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7 Best Shows Like The Haunting of Bly Manor You Must See

October 8, 2020
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Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ left an indelible mark on its viewers upon its release on Netflix in 2018. After a two-year-long wait, fans received the much-anticipated second installment in the series. After tying a pretty bow on the Crain family’s story with the previous edition, Horror auteur Mike Flanagan returned with a superior follow-up to its precursor with ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor.’ Loosely adapted from on the 1898 horror novella ‘The Turn of the Screw’ by Henry James, the series follows an au pair, Dani (Victoria Pedretti), who arrives at the looming old manor after accepting a job to tutor and care for two orphaned children.

What at first seems like an idyllic life watching over two precocious children, slowly but surely, becomes a living nightmare when she finds herself plagued by mysterious happenings in the manor. If you, too, gave in to the intoxicating binge-able concoction materialized by Mike Flanagan and zapped through the series in no time, do we have a treat for you! We’ve put together these eerily similar shows for you to queue up next. You can stream most of these shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, or other streaming platforms!

7. Penny Dreadful (2014-2016)

If you want to take the blood-curdling factor up a notch, then ‘Penny Dreadful’ is the way to go. The gothic drama follows Vanessa Ives, who, with the help of Malcolm Murray, embarks on a tantalizing investigation to uncover the mystery behind a series of gruesome deaths but soon gets entangled with something darker at play than mere murder. Similar to ‘The Haunting’ franchise, the story uses ghosts as a tool to explore its characters’ emotional wounds.

6. Bates Motel (2013-2017)

Conceived as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror movie ‘Psycho,’ ‘Bates Motel’ is a psychological horror drama that follows the antagonist Norman’s mental illness, which becomes gradually more alarming over time, and the struggles that his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), goes through to protect her son from his inner demons. With the show’s focal point being the mother-son relationship, the story is peppered with some truly great, albeit unsettling, moments of horror throughout the seasons.

5. Hemlock Grove (2013-2015)

Set in a small town of Pennsylvania, where the rich get richer, and the poor are deprived of even the necessities, one thing that unites the townspeople is the dark secret that enshrouds everyone. Everything comes undone when a grisly murder sets the narrative in motion, unleashing suspicions on many. Soon enough, it becomes more and more apparent all is not what it seems. The Bill Skarsgård-led horror-drama takes its time with storylines, ensuring that each one has ample of room to ripen. The show will pull you in right from the start and will keep you on the edge of your seat through its end.

4. The Returned (2015)

The premise of ‘The Returned,’ the American remake of the French drama of the same name, is kicked off when certain long-dead residents of a remote small-town suddenly come back to life. The baffling turn of events leaves their bereft loved ones with an insurmountable amount of unanswered questions – What mysterious force is bringing them back? Are they truly alive or in some in-between state altogether? Can they resume their lives as if nothing happened? Are they zombies? Why were they the only chosen ones?

3. The Enfield Haunting (2015)

What adds to the spine-tingling spookiness of ‘The Enfield Haunting’ is the fact that the three-part drama is based on real-life events that took place in an ostensibly ordinary North London home in 1977. A paranormal investigator named Guy Lyon Playfair looks into the matter when a family reports being terrorized by supernatural forces. Following extensive research, Playfair unravels some pretty terrifying discovery that substantiates their claims. The miniseries adeptly plays on the haunted house trope in the same vein as ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ and will leave you utterly creeped out – but in the best way possible.

2. Marianne (2019)

Netflix seized the opportunity to commemorate ‘Friday the 13th’in September 2019, and blessed the world with ‘Marianne,’ a French horror show rife with witches, possession, blood, creepy houses, and nooses, which are all very reminiscent of the ominous elements of ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor.’ The show follows a famous horror writer who is lured back to her hometown only to be hit hard by the realization that the evil spirit she brought to life in her books is now wreaking havoc in the real world. There’s no denying that the show is bound to give you many sleepless nights.

1. Supernatural (2005-2020)

Love intricate family dynamics and supernatural elements? ‘Supernatural’ might be right up your alley, though it’s far campier and more humorous than ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor.’ The story centers on the Winchester brothers as they follow in their father’s footsteps and set out to eradicate monsters, demons, and other paranormal entities that exist on Earth. Akin to ‘The Haunting’ series, family relations fuel their drive. Starring Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki in the lead roles, the show has amassed a loyal fanbase over the course of its whopping 15-season-long run.

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