Parents' Guide to

The Haunting of Bly Manor

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Classic novella becomes elegant, spooky ghost story.

TV Netflix Drama 2020
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 13+

Very Slow

Plot was very slow to start, got more interesting as you got further in. Some sexual situations, but no actual nudity. Some profanity. Ended up being a good story, but was questioning wasting my time the first few episodes.
age 12+

I think its ok for a child at the age of 10 if there mature

I think that this is a really good show and should be ok for a kid from the age of 10, personaly i reccomend 12. There are at most 6 jump scares that scared me although im not that easy to scare. There are some drinking scenes where the adults drink a bottle of wine from the bottle at partys or gatherings. There are some scenes where the adults are in bed completely naked but no nudity. It does show a positive message of how much the nanny cares for the kids. There is a scene where the body of a previous nanny that commited suicide that it found by a kid. Other than that there are no major scares. The show is perfect for any young or older horror lover or even someone who loves to be scared in the moment.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (27 ):

Smart, spooky, and based on a literary classic that's been giving readers the willies since 1898, this (literally) haunting series is a worthy follow-up. The Haunting of Bly Manor also hews closer to its source material than Flanagan's The Haunting of Hill House did, which turns out to be a very good thing. Of course, since Henry James first serialized The Turn of the Screw in 1898, the "creepy kids" trope has been done to death; horror fans sigh these days when they see a young child in a movie because they know they'll be subjected to innumerable "it's scary because a little kid said it" lines, eerie childlike laughter, and so on. But Bly's Flora and Miles don't feel like children trying to act scary; with their stiff backs, regular-kid looks, and overly formal English-accented way of speaking, they seem like characters out of time, something from Dickens or Frances Hodgson Burnett: Children who have seen too much for their age. They're truly sinister, and though it's hard to tell if they're directing some of the evil of their home or just molding themselves to their surroundings, viewers will soon learn to wince a little when they show up with serious expressions, because it probably means something deeply creepy is about to occur.

With her wide eyes and young voice, Dani is our avatar, walking into Bly totally unprepared. But just as the unnamed governess in James' original had darkness in her past, Dani is running from something. Does it have something to do with the reason she fled to England and refuses to go home to America, and why she keeps the mirrors in her room covered? Would a woman without her past be able to see the mysterious figures that appear and disappear on Bly's grounds, and would they linger to try to make sense of what's happening? Dani thinks she's protecting Miles and Flora; the children know there's not much they can do to shield Dani even if they wanted to, and it's not clear they do. Fans of gory and sensational horror movies may find Bly's revelations to be doled out at too slow a pace, but The Haunting of Bly Manor is a spine-tingling delight to viewers who appreciate a ghost story that casts an elegant spell.

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