The Fall of the House of Usher TV review - Aussieboyreviews


Although not specifically scary, this modern-set horror miniseries from creator Mike Flanagan is dark, addictive and disturbing. The Fall of the House of Usher features cinematography, performances and storytelling that make it worth watching.


Two ruthless siblings build a family dynasty to secure their fortune and future, but dark secrets are revealed when their heirs begin to mysteriously die one by one.

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TV details

Creator: Mike Flanagan
Cast: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Mary McDonnell, Mark Hamill, Henry Thomas, T’Nia Miller, Ruth Codd, Kate Siegel, Rahul Kohli, Carl Lumbly
Release Date (Australia): 12 October 2023
Episodes: A Midnight Dreary / The Masque of the Red Death / Murder in the Rue Morgue / The Black Cat / The Tell-Tale Heart / Goldbug / The Pit and the Pendulum / The Raven
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (R18+)

The series contains supernatural themes in which characters are killed after encountering a supernatural entity, and their mutilated corpses are depicted. Thematic content includes corruption, disturbing scenes, and a sequence in which people burn to death from acidic chemicals.

Violence (R18+)

The series contains depictions of mutilated corpses, as well as scenes featuring graphic depictions of stabbings, impalement by shards of glass, a woman’s stomach being cut open and a man being chopped in half, accompanied by gory blood and injury detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The series features frequent use of the word “f**k”, in addition to use of the words “c**t”, “f**king”, “bastards”, “s**t”, “d**k” and “p***y”.

Drug Use (MA15+)

The series features frequent verbal and visual references to drugs, as well as close-up depictions of characters taking and snorting drugs including cocaine.

Nudity (MA15+)

The series includes sexualised depictions of full frontal male and female nudity.

Sex (MA15+)

The series includes strong crude verbal references to sex and sexual acts, as well as a brief sequence depicting an orgy and scenes of implied oral sex and masturbation.

Aussie boy's thoughts

An addictive horror series with outstanding performances from the cast all around, an endless collection of gorgeously-shot sequences, and a storyline so enthralling, you won’t want to turn it off. The Fall of the House of Usher is one of Mike Flanagan’s most fabulous creations yet. Roderick and Madeline Usher are two ruthless siblings who build a family dynasty to secure their fortune and future, but dark secrets are revealed when their heirs begin to mysteriously die one by one. Every bloodline member of the Usher family is undeniably horrible, each subtly portraying a seven deadly sin if you really examine what they do, but their characters are so interesting to watch because of the performances from every single cast member, with other notable highlights being Carla Gugino as the show-stealing Verna, Mark Hamill as the family’s lawyer, and Ruth Codd in another memorable supporting role. The series from the beginning lets us know that each of the Usher children have succumbed to gruesome fates, with each episode promising a further dive into their characters and beautiful cinematography when their death is nearby. It’s not a straight-up adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s work, and it’s a very unconventional show that will confuse and divide many viewers, but it’s a masterfully-crafted series worth all the time it takes to develop its slow-building plot.

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