was a family story. The Crains came together to reckon with ghosts of their past and their own fragmented present. It’s a tale as old as time, but it’s not the only spooky tale out there. For the follow-up to the hit series, , showrunner Mike Flanagan have turned every aspect of that formula inside out, with impressive — and terrifying — results.

The Haunting of Bly Manor is not about family. At least, it’s not about biological family. Every person living in the eponymous manor is separated from a loved one, whether through death, disease, or trauma. Their story is told to a family on the night before a wedding in a framing device borrowed effectively from the source material: Henry James’ 1898

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