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13th Oct 2023

People are losing it at ‘nightmarish’ Netflix series Fall of the House of Usher

Charlie Herbert

People are losing it at ‘nightmarish’ Netflix series Fall of the House of Usher

Things really ramp up in episode two apparently

Horror fans have been taking to social media to rave about The Fall of the House of Usher, saying it will give them “nightmares.”

Based on an Edgar Allan Poe short story of the same name and other works by the legendary writer, the Netflix series is the latest horror offering from Mike Flanagan, the man behind shows such as The Haunting of Hill HouseThe Haunting of Bly ManorMidnight Mass and The Midnight Club.

The series is set in the present day and revolves around ruthless siblings Roderick and Madeline Usher, who have built their company 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,” the Netflix plot synopsis reads.

Last month, the spooky first trailer for the series hit the web – with JOE at the time writing that it looked like “Succession if it was a horror”.

And after the series was released on Thursday, fans have been raving about the show, and in particular the second episode.

One person said that after a “cool, chill, mysterious” first episode,” the series really shifted gears in episode two which made them want to “throw up.”

Another agreed, saying that they were unsure about the series after the opening episode, but that “episode 2 hit so hard.”

Someone else shared that they were “already hooked” even before they’d finished the first episode.

And another wrote: “Those last few minutes of House of Usher episode 2…Mike [Flanagan] is cooking with gas.”

Previously made into a well-regarded 1960 movie starring Vincent Price, the cast for House of Usher features several actors from previous Flanagan projects including Annabeth Gish, Bruce Greenwood, Carl Lumbly, Carla Cugino, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco, Rahul Kohli, Robert Longstreet, Samantha Sloyan, T’Nia Miller, Zach Gilford and Irish actress Ruth Codd.

Meanwhile, among the newcomers to the Flanagan universe in the upcoming series are Mark Hamill and Mary McDonnell.

Comprising of eight episodes, The Fall of the House of Usher is available to watch on Netflix now.

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