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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.

Eike Schroter/Netflix

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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