So, you got sucked into “The Haunting of Bly Manor” and you binge-watched the whole series in just a few days – but now you’re wondering what to watch… Well wonder no longer, because here at New On Netflix we’ve put together a list of ten shows that we think will fill the void in a perfectly splendid way.
As you’ll remember, “The Haunting of Bly Manor” is a chilling ghost story based on the classic book “The Turn of The Screw” told with a mixture of mystery, horror and some gothic romance. The story is of an au pair called Dani Clayton who is a schoolteacher from the U.S., who, for various reasons she doesn’t want to talk about, has moved to Britain with no plans to return home. She applies for an au pair job at Bly Manor, and soon finds herself acting as primary caretaker to Miles and Flora, 10 and 8 respectively, who both act a lot older than they ought to, and who are dealing with grief that they don’t want to talk about. Miles is also home from boarding school—for reasons no one wants to talk about. Flora’s obsessed with her doll house staying perfectly arranged. Mrs Grose is usually a ludicrously hyper-competent housekeeper, but sometimes she seems to wander off into secret pockets of her mind—and no, she doesn’t want to talk about that either. Owen, the cook, is back home from France… for reasons he doesn’t want to talk about. That leaves Jamie, the gardener, who favours Blondie t-shirts with rolled sleeves, skinny jeans with rolled cuffs, and doesn’t know how to sit in a chair. Strange things happen and many secrets are exposed…
But you already know that, right?
So here are ten other series* that you might enjoy if you enjoyed “The Haunting of Bly Manor”:
*availability may differ across different regions/countries
Released two years prior to Bly Manor and created by the same creative team you may think you would know what to expect with this series. While it shares some cast members, the story is very different and starts in the summer of 1992, where Hugh and Olivia Crain and their children—Steven, Shirley, Theodora, Luke, and Eleanor (Nell)—move into Hill House to renovate the mansion in order to sell it and build their own house, designed by Olivia. However, due to unexpected repairs, they have to stay longer, and they begin to experience increasing paranormal phenomena, resulting in a tragic loss and the family fleeing from the house. Twenty-six years later, the Crain siblings and their estranged father reunite after tragedy strikes again, and they are forced to confront how their time in Hill House has affected each of them.
Goedam is a horror anthology series from Korea, which consists of eight 9-minute episodes. The most interesting thing about Goedam is at first episodes seem to have no connection at all, but if you pay attention you may see that they actually are. However, the episodes are in reverse order. There are hints here and there to this. But if we watch from Episode 8 back to Episode 1 it makes more sense. Also Episode 8 is the longest and provides the story, and the others are shorter and no story is explicitly told, but they build up on each other.
This 6-episode British TV series, which is part supernatural thriller, part psychological horror, takes its inspiration from the psychological horror films of the late 1960s and ’70s – Rosemary’s Baby, Don’t Look Now, and The Innocents – avoiding easy answers and, instead, playing on uncertainty and ambiguity. The storyline is that in 1994, a toddler disappeared from a small Welsh village, never to be seen again. 23 years later, in London, the mother of rising cello star Matilda Gray takes her own life, without apparent reason. Among her possessions, Matilda discovers tantalising evidence, linking her mother to the Welsh girl’s disappearance all those years ago. And so grief stricken Matilda travels to Wales, determined to find out who she really is, even if it means unravelling her own identity.
Chambers is a 10 episode US horror series which follows the story of a teenager who, becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life. However, the closer she gets to uncovering the truth about her donor’s sudden death, the more she starts taking on the characteristics of the deceased — some of which are troublingly sinister.
The long-running American Horror Story is an anthology horror series with each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a different set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own “beginning, middle, and end.” The first season takes place in Los Angeles, California during 2011 and centres on a family that moves into a house haunted by its deceased former occupants. Season 2 takes place in 1960’s Massachusetts and follows the stories of the patients and staff of an institution for the criminally insane. The third season takes place in New Orleans during 2013 and follows a coven of witches who face off against those who wish to destroy them. The fourth season centres around one of the last remaining American freak shows and their struggle for survival. Season 5 takes place in Los Angeles during 2015 and focuses on the staff and guests of a supernatural hotel. The sixth season… Well, you get the picture – each season is very different but follows a nice little horror theme.
The Victim’s Game is an 8-part Taiwanese crime drama, which is in Mandarin, but does have English subtitles. The drama revolves around an unlikely, but quite efficient, duo. A forensic investigator with Asperger’s Syndrome and an investigative journalist. The forensic investigator finds out his daughter is caught up in a murder case that might cost her everything.
This highly thrilling series from Finland succeeds in mixing crime investigation and personal drama. The story follows Sofia Karppi a grieving detective in her 30’s who discovers the body of a young woman on a construction site, before she triggers a chain of events that threatens to destroy her life again.
Ratched is a suspenseful drama series that tells the origin story of asylum nurse Mildred Ratched – who you may recognise from the classic film “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”. In 1947, Mildred arrives in Northern California to seek employment at a leading psychiatric hospital where new and unsettling experiments have begun on the human mind. On a clandestine mission, Mildred presents herself as the perfect image of what a dedicated nurse should be, but the wheels are always turning and as she begins to infiltrate the mental health care system and those within it, Mildred’s stylish exterior belies a growing darkness that has long been smouldering within, revealing that true monsters are made, not born.
Horror series “Evil” sees a sceptical female clinical psychologist join a priest-in-training and a blue-collar contractor as they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possession, and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.
This Russian sci-fi thriller is set in Moscow where the residents become infected with an unknown deadly virus, the main symptoms of which are coughing and discolouration of the eyes – and after three to four days: death. Nobody knows how to resist infection. The capital is covered by an epidemic, gradually turning it into a city of the dead: there is no electricity; money has lost its value; chaos and lawlessness reign everywhere and gangs of marauders are wielding; the media are panicking; and those who are not yet infected are desperately fighting for food and gasoline. As the city is being quarantined and all entrances to it are closed, Sergei, along with his new lover, her autistic son, his own son, his ex-wife (who could not forgive him), his father and the neighbours who joined them, flee to Karelia. There, on a desert island in the middle of Vongozero, they want to hide from the threat of contamination in a refuge ship. Set against the background of this terrible virus, a cruel family drama is also played out. People who normally would never have been under the same roof must now unite to try to escape the growing epidemic.
Let us know in the comments what other series you would add to this list!