If you asked us to move to the English countryside to look after two intensely creepy children inside a massive home crawling with angry spirits, we'd… laugh and move on with the day. But Dani Clayton, the character at the center of The Haunting of Bly Manor, can't just smile and shrug off her reality.
Netflix released the official trailer for Bly Manor on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and let's just say it's probably a good idea to sleep with the lights on after watching.
Following her run as Nell Crain in 2018's The Haunting at Hill House, You alum Victoria Pedretti steps into the role of Dani, a newly-hired governess responsible for taking care of two orphaned children (Amelie Bea Smith and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) following the death of their au pair (Henry Thomas).
Set in the 1980s, the second installment in Mike Flanagan's anthology series is based on The Turn of the Screw, the 1989 novella by Henry James in which, yes, a newly-arrived governess quickly begins to uncover dark secrets at Bly Manor.
So what can we expect? While the first few seconds of the trailer seem sweet—Dani's focus is cherishing the children with love—the plot takes a scary turn as she experiences haunting interactions from one room to the next. In an eerie voiceover, the manor's chef (Rahul Kohli) creepily warns, "The people here, they're born here, they die here," hinting at the many ghosts around.
In addition to Pedretti and Thomas, the cast also includes Hill House alum Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Katie Siegel and Catherine Parker along with Tahirah Sharif, Amelia Eve, and T'Nia Miller.
Though there are repeat actors, the storylines are entirely separate for round two of the anthology. The Haunting at Hill House was based on Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel of the same name.
Scroll on for everything we know so far about the series. Be warned: This one is definitely going to scare you.
The Haunting of Bly Manor premieres on Oct. 9.