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The First Teaser Trailer for Netflix's 'The Haunting of Bly Manor' Is Filled with Creepy Dolls

The follow-up to 2018's 'The Haunting of Hill House' will hit the streaming platform this October.
By Sarah Ward
September 06, 2020
By Sarah Ward
September 06, 2020

Some films about playthings are adorable and heartwarming, as Pixar so convincingly proved with its Toy Story franchise. Others are unsettling and nightmarish, a fact both the Child's Play and Annabelle movies have tried to capitalise upon — and now Netflix's The Haunting of Bly Manor is following in their footsteps.

Dolls and plenty of them feature in the show's first teaser trailer, which introduces the streaming platform's follow-up to its 2018 hit The Haunting of Hill House. Obviously, an eerie abode also plays a very prominent part as well, because that's this anthology saga's gambit — but every horror fan knows that an unnerving home and terrifying toys make quite the combination.

Once again created and co-directed by filmmaker Mike Flanagan (Doctor Sleep), The Haunting of Bly Manor adapts Henry James' 1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw, which means that it heads into gothic chiller and even romance territory. As set in 1980s England, the show's narrative kicks off when Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas, Stargirl) hires an American nanny (Victoria Pedretti, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) to look after his orphaned niece Flora (Amelie Bea Smith) and nephew Miles (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth). Her employment follows the death of an au pair, and her arrival at Bly Manor exposes the estate's centuries of secrets.

As The Haunting of Hill House fans will have spotted, both Thomas and Pedretti return from that series, as do The Invisible Man's Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Gerald's Game's Kate Siegel — all playing different characters this time around.

And, if you'd been wondering what you'll be watching to celebrate the spookiest month of the year — October, obviously — The Haunting of Bly Manor has you covered, as it'll drop on Friday, October 9.

Check out the teaser below:

The Haunting of Bly Manor will hit Netflix on Friday, October 9.

Top image: Eike Schroter/Netflix.

Published on September 06, 2020 by Sarah Ward


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