Listen: Fall of Usher
Prepare for a Halloween thriller with a Christmas twist in Mike Flanagan’s latest homage to Edgar Allan Poe, “The Fall of the House of Usher.”
This Netflix miniseries is a chilling mash-up of Poe stories, poems, and characters, leaving you both horrified and captivated.
Flanagan, known for his hit shows “The Haunting of Hill House” and “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” brings the gothic pleasures of Poe into a contemporary drama about a monstrously wealthy family facing their comeuppance.
Set in a world of ultra-rich elites, the series follows a charismatic billionaire and his feckless children competing for his favor, often in brutal ways.
But this miniseries isn’t just about the competition or the psychodynamics of the characters. It delves into the dark origins of the Usher family, exploring how they reached their twisted state of affairs.
You’ll be gripped by schadenfreude, melancholy, horror, morbid fascination, and regret as you watch the wealthy pay the price for their sins.
Led by the talented Bruce Greenwood as Roderick Usher and Mary McDonnell as his ruthless sister Madeline, the cast delivers powerful performances.
With nods to Poe’s stories like “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Masque of the Red Death,” the show combines these gothic elements with contemporary themes to create a truly unique viewing experience.
Prepare for a gruesome tale filled with secrets, betrayal, and a mysterious woman (played by Carla Gugino) who lures the Ushers to their doom.
Each episode focuses on the death of one of Roderick’s children, drawing inspiration from Poe’s gripping tales like “Goldbug” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Chilling and captivating, each story will leave you on the edge of your seat.
So, if you’re a fan of Edgar Allan Poe or love a good horror series, “The Fall of the House of Usher” is a must-watch.
Brace yourself for a creepy and haunting journey that will keep you guessing until the end.