“The Fall of the House of Usher” with an unforgettable storyline and ensemble cast is a true masterpiece. Critics and audiences have commended Mike Flanagan’s ability to infuse the series with his signature style of creepy imagery, effective jump scares, and ample tension. The series, as described by Olly Dyche of MovieWeb, not only delivers on horror elements but excels in character drama, creating a deeply engaging mystery that keeps audiences hooked until the final moments.
Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, and Mark Hamill have received accolades for their performances, with critics singling them out for their exceptional contributions to the series. The production values, including directing and editing, have also been applauded, adding a layer of sophistication to the storytelling.
Without any doubt, “The Fall of the House of Usher” became the most-watched English-language fiction series in its debut week. The following week witnessed its continued success, securing its position as the second most-watched series, with a staggering 7.9 million views.
The critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes stands at an impressive 90%, with an average rating of 7.9/10 from 105 critics. Its verdict praises the series for presenting vintage Poe stories through the lens of director Mike Flanagan, describing the series as a delight for horror fans. Whereas Metacritic, utilizing a weighted average, awarded the series a score of 73 out of 100, indicating generally favourable reviews.
While the majority of reviews lean towards the positive, some critics have expressed mixed opinions. Ben Travers of IndieWire, while giving the series a B-, acknowledges the series’ allegorical elements, highlighting its visceral impact despite being a somewhat blunt allegory. However, Aja Romano of Vox criticizes the series for its inability to seamlessly blend various source materials, noting a lack of passion that is quintessential to Poe’s works.