A first look at Mike Flanagan’s Edgar Allan Poe adaptation.
Back in October 2021, Netflix announced that they were developing a brand-new horror series that would serve as both a homage and a compendium of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous works – starting with the titular The Fall of the House of Usher. This ambitious project brings multiple Gothic horror elements to the table and ties them all together in the story of a wealthy and corrupt dynasty becoming the target of a series of mysterious killings.
What Does The Trailer Show?
The trailer does a great job of presenting a Gothic horror atmosphere that makes for the signature element in Poe’s unsettling tales. Such a gloomy setting captures horror enthusiasts and keeps them hooked thanks to many glimpses of the true horror this series promises to deliver. After some establishing shots where viewers get to meet the Usher family, starting with the family patriarch Roderick Usher (Bruce Greenwood), the trailer picks up a pressing, engaging pacing which vaguely shows the progression of murders and mysterious events… that seem to be all connected to Carla Gugino’s enigmatic character. Not a lot is given to know about her, but a keen eye would deduce she is some kind of supernatural entity haunting the family and claiming to be a “consequence” for their actions. The Ushers apparently have a dark past that begs to be unveiled. Also, the trailer is surprisingly too revealing of some of the ghosts and monsters that will be there – they sure look terrifying, but perhaps keeping them shrouded in mystery would have pumped the tension even higher.
Who’s Involved In The Project?
Behind the project is showrunner Mike Flanagan, who’s now made a name for himself in the horror scene for writing and directing some of the most influential horror products of the past decade. That includes four different miniseries for Netflix that were all major successes and only went on to strengthen his reputation as a horror filmmaker, so it’s safe to say that The Fall of the House of Usher is in pretty good hands.
Moreover, Flanagan is notable for working with the same group of actors in his films and is reuniting with Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood, who were the two lead actors in his 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game. That’s not it – other “Flanagan actors” appearing are Zach Gilford, Kate Siegel, Henry Thomas, and the list goes on. Sitting on the director’s chair is another frequent collaborator of Flanagan’s, Michael Fimognari, and this only adds to the signs of this series being as good as, if not better than, Flanagan’s previous horror works.
If you still haven’t seen the trailer for The Fall of the House of Usher, coming out October 12, make sure to check it out right now. Beware, though – there won’t be any R&B singer whispering “Usher, baby” in this one!
The Fall of the House of Usher (2023) Netflix Official Trailer