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Why You Need To Binge-Watch Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ This Halloween

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at CU Boulder chapter.

Are you tired of scrolling through Netflix looking for a new show to get you into the Halloween spirit? Here are a few reasons why I recommend you check out the recent mini-series “The Haunting of Bly Manor” directed by Mike Flanagan.

You’re Not a Huge Fan of Horror.

While there are a few spooky moments in “The Haunting of Bly Manor”, it is by no means your average horror series. At its core, “The Haunting of Bly Manor” is a collection of tragic love stories. This can be good or bad depending on the viewer. For those who aren’t big fans of the horror genre, (and especially for people who are squeamish when it comes to gore) this show might be the one for you! However, if you are an avid horror fan (like me!) just keep in mind when going into this series that you might find there to be a lack of scares (although there are still a few moments that might satisfy your horror cravings!).

You Don’t Want a Huge Commitment.

With only eight episodes and an approximate run-time of 500 minutes, “The Haunting of Bly Manor” is a fairly short series. With October 31 right around the corner, you can easily binge the entire show before (or even on) Halloween!

You’re a Fan of Mike Flanagan’s Other Projects.

Even if you are not familiar with the name Mike Flanagan, you might be familiar with his other popular Netflix horror series, “The Haunting of Hill House.” While the two shows are very different (and you definitely shouldn’t go into “The Haunting of Bly Manor” with the same expectations as “The Haunting of Hill House”), they do possess a somewhat similar tone and filming style–and even feature a few of the same actors!

You Love Stellar Acting Performances.

While I will admit that there are a few moments in “The Haunting of Bly Manor” when the acting feels a little forced, this series still features some amazing performances–including some of the best child acting (courtesy of actor Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) that I have seen in a long time! Also delivering some of the most jaw-dropping performances (in my opinion) include actors Oliver Jackson-Cohen and T’Nia Miller. Previously known for his noteworthy portrayal of the quiet and withdrawn Luke Crain in “The Haunting of Hill House”, Oliver Jackson-Cohen proves in “The Haunting of Bly Manor” that he can expertly embody a more sinister character with his role as Peter Quint. T’Nia Miller also delivers a memorable performance as her character, Hannah Grose. Her subtle changes in facial expressions at certain moments help create an even more chilling tone for the series.

You Appreciate a Good Soundtrack.

Composed by The Newton Brothers, the soundtrack of “The Haunting of Bly Manor” is beautifully haunting. Featuring mostly string instruments and piano solos, the score for this series drives home the characters’ feelings of love, nostalgia, and tragedy–creating an even more immersive viewing experience.

If you are at a loss for what to watch this Halloween season, I couldn’t recommend “The Haunting of Bly Manor” enough. Whether you’re an avid horror fan or someone new to the horror genre, everyone can find some enjoyment in watching this series!

Mackenzie is an article contributor for Her Campus at the University of Colorado Boulder. She enjoys writing about a variety of topics with a focus on Beauty, Fashion and Sex + Relationships. During the Spring 2023 semester, Mackenzie had the opportunity to further her public relations studies at the University of Westminster in London. Beyond Her Campus, she has experience writing for other publications including ROAM Boulder, CU Boulder's first life and style publication, and The ISA Journal, a blog dedicated to documenting students' experiences abroad. Additionally, Mackenzie has worked as a Seasonal Associate at Victoria's Secret, where she helped facilitate product releases within the fashion industry --- including the Victoria's Secret Icon Collection. In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys thrifting online, listening to her favorite Spotify playlists (each playlist has to have at least one Selena Gomez song, it's a rule!), and curating new content for her Instagram @mackenziehornik.
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