Halloween Saved: The Fall of the House of Usher Arrives on Netflix

Surely among the 3 best works by Flanagan

by Sededin Dedovic
Halloween Saved: The Fall of the House of Usher Arrives on Netflix
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Halloween is in for a spine-tingling treat this year! The master of fear, Mike Flanagan, has graced Netflix with his eerie, lavishly gothic masterpiece, and it's a haunting sensation. The Guardian's review of the series "The Fall of the House of Usher" sets the stage for what promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Quality adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's works have been as elusive as ghosts since the Roger Corman films of the 1960s, but "The Fall of the House of Usher" is here to resurrect that tradition. While we fondly recall the spectacular episodes from early "Simpsons" or "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween specials, "The Fall of the House of Usher" sees Mike Flanagan ascend to a level of mastery akin to the likes of Matt Groening or Corman in bringing Poe's macabre tales to life on the screen.

Flanagan's knack for paying homage to some of the most beloved horror works in history has already been on display. He danced with Shirley Jackson in "The Haunting of Hill House," ventured into Henry James' eerie world in "The Haunting of Bly Manor," and embraced Christopher Pike's stories in "The Midnight Club." Thankfully, Flanagan's synergy with Poe's dark sensibilities proves to be a match made in the abyss.

The series tiptoes on the precipice of horror without succumbing to cheap jump scares and overwrought sentimentality. A palpable sense of dread oozes from every frame of Flanagan's Poe-inspired universe.

There is no doubt that "The Fall of the House of Usher" is one of Flanagan's best works.

The constant feeling that something malevolent looms on the horizon is what makes this series a gripping watch. It all begins with a pitch-black ambiance that Poe would have reveled in. Roderick Usher, portrayed by the talented Bruce Greenwood, stands alone at the joint funeral of his adult children, a chilling montage of press reports recounting the "strange incidents" that have systematically extinguished his bloodline.

With "The Fall of the House of Usher," Flanagan concludes his Netflix collaboration on an exhilarating high note. He captures the very essence of Poe's magic, sending shivers down the spine and invoking a relentless sense of foreboding.

There's no room for doubt; "The Fall of the House of Usher" stands as one of Mike Flanagan's most exceptional works, a testament to his mastery of the horror genre and his ability to breathe new life into classic tales of terror.