The spectacle of Mike Flanagan’s The Fall of the House of Usher is plain. It’s lush and richly produced, a reinterpretation of Poe’s works that won’t provide a lot that’s totally different regarding the plotlines of the built-in tales, however nonetheless presents an extremely satisfying viewing expertise. However Usher isn’t the one spooky show that Flanagan’s made, and never even the only one he’s made for Netflix.
And, truthfully, in case you’re one of many estimated thousands and thousands of people that took Usher for a spin over the past two weeks, possibly you’re on the lookout for extra Flanagan. I wouldn’t blame you. Let’s chat horror.
First, Midnight Mass. You may need missed this when it first got here out, because it was a wierd type of sluggish construct, nevertheless it’s oh so price it. When it premiered, it was actually the one factor I talked about for weeks. With a condensed island setting, rigidity drawn from a predator at midnight, and a superb spin on the vampire legend, the present despatched me careening over the sting. If you need to select one Flanagan present to get you thru the season, I believe Midnight Mass is my private favourite.
Then, after all, now we have the 2 collection that took Flanagan from being merely a author of excellent horror to an unmissable auteur: The Haunting of Hill Home and The Haunting of Bly Manor. The Hauntings are ghost tales infused with household rigidity and worry of place, turning issues that ought to be cozy and comforting into arenas for thoughts, physique, and soul. Hill Home was tailored from a Shirley Jackson novel, and if Flanagan’s reimagining was adequate for Stephen King and Quentin Tarantino, it’ll most likely be adequate to ship you to mattress together with your lights on.
Bly Manor’s supply is a bit more obscured; it’s largely an adaption of The Flip of the Screw by Henry James, however contains dramatic nods to a few of James’ different works. It’s one other collection that retains twisting expectations, offering gut-churning reveals as household drama after household drama provides to the horror of their ghostly house.
Moreover, two of Stephen King’s works have been tailored by Flanagan as nicely! Gerald’s Sport—a tense, erotic horror-thriller alongside the traces of Fundamental Intuition—was launched in 2017, and it’s best to positively learn what’s on the tin of this one. It’s deeply fucked up, however it’s extremely good, and obtainable on Netflix.
Flanagan was additionally given a troublesome process when he was tapped to screenwrite and direct Physician Sleep, the sequel to The Shining. Most likely hampered by a number of the expectations that come from following up a Kubrick movie and arguably considered one of Stephen King’s masterpieces, Physician Sleep is nonetheless a strong, introspective horror movie. It simply takes some time to get there. It’s streaming on Hulu.
And, look, in case you’ve received some children round and also you don’t wish to go full Flanagan, there’s The Midnight Membership (one other Netflix launch). It’s geared towards younger adults and the horror continues to be extraordinarily tense, however the vibes are a little bit extra foolish. It’s not my favourite Flanagan, nevertheless it says one thing necessary about legacy, youth, and what we are able to deliver with us once we can’t be chargeable for different folks’s feelings.
So, Flanafam, what horror story are you letting into your own home this month?
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