Sometimes Classic Haunts Resurface
It is not at all odd to have tales rewoven or repackaged. A spin on an old tale often turns out to be a fantastic surprise. Take for instance Bram Stoker’s Dracula reimagined as the thrilling 2020 Dracula Netflix series. And quite fascinating was Washington Iriving’s Sleepy Hollow which got a face lift in 1999. And who could forget the landscape of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice crawling with zombies in its 2016 readaptation.
Truly delights come in all shapes and sizes. And nothing is more delightful to horror fans than re-adaptations of classic tales of terror. So on October 6th fans of horror classics were in for a special treat with the announcement of the revival of another horror classic.
According to sources, Netflix will be streaming an adaptation of one of the chilling tales from the master of macabre, Edgar Allan Poe.
It is official! Mike Flanagan, the newest horror artisan to hit the scene, has taken on the task of breathing new life into Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.”
According to a source, Mike Flanagan, producer of the nightmarish Haunting of Hill House (2018), Haunting of Bly Manor (2020), and more recently Midnight Mass (2021), will serve as executive producer of the adaptation along with Trevor Macy.
“Fall of the House of Usher” By Edgar Allan Poe
“The Fall of the House of Usher”, penned in 1839, is a Poe classic. And without a doubt, the short story set the standard for the most haunting of visions; putrefied trees, blank walls, and windows mirroring hollow eyes, black, and dismal aesthetic. His depiction of the decrepit and forlorn are nightmarish and vivid, making his imagery without parallel. “The Fall of the House of Usher” is a testament to Poe’s artistry, which can cross over into madness. And that makes the announcement of Flanagan’s adaptation so thrilling.
Tidbits about the Fall of the House of Usher and Flanagan
Flanagan, too, has demonstrated mastery with his productions, adding relish to the fact that he will have an opportunity to place his mark upon this feature. However, this feature will be a bit different from the rest of his works. His former flicks involved hauntings that pushed people to the brink of madness and death. The Fall of the House of Usher will fall outside of this categorization. And when asked why, Flanagan remarked, “Poe really wasn’t about ghosts.”
So, for fans eager for a film along the same lines of the Haunting of Hill House or the Haunting of Bly Manor, they will not find it in this adaptation.
While this highly anticipated limited series has been green-lit, it is still a ways from viewing. Flanagan is currently busy with another project, Midnight Club (2022). And as of now, there is no specific date for release. However, there is no cause for dismay because things worth waiting for take time. And Flanagan has proven time and again to be good at what he does. So, fans of both Poe and Flanagan will have to stay tuned.
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