Netflix has got in on the (gay) spooky season spirit with The Fall of the House of Usher.
The final contribution to the streamer from filmmaker Mike Flanagan, creator of the Flanaverse, premiered on Netflix on 12 October.
Loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s poem of the same name, The Fall of the House of Usher is going viral online for how queer it is.
The show follows Roderick Usher (Bruce Greenwood), the billionaire head of a corrupt pharmaceutical company who is forced to face his past when all six of his children die in brutal and unexplained ways.
In similar vein to Flanagan’s previous series for Netflix, particularly The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor, queerness is normalised within the narrative. However, what sets this series apart is the sheer amount of characters who identify under the rainbow umbrella.
There’s Flanagan’s frequent collaborator (and wife) Kate Siegel, who plays Camille L’Espanaye, a bisexual PR manager and one of Roderick’s illegitimate children.
Starring alongside her is T’Nia Moller’s Victorine, who is also a lesbian in the show and the eldest of Roderick’s illegitimate children, as well as a gifted surgeon. She has a partner and co-worker in Dr Alessandra Ruiz, played by Paola Núñez.
There’s also Rahul Kohli’s character, Napoleon “Leo” Usher”, another illegitimate child (and drug addict) who is in a complicated relationship with Julius (Daniel Jun). Additionally, Carl Lumbly’s C. Auguste Dupin mentions that he has a husband. See? Very queer!
The Fall of the House of Usher has received a 90 per cent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Fans cannot get enough of the queertopia, with one saying that Flanagan’s latest Netflix series is “about what would happen if an entire family was bisexual”.
Another fan said: “All of the women in The Fall of the House of Usher being sapphic was just so real for me.”
Scroll below for more fan reactions.
finally got to finish the fall of the house of usher and well pic.twitter.com/rYeDjgMqzT
— ' (@milfji_) October 15, 2023
The Fall of the House of Usher (2023) pic.twitter.com/3UAfkWtRzg
— Dylan (@MaidJuno) October 12, 2023
the fall of the house of usher: https://t.co/JPTcXxl4MP
— elmo 🇩🇴 (@bruisesoffpeach) October 13, 2023
one thing about the fall of the house of usher: women pic.twitter.com/IahaKvxKI8
— noa (@evergilmores) October 14, 2023
the fall of the house of usher is a show about what would happen if an entire family was bisexual https://t.co/Fwyq0IPyHm
— sappy (@sappy_sappho1) October 14, 2023
kate siegel playing camille l'espanaye in the fall of the house of usher just unlocked something in me pic.twitter.com/cuiPty2xhI
— nathh usher (@anittxsiegel) October 14, 2023
#TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher marks the end of Mike Flanagan's exclusive contract with Netflix, here's my rank:
1. The Haunting of Hill House
2. The Fall of The House of Usher
3. Midnight Mass
4. Gerald's Game
5. The Haunting of Bly Manor
6. The Midnight Club pic.twitter.com/UcHYCYY6wZ
— Fega Budisatria (@fegabudisatria) October 14, 2023
just finished the fall of the house of usher and god it was too good
mike flanagan you are everything pic.twitter.com/BwTPsEOgka
— eros 🎃🕸 (@screamsivann) October 14, 2023
“i watched the fall of the house of usher for the plot”
the plot in question: pic.twitter.com/ojODgW5jUs
— marie lina || tfothou #1 stan (@enigmartpop) October 15, 2023
all of the women in fall of the house of usher being sapphic was just so real to me pic.twitter.com/YL8AqBP1WG
— Jordy 👻 (@EV3RGR33N__) October 13, 2023
willa fitzgerald my mean lesbian in the fall of the house of usher pic.twitter.com/26p3GEPWek
— heroina do lixo (@heroinadolixo) October 13, 2023
the fall of the house of usher being very gay is so funny. mike flanagan and kate siegel really do just think about how they please the gays 24/7
— Jordy 👻 (@EV3RGR33N__) October 11, 2023
I’m late to the Fall of the House of Usher hype, but I promise this show is a sick and gory romp that gets right to the chase. Mind-blowing deaths, wild sex, lying, cheating, grossly sick bastards — all the goodies. Mike Flanagan took tricky source material and made it his own. pic.twitter.com/gyk75YGnSL
— Quoth the Raven 🐦⬛ (@raventbrunner) October 8, 2023
watching the fall of the house of usher and omg everyone is so gay i love it
— kk. (@deuxcherie) October 15, 2023
Watched the first two eps of THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER. Somehow even better than the hype. It's devilishly funny, horny as all hell, and has an insanely well-deployed NIN needle drop in Ep2. Feels like I am being targeted by @flanaganfilm.
— Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerRIP) October 13, 2023
The Fall of the House of Usher is available to stream on Netflix