In 2018, horror maestro Mike Flanagan obliterated all of our brains and guts with The Haunting of Hill House, a Netflix limited series based on Shirley Jackson‘s novel of the same name. The show was terrifying, emotional, and completely wrapped up the saga of the Crain family. So how do you do a Season 2? By going the anthology route, of course. The Haunting of Bly Manor, a new season of familial horrors from Flanagan, based on Henry James‘ The Turn of the Screw, is coming to Netflix. And we’ve got the first spooky-as-heck trailer. And it’s set to… Mötley Crüe?
That’s right, friends. A dramatic, slow-motion cover of that ’80s hair metal band’s “Home Sweet Home” provides an ironically major key underscore for the ghostly horrors facing this poor Wingrave family, and especially Amelie Bea Smith and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as children facing all kinds of traumas in the new environment of Bly Manor. While we see familiar faces like Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Kate Siegel pop up, the majority of the trailer zeroes in on this new family, this new gothic mansion, and yes, some new ghosties to hide in the margins and terrify us. I’d call this trailer’s tone a lot lighter than the oft-bleakness of Hill House, but knowing Flanagan, there’s plenty of horrors in store once we get the full season. Which, I assume, will feature the rest of Mötley Crüe’s 1985 album Theatre of Pain as its score.
The Haunting of Bly Manor haunts all our Netflix accounts on October 9. Check out the official trailer and synopsis below. For more on the show, here’s Jackson-Cohen’s exciting tease.
From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy comes The Haunting of Bly Manor, the next highly anticipated chapter of The Haunting anthology series, set in 1980s England. After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) hires a young American nanny (Victoria Pedretti) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew (Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen (Rahul Kohli), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve) and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller). But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed in this chilling gothic romance. At Bly Manor, dead doesn’t mean gone.
Producing partners Flanagan and Macy drew from the iconic supernatural stories of Henry James, to create the ensemble drama which also stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, and Tahirah Sharif. The series is executive produced by Flanagan and Macy for Intrepid Pictures, along with Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey for Amblin Television.