The Haunting of Bly Manor: Whose Wedding Is It?

THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (L to R) VICTORIA PEDRETTI as DANI and AMELIE SMITH as FLORA in THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX  2020

The Haunting of Bly Manor opens with a mysterious English narrator telling guests a spooky story after a rehearsal dinner in Northern California. Instead of the Christmas party in Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, the narrator is at a wedding. But whose wedding is it? From the idle conversation, we learn in the first episode that the groom’s name is Jack, but we don’t know much about the bride or the bride’s family.

In the very last episode, we get two bittersweet reveals: the narrator turns out to be none other than Jamie the gardener. The other reveal is that the bride is Flora, the cursed little girl at Bly Manor.

The final episode follows everyone’s lives after Bly. Owen stays in Europe and opens his own restaurant. Jamie and Dani head to the States, where they form a new life together. Henry brings the children to

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‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ DP on ‘Haunting of Hill House’ as Roadmap

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” streaming now on Netflix.

It isn’t just the beginning of a title that “The Haunting of Bly Manor” shares with “The Haunting of Hill House.”

The horror anthology from Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy had to carry a tonal through-line between seasons, despite each one featuring different characters, locations and time periods — not to mention the new season also blending genres a bit to include a deep love story. While much of this tone was captured in the scripts and through the performances, it was also imperative for both seasons to share style an camera language, says cinematographer James Kniest.

“If there was ever a mandate, it was ‘refer back to “Haunting of Hill House”‘ — that was the roadmap that had been established,” Kniest tells Variety. “That was the discussion point

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Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ Is Less Scary, More Satisfying : NPR

What’s creepier: The kid (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) or the high-waisted jeans on the au pair (Victoria Pedretti)? The Haunting of Bly Manor makes a case for both.

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What’s creepier: The kid (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) or the high-waisted jeans on the au pair (Victoria Pedretti)? The Haunting of Bly Manor makes a case for both.

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Netflix’s 2018 series The Haunting of Hill House was a gorgeous ghostly journey that arrived at a too-tidy destination. Based loosely on the Shirley Jackson novel, it chronicled the way violence leaves a hole in the world, and how trauma lingers, shaping memories and sundering families.

It uh … it was a lot more fun than that sounds, though.

Filled with strong performances and unsettling images both overt (every episode came factory-installed with a jump scare) and subtle (showrunner Mike Flanagan packed the shadows in many

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