Netflix has invited horror fans to “Meet the Ushers” of their upcoming series The Fall of the House of Usher a few weeks ahead of the series premiere.
The eight-episode series inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe, receives its title from the short story of the same name originally published in 1893. Mike Flanagan, the horror giant behind other terrifying series such as Midnight Mass and The Haunting of Hill House, describes the limited series as a “modern remix” of some of Poe’s most well-known stories.
The limited series follows siblings Roderick (Bruce Greenwood) and Madeline Usher (Mary McDonnell), who have built Fortunato Pharmaceuticals into an empire. However, as is often the case in Poe’s works, past secrets come to light when the heirs to the Usher dynasty — Frederick, Tamerlane, Napoleon, Camille, Victorine, and Prospero — die at the hands of a mysterious woman from the siblings’ youth.
This scene showcases a time when all the Usher heirs were still alive and thriving under their father’s fortune and gives audiences looking forward to the series an idea of the family dynamic at hand for the Ushers.
The Fall of the House of Usher premieres October 12 on Netflix. Check back with Nerds & Beyond for a review of the miniseries and episodic recaps here.