Nevermore? Don’t be too sure; The Fall of the House of Usher — the updated adaptation of the classic Edgar Allan Poe story, courtesy of modern master of horror Mile Flanagan — is just weeks away from its debut on Netflix, ushering in (sorry, pun was intended) the perfect spooky season binge watch. Get ready to start crowing.
Loosely adapted from the 1839 short story that has inspired everything from movies to multiple operas (no, really), to novels, to episodes of The Simpsons, the new series recasts everything as a story about the family of a corrupt CEO of a pharmaceutical company dying in mysterious ways — all of which seem to center around Carla Gugino, who may or may not be the spirit of Death itself. As if the idea of a gothic horror version of Succession isn’t enough to get you to tune in, Flanagan has teased that the series will also include references to other Poe stories. Could this be the start of Netflix’s own Edgar Allan Poe Cinematic Universe? We can but hope.
The series, which will run eight episodes and drop in its entirety at the same time, features a cast including Gugino alongside Bruce Greenwood, Mary McDonnell, Willa Fitzgerald, Carl Lumbly, Mark Hamill, Henry Thomas, Crystal Balint, Kyliegh Curran, Samantha Sloyan, Matt Biedel, Kate Siegel, Rahul Kohli, Daniel Jun, T’Nia Miller, Paola Núñez, Sauriyan Sapkota, and Ruth Codd. You can watch the trailer below — or wait until October 12, when the series debuts on Netflix.
Nevermore? “Not until October 12” really does sound a lot better, considering.
Get into the mood for spooky season by revisiting this interview with Elvira herself, Cassandra Peterson, from New York Comic Con 2022.