from there to then they never abandon us.
Yes, flash backs and twists were not lacking even in "Haunting of hill
house", but here Flanagan does things bigger, goes back in time and
above all goes around in time, putting the viewer's attention at risk
and as said, frightening him for what he shows and says. There are
moments, as mentioned, of classic horror, between ghosts and presences
that appear suddenly, dolls that move and other strange things, among
other things including excellent special effects, a maniacal direction
and perfect acting. Everything is pressed, sewn and then destroyed and
again, reassembled in a valuable writing, which leaves nothing to
chance and which leaves the characters at the mercy of their own ghosts.
Lord Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) is the last living relative of
little Miles (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) and Flora (Amelie Smith), who
lost their parents in an accident. Wingrave, already with his ghosts,
hires the educator Dani Clayton (Victoria Pedretti) who has to look
after the two children at Bly Manor, a large estate lost in the English
countryside. With her the housekeeper Hanna Grose (T’Nia Miller),
the cook Owen (Rahul Kohli) and Jamie (Amelia Eve) the gardener.
Children are lively, intelligent, but at the same time extremely
disturbing, prey to past and present traumas that do not only concern
the death of their parents. Also Dani has her ghosts coming back from
the past. Getting out of what is a vicious circle is not easy at all.
The story of Bly Manor is told in flashback by Carla Cugino, a
middle-aged lady who "entertains" guests with this story at a
reception. One of these tells her roughly "You made only one mistake,
presented this story as a ghost story, but actually it is a love
story". Yes, "Haunting of bly Manor" is also a love story and, believe
me, we will remember it.