This Lengthy Video Essay Is a Fascinating Exploration of Haunting of Bly Manor

From Haunting of Bly Manor.
From Haunting of Bly Manor.
Image: Netflix

Henry James, queer romance, and ghosts. These are the DNA of Haunting of Bly Manor, and they’re the subject of this great (if long) video essay.

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Ladyknightthebrave makes fascinating, detailed video essays that go deep on how pieces of media work. Her latest is an essay on the Netflix show A Haunting of Bly Manor, exploring the way death and memory works in the show, exploring its influences and thinking through its themes. It also, interestingly, includes a new interview with show creator Mike Flanagan, who offers some compelling insight into the production of the show and its thematic engagements.

This essay, in particular, does a great job weaving in production details and background into a lengthier close reading of the series. As a followup to Haunting of Hill House, it’s a fascinating series, and Ladyknight effectively breaks it down. She also has a lot of good information about Henry James, which is good for those of us who didn’t brush up on 19th century horror before picking up the show.

I enjoy a close look at how a story tells itself, and this is a really good one. It’s a good thing to throw on for a lazy weekend. You’ll learn something.


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DISCUSSION

I very much felt like this show wasn’t sure what it was about. And it had that multiple ending thing that Lord of The Rings had.

I really wanted to love it, but a combination of pacing and some odd choices in the last few episodes made it fall it a bit flat in the end.