After much anticipation, the first teaser for The Haunting of Bly Manor is finally here.
Last year, rumors emerged that Netflix and The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan were turning the series into an anthology. Then, in June 2019, it was confirmed that another season of the haunting series is happening and Victoria Pedretti is returning for it.
Due to coronavirus, many fans were expecting Bly Manor‘s release to be delayed along with various other films and shows. However, in April, Flanagan revealed that filming for the season wrapped before the pandemic hit.
Then, last week, Netflix finally unveiled the poster for Bly Manor along with the anticipated release sometime this fall.
The Haunting of Bly Manor arrives this fall. Until then… look beneath the surface. pic.twitter.com/e5rICOlt5F
— The Haunting of Bly Manor (@haunting) August 24, 2020
Then, on Aug. 26, Bly Manor and Netflix began teasing something. Last Wednesday, a cryptic tweet about a vacant live-in nanny position was shared along with a phone number.
Help wanted. ☎️ pic.twitter.com/tJzkwLGPf5
— The Haunting of Bly Manor (@haunting) August 26, 2020
When fans call the number, a creepy recording of a child welcomes listeners to Bly Manor and hints at what’s in store.
“Hi, you’ve reached the Wingrave family at Bly Manor,” the voicemail says. “We’re not here right now. If you’re calling about the open nanny position, interviews will be conducted by our Uncle Henry in five days. We can’t wait to meet you.”
— rafa | 📖: The Haunting of Hill House (@Rafa_Raccoon) August 26, 2020
The “five days” reference in the recorded message hinted that the Haunting of Bly Manor trailer is arriving on Aug. 31. And, as teased, the first look teaser trailer for the upcoming season was released on Monday.
The quick video gives viewers a look into Bly Manor, a place where secrets lie hidden within its walls. Along with Pedretti and Jackson-Cohen, Bly Manor fans get a glimpse of Henry Thomas‘ character. Thomas, who played the father in Hill House, plays Henry Wingrave, the wealthy uncle of the two orphaned children in Bly Manor.
In the teaser, Netflix also reveals that Bly Manor is officially premiering on Oct. 9, just in time for Halloween.
The Haunting Of Bly Manor teaser trailer is available to watch below.
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Bly Manor is based on the 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. The story is about a young woman who moves to the English countryside to care for two orphaned children. While here, she encounters evidence of a grim history and entities she doesn’t know how to explain.
As Flanagan shares, Bly Manor has a different tone than Hill House. While Hill House was about a family living through trauma, Bly Manor is all about broken hearts and star-crossed romance.
“It certainly provides a new way to tell a love story, and there are three of them really that beat at the heart of this season,” Flanagan says. “They all have a very dark edge to them. And by the end, it’s really hard to differentiate tragedy with romance. That sense of romantic longing for someone who meant so much to us—but who’s gone—really is the heart of any ghost story.”
Pedretti, who played Nellie Crain in Hill House, plays American tutor Dani Clayton in the new season. The character hopes to escape her own painful past by taking a job at a mansion looking after the Wingrave children. Miles Wingrave, age 11, is played by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth while 9-year-old Flora Wingrave is played by Amelie Bea Smith.
Siegel, who played Theo in Hill House, appears in Bly Manor in a role that is still a secret. Meanwhile, Jackson-Cohen is playing a very different character than drug-addicted Luke Crain. For Bly Manor, he plays the ominous character Peter Quint, a business associate of the uncle’s who tends to take whatever he pleases from Bly Manor.
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