Mike Flanagan: ‘Usher’ Series Will Be “Blood-Soaked”

by Thomas Tuna

Mike Flanagan is taking off the kid gloves.

The celebrated filmmaker is preparing his latest Netflix horror offering, The Fall of the House of Usher, for delivery by next spring (debut date still unknown), and from recent comments, this series will be a bloody affair.

The eight-episode series–based on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic 1839 short story and other terror tales–is written, directed and produced by Flanagan.

In a recent interview with The Wrap, Flanagan described what fans can expect from this Netflix show. “It’s crazy,” he said. “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done. The Fall of the House of Usher is heavy metal–it’s rock and roll.”

The director added the series is “colorful and dark and blood-soaked and wicked and funny. And aggressive and scary and hilarious. We left everything on the field with it, and it’s just bombastic fun. I’m really excited for it to find its way out.”

The show follows Roderick Usher (Bruce Greenwood) and an invited guest and childhood friend, as Usher reveals secrets about his mysterious home and his twin sister Madeline (Mary McDonnell).

The show will be narrated by the guest, who gradually learns that Madeline Usher “has been placed in the family vault–not quite dead,” according to the synopsis. “When she reappears in her blood-stained shroud, the visitor rushes to leave–as the house splits and sinks into the lake.”

Usher–which also stars Carla Gugino, Carl Lumbly, Samantha Sloyan, Henry Thomas, T’Nia Miller, Mark Hamill and Kate Siegel–will explore themes of “madness, family, isolation and metaphysical identities,” according to the logline.

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on The Fall of the House of Usher on Netflix.

 

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