Why You Should Watch Netflix’s “The Haunting”

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The Women of Bly Manor. Photo by Intrepid Pictures Amblin

Tina Enright, Staff Writer

The spooky horror drama The Haunting of Bly Manor has been out on Netflix since October 9th, and I am incredibly excited to tell all of you why you should make the time to watch it. This is a follow up season to the successful series The Haunting of Hill House, which was released in 2018. If you type The Haunting of Bly Manor into your search bar, you may not be particularly intrigued by Googles description: “A young governess arrives at Bly Manor and begins to see apparitions haunting the estate.” I am here to do the show a bit of justice and tell you that that description does not even begin to describe how complex and engaging the show is.

Although the two shows feature different sets of characters and tell completely different stories, it’s hard to say which one is better. They’re both masterpieces for several reasons, but here I am going to highlight just a few.

I’m not crying, you’re crying.
Photo by “The Haunting” Official Instagram

The Story:

One of the simplest, most convincing reasons everyone should watch this Netflix series is because of the storyline. Why do people watch television in the first place? For the stories. People like shows they can relate to and that distract them from their daily lives. Both The Haunting of Bly Manor and Hill House have incredible storylines that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. They will also make you experience a wide range of emotions. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get scared, and you’ll fall in love. Personally, I quite literally FELL IN LOVE with some of the characters in these shows (*cough cough* Kate Siegel and Amelia Eve), and I imagine if you watch it you’ll do the same.

Diverse Representation

Another important reason you should watch these shows is because of their diverse casts and characters. Focusing on The Haunting of Bly Manor specifically, there are African-American and Indian leads. It’s important to include actors of different ethnicities in order to better represent the people in society.

The Soundtrack

It’s amazing. Brilliant. Never been done before. There’s not much else to say about it- both tracks are simply beautiful and fit the story perfectly. All songs were written and recorded by The Newton Brothers. If you’d like a quick preview, check them out on Spotify.

A picture from “The Haunting of Bly Manor” featuring Amelia Eve and T’Nia Miller (Jamie and Hannah Grosse).
Photo by Intrepid Pictures Amblin

The Acting

The acting in these two shows blows my mind. There is no way to explain in words how or why it’s so good, it just is. You’ll have to watch to experience it for yourself, but for now here’s a special shout out to Kate Siegel (Theodora), Victoria Pedretti (Dani/Nell), Amelia Eve (Jamie), Oliver Jackson (Luke/Peter Quinn), and T’Nia Miller (Hannah Grosse). Sorry that was a bit excessive, but they all did a phenomenal job. See for yourself, folks. Netflix is waiting for you. (If you have it, of course. If not, well, you could try asking a friend if you’re comfortable).

The Writing

Saving the most beautiful part (in my opinion) for last: the WRITING. I literally could not stop thinking about how incredible the scripts for these shows was after I watched them. They’re extremely complex and beautifully put together. If I didn’t have the shows to watch, I would probably end up reading the scripts. That’s how beautiful they are.

Basically, it’s hard to find reasons not to watch these shows. If I haven’t convinced you yet, come find me and I’ll rave your ear off about them some more. Halloween is this week, so there isn’t really a better time to watch than now.