Dark and Sinister Trailer For Mike Flanagan's THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER
Netflix has released a full trailer trailer for writer and director Mike Flanagan‘s highly anticipated series The Fall of the House of Usher, and this series looks like it’s going to be great! I like the whole dark, mysterious, and sinister tone that it has and it looks like it’s going to introduce us to an ensemble of interesting and colorful characters. I included details on each of these characters that you can read about below the trailer.
The series is described as an epic tale of greed, horror and tragedy. Poe’s short story The Fall of the House of Usher, which serves as the basis for the show, features themes of madness, family, isolation and identity. The modern re-telling of the Edgar Allan Poe story also draws on other Poe works.
The series looks like it’s going to deliver a pretty creepy yet playful story. There’s also going to be plenty of crazy nightmarish and macabre visuals. I love it!
The synopsis for the series reads: “In this wicked 8-episode limited 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.”
The ensemble cast includes Carla Gugino (Gerald’s Game, The Haunting of Hill House), Mary McDonnell (Scream 4), Carl Lumbly (Doctor Sleep), and Mark Hamill. Gugino previously teased that the series is “batshit crazy in the best possible way. It has quite a lot of very dark humor, but also really touches the soul.” We now get a nice little tease of what she’s talking about in this recently released trailer.
The series also stars Michael Trucco, T’Nia Miller, Paola Nuñez, Henry Thomas, Kyleigh Curran, Samantha Sloyan, Rahul Kohli, Kate Siegel, Sauriyan Sapkota, Zach Gilford, Willa Fitzgerald, Katie Parker, Malcolm Goodwin, Crystal Balint, Aya Furukawa, Daniel Jun, Matt Biedel, Ruth Codd, Annabeth Gish, Igby Rigney and Robert Longstreet.
Mike Flanagan and Michael Fimognari each directed four episodes of the series. Netflix has announced the series will premiere on October 12th, 2023. Enjoy the trailer!
Bruce Greenwood’s Roderick Usher is the family patriarch and CEO of Fortunato Pharmaceuticals. He is described as an ambitious and driven man, who has high expectations of his six children. While he gives them access to every resource imaginable, fatherly affection isn’t necessarily one of them.
Mary McDonnell’s Madeline Usher serves as the brains behind the operation at Fortunato. If he falters, she picks up the slack. But a downside to all that drive and ambition is the fact that she would step over her brother if she had to, regardless of the love she has for him.
Gugino’s Verna is a shape-shifting demon, who made a deal with twins Roderick and Madeline when they were younger. Decades later, she returns at the height of Fortunato’s power to massacre the heirs to the Usher fortune.
Thomas’ Frederick Usher is the eldest son of Roderick. Despite being the natural heir to the company, he’s described as the least capable person to take over the business out of all his siblings.
Sloyan’s Tamerlane Usher is one of Roderick’s children, who starts a health and wellness company of her own in an attempt to step out of her father’s shadow.
T’Nia Miller’s Victorine Lafourcade is Roderick’s daughter out of wedlock. She’ll do everything she can in order to gain her father’s most coveted approval and affection, even at the expense of her life’s mission to help people.
Sauriyan Sapkota’s Perry Usher is the youngest of the Usher children. Rather than inventing new medical tools or running the family empire, he wants to make life one big party.
Kyliegh Curran’s Lenore Usher is the daughter of Frederick, who’s described as a kind and empathic young woman.
Kohli’s Leo Usher is a video game patron and a socialite playboy with an intense drug habit.
Siegel’s Camille L’Espanaye is described as extremely cunning and biting. She handles the PR for the Usher family, which has made her an expert at turning bad behavior into good press.
Parker’s Annabel Lee is Roderick’s first wife and the mother of Frederick and Tamerlane. With a warm and trusting nature, she always sought to find the best in Roderick, but that might have left her blind to the dangers encroaching on her family.
Carl Lumbly’s C. Auguste Dupin is a brilliant attorney, who’s determined to take down the Usher family.
Mark Hamill’s Arthur Pym serves as at Usher family’s enigmatic lawyer, who remains an unfailingly loyal employee and enforcer for the Ushers.