The Trailer for 'The Fall of the House of Usher' Turns Edgar Allan Poe's Work Into a Gory Spin on 'Succession'
'The Haunting of Hill House', 'The Haunting of Bly Manor', 'Midnight Mass' and 'The Midnight Club' creator Mike Flanagan is back with another Netflix horror series.
September 13, 2023
First came 2018's The Haunting of Hill House. Then, in 2020, The Haunting of Bly Manor arrived. 2021 had Midnight Mass and 2022 dropped The Midnight Club. Spring scares just as Halloween approaches and new Mike Flanagan-created Netflix series just keep going hand in hand, it seems. The Fall of the House of Usher is set to keep the trend going — and serve up another unsettling streaming show from the filmmaker also behind Oculus, Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Gerald's Game and Doctor Sleep.
This time, Flanagan is taking inspiration from none other than iconic horror author Edgar Allan Poe, with The Fall of the House of Usher sharing its name with one of the writer's short stories from back in 1840. On the page, the tale steps into the lives of the Usher family — and on the screen, that's Flanagan's approach as well. He's drawing upon Poe's works more broadly, however, while sticking with the killer The Fall of the House of Usher moniker.
As the just-released first trailer for the series makes plain — with the sneak peek dropping ahead of the eight-episode show's Thursday, October 12 arrival — there's a touch of Succession to The Fall of the House of Usher as a miniseries as well. The Ushers are wealthy and powerful. Roderick Usher (Bruce Greenwood, The Resident) has children who think they should go next at running the family business. Of course, Succession didn't then start offing said heirs in creepy, eerie and downright gory ways, as happens here.
What's the CEO of pharmaceutical company, and a shady one at that, to do when a strange woman starts getting murderous with his own flesh and blood? That's this series — which, based on the trailer, isn't afraid to get unhinged.
As well as horror in general and his recent spate of spooky Netflix efforts, Flanagan is known for bringing back his go-to actors again and again. Greenwood was in both Gerald's Game and The Haunting of Hill House, while Carla Gugino (Gerald's Game, The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Midnight Mass), Henry Thomas (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Doctor Sleep, The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Midnight Mass, The Midnight Club), Carl Lumbly (Doctor Sleep), T'Nia Miller (The Haunting of Bly Manor), Rahul Kohli (The Haunting of Bly Manor, Midnight Mass, The Midnight Club) and Samantha Sloyan (Hush, The Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Madness) are among the talents that've all stepped in front of the filmmaker's camera before.
Check out the trailer for The Fall of the House of Usher below:
The Fall of the House of Usher streams via Netflix from Thursday, October 12.
Images: Eike Schroter / Netflix.
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