Is The Haunting of Bly Manor better than Hill House?

THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (L to R) VICTORIA PEDRETTI as DANI in THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020
THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (L to R) VICTORIA PEDRETTI as DANI in THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020 /
facebooktwitterreddit

The highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2018 Netflix Halloween hit The Haunting of Hill House is finally here! The Haunting of Bly Manor is now part of The Haunting series created by Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus).

No doubt fans have been super excited to tune into the next installment, but if you’re wondering before you hit play whether or not The Haunting of Bly Manor lives up to Hill House, you’ve come to the right place.

This is a spoiler-free review!

The Haunting of Bly Manor cast

Before we get into the quality of the new show, let’s talk the cast. Fans have also been curious to know if actors would be returning from Hill House for Bly Manor or not. In short, yes, many of the same cast members are in both shows.

For instance, Bly Manor stars Victoria Pedretti as protagonist Dani Clayton, who played Nell Crain in Hill House. Additional returning cast members include Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, and Carla Gugino.

Mike Flanagan has worked with actresses Kate Siegel and Carla Gugino on previous films as well, proving that he enjoys working with the same cast. Who could blame him?

What’s better: The Haunting of Bly Manor or The Haunting of Hill House?

Though it’s awesome to see some of the talented actors return for Bly Manor, I’ll be completely straightforward here: The Haunting of Hill House is better than The Haunting of Bly Manor. Disappointing, I know!

While both installments have the same creepy yet heartfelt tone throughout the series, Hill House is far more interesting and complex. Both shows include relatable and lovable characters who you become attached to, but Hill House just includes more of them, and in more compromising positions.

Given The Haunting of Hill House deals with a big family all going through the same situation yet from very different perspectives, there’s seemingly more at stake. The show does a better job of presenting the characters’ pasts and thoroughly developing them.

As for The Haunting of Bly Manor, Victoria Pedretti does a great job portraying a protagonist you can’t help but root for, and she definitely carries the cast along with Oliver Jackson-Cohen’s charming yet threatening performance as Peter. I will also add that child actress Amelie Bea Smith is impressive as well (and adorable!).

Surprisingly, Bly Manor is far more romantic than Hill House, and includes multiple sweet storylines. Beyond that, however, the story is rather dry at times, and though it’s not necessary for a horror story to be scary to be good, Bly Manor seemingly doesn’t even try in the horror department. It is not scary in the slightest.

I will be honest in admitting that I have not read The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson nor The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, so perhaps I just prefer the story Hill House is based on more. Both shows are good, but all in all, Hill House is far more compelling and is sure to give you more of a fright, while Bly Manor is more on the cute side.

dark. Next. The Haunting of Bly Manor age rating: Is it okay for kids?