The Fall of the House of Usher is available to watch on Netflix, and is the newest instalment by horror genius Mike Flanagan.
Mike Flanagan is known for his horror imagery and twist on classic tales, with series’ like ‘The Haunting of Hill House’, ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ and ‘Midnight Mass‘. His new series ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ is some of his best work and gives a more brutal element than all other shows he’s created before.
Roderick Usher (Bruce Greenwood) is an incredibly successful CEO of pharmaceutical company, Fortunato pharmaceuticals. With power, wealth, and supportive sister Madeline (Mary McDonnell) on his side, it’s almost as if nothing can touch him and he’ll remain on the top of the world. Almost.
With flashbacks throughout the episodes of Roderick’s upbringing, we learn of his struggles and how he became CEO of such a powerful business. We’re also introduced to his offspring, a total of children who vary in ages and interests.
Frederick Usher (Henry Thomas) is Roderick’s first born child as well s his sister Tamerlane (Samantha Sloyan). Following this, Victoine (N’Tia Miller) and Leo (Rahul Kohliwere) born, and finally Camille (Kate Siegel) and Prospero (Sauiyan Sapkota). All trying to make their father proud, all putting their efforts into extremely different business ventures. Which eventually with time, will see their demise.
Verna (Carla Gugino) seems to appear in the worst of times and almost acts like the grim reaper, making an appearance before many deaths in the show. But who is she? Why is the family surrounded by death and random circumstance? All will be unravelled as Roderick shares all with long term enemy and detective Auguste Dupin (Carl Lumbly).