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The Bent-Neck Lady 

A dark specter with an unsettling silhouette has haunted Nell since she was a girl. Now "the Bent-Neck Lady" is back -- and she's calling Nell home.


Mike Flanagan


Meredith Averill, Mike Flanagan (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michiel Huisman ... Steven Crain
Carla Gugino ... Olivia Crain
Henry Thomas ... Young Hugh Crain
Elizabeth Reaser ... Shirley Crain
Oliver Jackson-Cohen ... Luke Crain
Kate Siegel ... Theodora Crain
Victoria Pedretti ... Nell Crain
Lulu Wilson ... Young Shirley
Mckenna Grace ... Young Theo
Paxton Singleton ... Young Steven
Julian Hilliard ... Young Luke
Violet McGraw ... Young Nell
Timothy Hutton ... Hugh Crain
Annabeth Gish ... Mrs. Dudley
Anthony Ruivivar ... Kevin Harris


A dark specter with an unsettling silhouette has haunted Nell since she was a girl. Now "the Bent-Neck Lady" is back -- and she's calling Nell home.

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Release Date:

12 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital
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Did You Know?


The motel Nell stays in is called the "Markway Inn". There are multiple characters with the surname "Markway" in 1963's The Haunting. See more »


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Mr. Flanagan, very well done sir.
17 October 2018 | by Warrior_PoetSee all my reviews

I've enjoyed Mike Flanagan's past efforts. There's usually something to them that elevates them a bit above the standard horror fare. But this series and this format that allows the story to breath and to evolve organically suites his skills perfectly, allowing him to take his time properly and let the story unfold naturally.

The first half of the season coalesces various character story arcs that culminates into the ending of episode 5, and what a pay off. I suspected the "twist" that's presented early on but it didn't matter. This is so effective, so simultaneously chilling and heartbreaking, that if you allow yourself to live in these characters it will sit with you long after the credits roll. No spoilers here, but even if you're not a fan of horror, watch this. Watch this now! This is horror done right.

I'm hoping the rest of the season is as well done. I suspect it will be.

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