Netflix has unveiled the official trailer for its latest horror series, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” helmed by renowned filmmaker Mike Flanagan. This new series, set to premiere on October 12, promises to be a chilling exploration of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic works, incorporating them into a compelling family saga filled with mystery and dread.
“The Fall of the House of Usher” reimagines Poe’s iconic tales, weaving them into the story of the Usher family, who experience a series of enigmatic calamities. The official description sets the stage: “In this wicked 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 is extensive and impressive, featuring Bruce Greenwood, Carla Gugino, Mary McDonnell, Carl Lumbly, Mark Hamill, Michael Trucco, T’Nia Miller, Paola Nuñez, Henry Thomas, Kyliegh 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.
The series comprises eight episodes, with Flanagan and Michael Fimognari each directing four episodes. Trevor Macy is also on board as a producer.
The trailer is hauntingly underscored by Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem,” particularly the “Dies Irae” movement, setting a foreboding tone for the Usher family’s descent into darkness. Watch the trailer below.
The narrative centers on Roderick and Madeline Usher, played by Bruce Greenwood and Mary McDonnell, who have transformed Fortunato Pharmaceuticals into a thriving modern dynasty. However, their lives take a sinister turn when a supernatural entity from their past, portrayed by Carla Gugino, begins targeting and eliminating the Usher heirs.
The Usher family, a collection of Roderick’s six children and his granddaughter, becomes the focus of this macabre tale. The story is framed as an older Roderick reflects on his life with C. Auguste Dupin, played by Carl Lumbly, who is determined to take down the Usher Crime Family.
With eerie references to Poe’s “The Raven” and a host of supernatural elements, “The Fall of the House of Usher” promises to be a gripping and darkly humorous journey into the unknown. It’s set to premiere on Netflix on October 12.