Is The Fall of the House of User Netflix's most depraved show?10/20/2023
Netflix’s The Fall of the House of Usher – dubbed the ‘horror version of Succession’ – leaves viewers disturbed with animal slaughter, suicide and incest scene
- The American show has left fans horrified after its release earlier this month
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Mike Flanagan and Michael Fimognari’s adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher might be Netflix’s most disturbing horror yet – with viewers saying they were ‘unable to sleep’ after watching it.
The much-anticipated American mini-series – based on Poe’s short story from 1839 – follows siblings Roderick and Madeline Usher, who have built a pharmaceutical company into an empire of wealth, privilege and power.
Roderick’s six children ruthlessly yearn for a slice of the Usher fortune – earning the show’s comparison to Succession – but the dynasty starts to crumble when the heirs to the Usher dynasty start dying, leading to a fight for survival.
While the gripping tale has earned praise from viewers and critics, with a 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes – many say they were left upset by the disturbing scenes.
Following its release earlier this month, horror fans have branded the series ‘gruesome’ and ‘gory’ after viewing graphic depictions of animal cruelty, suicide, and incest.
Viewers watching Netflix’s adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s book The Fall of the House of Usher say they were left ‘so scared’ after watching disturbing scenes
Netflix’s synopsis of the eight-episode horror series explains: ‘To secure their fortune – and future – two ruthless siblings build a family dynasty that begins to crumble when their heirs mysteriously die, one by one.’
The series stars the likes of The Haunting of Hill House and Bly Manor actors Carla Gugino and Kate Siegel, Thirteen Days star Bruce Greenwood and Friday Night Light’s Zach Gilford.
With death a common theme, reviews of the horror series recognise the disturbing elements to the show.
Nuha Hassan of Flip Screen said: ‘The series is different from the previous iterations of horror stories Flanagan has adapted; it’s darker and gorier, focused on the characters’ disturbing deaths.’
Similarly, Richard Roper of Chicago Sun-Times said: ‘There are numerous scenes that elicit instant goosebumps…’
In We Got This Covered, Scott Campbell wrote: ‘Mike Flanagan bids farewell to Netflix with what might just be his finest series yet; The Fall of the House of Usher is dripping in atmosphere, shivers, and subtext that sends the filmmaker out on the highest of highs.’
Likewise, fans have taken to X (formerly known as Twitter) to share their thoughts of the ‘very dark’ and ‘gory’ show.
Horror fans have branded the new series ‘very dark’ and ‘gory’ as they issued a warning to others planning to watch it
Scenes of animal cruelty are seen in the series, which aired on Netflix last month – and in time for Halloween
One user simply wrote: ‘This ruined me.’
Another added: ‘The Fall of the House of Usher is scary but also good, so I want to just binge but I’m so scared.’
A third said: ‘The fall of the House of Usher is Succession with horror on acid.’
A fourth wrote: ‘Started ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ last night & woke up at 3a from the scariest dream of my life & couldn’t go back to sleep. Lesson learned – no scary shows w/o having a man in my house
Another user said: ‘The fall of the house of usher is so scary to me I’m literally hiding behind my pillow everytime Roderick is sitting in that chair talking to Dupin.’
Fans flocked to social media to share their thoughts on the new Netflix horror, and many were left terrified
A sixth added: ‘The Fall of the House of Usher is decadently gruesome and gory.’
‘Watched The Fall of the House of Usher. It’s very good. Just watch it.
‘I won’t say anything. It is VERY dark though.
‘Too many content warnings to name so, be warned,’ another horror fan explained.
One said: ‘Wow. ‘Fall of the House of Usher’ was really good. Very disturbing and quite gorey, but good. I’m going to be thinking about it for a long time.
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