Mike Flanagan is back with another fantastic series for Netflix: The Fall of the House of Usher. Over the course of eight episodes, Flanagan seamlessly blends the Poe stories of the past with the problems of the present.
The series chronicles the fall of the the house of Roderick Usher (Bruce Greenwood) who along with his sister Madeline (Mary McDonnell) have built a pharmaceutical empire that profits at expense of the masses, killing thousands by peddling an addictive opioid designed to rid the world of pain.
When the series opens, Roderick Usher is grieving the loss of all six of his children who have each died a gruesome death that corresponds to the demises laid out in Poe’s stories The Masque of the red Death, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Black Cat, The Tell-tale Heart, Goldbug and The Pit and the Pendulum.
Facing his own reckoning, Usher is unburdens himself and offers a confession of greed, ambition and murder to Auguste Dupin (Carl Lumbly) the prosecutor who has brought suit against the Usher’s and who holds a vendetta of his own.
Rounding out the spectacular cast are Mark Hamill as Arthur Pym the mysterious fixer who works for the Ushers (and who deserves his very own series) and Carla Gugino as Verna, the embodiment of death itself.
All eight dark and debaucherous episodes of The Fall of the House of Usher are streaming exclusively on Netflix. Bush up on your Poe, cozy up on the couch and get ready to binge!