The Fall of the House of Usher is an American gothic horror mini-Series. Mike Flanagan created this series, based on Edgar Allan Poe work from 18th to 21st Century. There are 8 episodes in it. After the first episode, A Midnight Dreary, the next 6 are based on Poe’s short stories. The finale, The Raven, is on Poe’s famous poem. The reimagining of the core elements of each of those to current times is spellbinding.
This is a story of ruthless siblings Roderick and Madeline Usher. They want to turn Fortunato Pharmaceuticals into an empire of wealth, privilege and power. But past secrets come as hindrance. The heirs to the Usher dynasty start dying mysteriously at young age by a woman. “The Fall of the House of Usher” transports us to the world of opulent elites. They drown in their vices without remorse or willing to sacrifice their own kin for vanity. They believe their wealth can safeguard them from consequences. But as with all tales, reckoning awaits. This series is a true marvel to my eyes. It sparks deep thoughts with its superb direction of Mike Flanaganand unforgettable performances by the actors.
The show is incredible, dark and spooky. It is genuinely funny in a way that might shock you if you’re not familiar with the work of Mike Flanagan. The cast is studded with Flanaverse familiars. Every character shines in the respective role. Newcomers dotted with their dazzling performances. But Carla Gugino not only one shines but dazzles in The Fall of the House of Usher. All of her talent is fully on display as she flawlessly switches accents and characteristics from one Usher interaction to the next. She is a master of her craft. Anyone who doubts it, need to watch a single episode of this show.
The Fall of the House of Usher is dark, gruesome and captivating. I enjoy every single minute of it.
If you watched any of Mike’s previous work, I can assure that you will definitely love this show as well.