I have also been watching The Hainting of Bly Manor, and so far I am enjoying it much more than Hill House. Like the previous series, it has focus on family trauma, but like @keydemographics said, it’s much more grown up about it. Also, much like Hill House, the shot composition and editing is GORGEOUS, if a little showy. So far there have been a couple stunning deep focus shots, a la Citizen Kane. I can’t tell if they were shot that way, or if they’re composite, but either way they are well done. I’m always tickled when I see old school techniques applied to modern works! Another great sequence (scare and cinematography spoilers, if that’s a thing): Our heroine is framed by a tall, curved, out of focus faucet. As the shot ends, we get a rack focus to see the faucet clearly as she hears a noise and leaves the room. Cut to a hallway, where she is framed by another out of focus, curved object. This time, no rack focus. We’re back to another identical shot of our main character framed by the faucet, ending again with a rack focus to the faucet as she hears another noise. The same hallway shot, but this time, as it ends, we get a rack focus, revealing the curved object was the nose of a plague doctor mask worn by a ghost!!! Anyways, I’m only two episodes in, but I’m really enjoying this show! If they manage to finish the series without a oner episode, this will probably by my favorite show since the first season of the Terror.
Last night I watched Crimson Peak, and I really enjoyed it! I loved the decision to not make this a horror movie (“the ghosts are a metaphor!”), because it allowed them to really show off the creature design. There’s mabye 3 seconds of anticipation before they just show you the damn ghosts in their gory glory. Everything about the design of this movie is beautiful!