Fantastic Fest Reviews

[Fantastic Fest 2023] ‘The Fall Of The House Of Usher’: Another Solid Outing From Mike Flanagan

‘The Fall Of The House Of Usher’ is a genuinely terrifyingly great time from genre master Mike Flanagan who has struck gold yet again with an adaptation from Edgar Allen Poe. It makes sense that Mike Flanagan who has become synonymous with making great adaptations from legendary novels and authors, such as Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game, Christopher Pike’s The Midnight Club. This time around it feels wholly original though it is an adaptation something that Mike does here is a fresh modern take on the work of Edgar Allen Poe.

From Mike Flanagan, the creator of The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass, a wicked horror series based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Ruthless siblings Roderick and Madeline Usher have built Fortunato Pharmaceuticals into an empire of wealth, privilege and power. But past secrets come to light when the heirs to the Usher dynasty start dying at the hands of a mysterious woman from their youth.


From the opening sequence of ‘The Fall Of The Husher’ let’s you know it’s not playing around with an instant jump scare that weighs on you heavily throughout the pilot episode titled ‘A Midnight Dreary’ which is a beautiful tale of loyalty, betrayal, and tragedy. Something that both Mike Flanagan and Edgar Allen Poe has done exceptionally well throughout their respective careers. The blocking and staging of the characters movements make you feel as if you can tell their sincerest emotions throughout the episode’s runtime of just over sixty minutes.

Carla Gugino gives a scene-stealing presence in the little screen time she is given. Bruce Greenwood as always gives a performance that’s powerfully compelling and demands your attention as he tells the story of how his kids died. ‘The Fall Of The House Of Usher’ establishes Mike Flanagan as the go-to-guy for Netflix genre miniseries. If you loved his other works and series, this should interest you as well.

Overall Grade: 3.5/5 Stars


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