How The Haunting of Hill House is scarier than Bly Manor
The Haunting of Bly Manor haunts and packs a lot of emotion, but fans feel that Hill House was overall more a more impactful season, and I have to agree. Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched both seasons.
Both Bly Manor and Hill House offer audiences a lot of heart. At the center of the scares, there’s an emotional story and slowly unfold throughout the season. Personally, I enjoyed Hill House significantly more.
This isn’t to say Bly Manor wasn’t perfectly splendid, Hill House simply has a more gripping story and brilliant characters. I still get sad thinking about Eleanor’s (Victoria Pedretti) fate in Hill House. Another thing to love more about the original season, are the scares!
Let’s be clear that jump scares and violence are not what The Haunting series depends on installing fear in audiences. Instead, the scares are personal and psychological. The scares truly haunt audiences as we think about them long after watching.
Below, we shared five ways The Haunting of Hill House is scarier than The Haunting of Bly Manor.
1. The Bent-Neck Lady
Guys, the Bent-Neck Lady. Need I say more? This was the biggest scare and revelation of the season, and so sad, too! To this day, I’m not sure what’s more terrifying, the image that still lives in my head of the Bent-Neck Lady or the story behind her.
2. Hill House has more ghosts
Not only are there more ghosts in Hill House for audiences to find, but there are more spirits haunting the original home than at Bly Manor. As you already know, Hill House is evil and takes over innocent souls who then kill others. It’s a neverending cycle.
At Bly Manor, only those who the Lady in the Lake captures or unfortunate souls who happen to die on the property, stay there. This brings us to our next point…
3. Lady in the Lake vs. everything else
While I wouldn’t spend a single night in either house, I’d rather take my chances at Bly Manor. Think about it, all you have to do is stay away from the Lady in the Lake. Be vigilant if she comes in and hide! It’s not like she comes in every day, anyway.
At Hill House, however, you are pretty much doomed as soon as you step foot in the house. Consider yourself extremely lucky if you survive.
4. The Floating Man
A close second to the thing that haunted me most after the Bent-Neck Lady, is the man with the top hat aka the Floating Man. Chills down my spine when I think about it, every time. The spirit haunts and purposely scares Luke (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) for the rest of his days after Luke found his hat as a child.
5. The fate of the characters
The few ghosts that haunt Bly Manor are not out to get everyone. Not every character was in danger this season. After poor Hannah, it’s only Dani who suffered an unfair tragedy and she sacrificed her life in the end.
At Hill House, however, there are just too many deaths and sad fates. I’m still not over Nell’s death and all her suffering throughout her short life. Olivia Crain left her children too soon and her soul never rested. There’s also innocent Abigail Dudley, who is poisoned by Olivia. Hugh Crain sacrificed his life to save his remaining children. No character was safe and viewers never knew what to expect.
The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor are both streaming on Netflix.