THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER REVIEW
Every Hallow’s eve the corporate ghouls and ghosts gather in the stream from hell to celebrate the return of Michael Flanagan to Netflix. Last year the master of horror gathered inspiration from one of the most diabolical existential hauntings that have plagued mankind’s existence, terminal illness. This year, Flanagan manifests the works of Edgar Allan Poe into our modern day with The Fall of the House of Usher. When the show begins, Roderick Usher (Bruce Greenwood) and Madeline Usher (Mary McDonnell) are the only surviving Ushers. Roderick’s children Frederick (Henry Thomas) Leo (Rahul Kohli) Tameraine (Samantha Sloyan) Morella (Crystal Balint) Perry (Sauriyan Sapkota) and Camille (Katie Siegel) have all had recently sudden and untimely ends that would at first glance appear to be freakish accidents and tragic suicides. The family fixer Arthur Pym (Mark Hamill) has linked a mysterious woman to each death to whom he has given the moniker Verna (Carla Gugino). Roderick in all his grief calls upon a man he once called friend, C. Auguste Dupin (Carl Lumbly) to reflect on his life and the decisions he and his sister Madeline made to survive as orphaned siblings and thrive as corporate billionaires. Mindy and Melina geek out over there shared knowledge of Poe and the many hidden and in your face easter eggs spread throughout the 8 episode tale, while Bradly praises the return of Flanagan’s favourite cast members. His Flanacast if you will. The hard hitting Flanagangsters. There and FlanAgain, a Netflix journey. The FlanaFamilagains. Post your Flanagan cast name in the comments below!
CREATED BY: Mike Flanagan
STARRING: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Graham Verchere, Lincoln Russo, Mary McDonnell, Zach Gilford, Willa Fitzgerald, Lulu Wilson, Kate Whiddington, Henry Thomas, William Kosovic, Kate Siegel, Rahul Kohli, Samantha Sloyan, T’Nia Miller, Michael Trucco, Katie Parker, Sauriyan Sapkota, Matt Biedel, Crystal Balint, Ruth Codd, Kyliegh Curran, Carl Lumbly, Malcolm Goodwin, Mark Hamill, Annabeth Gish, Paola Nuñez, Igby Rigney, Aya Furukawa, Daniel Jun, Sarah-Jane Redmond, Nicholas Lea, Molly C. Quinn, JayR Tinaco
Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)
Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.
Melina Eames (Screener Squad)
Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Spill.com. Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.
Mindy Rast-Keenan (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, and being very disappointed at the lack of riding elephants her cartoons had promised her, Mindy spends the majority of her time as a film, theater, and voice over actress in the Austin, Texas area. They still give her money for being on HBO that one time, with her name in the credits spelled wrong. A nerdy geek, this award-winning actress joined One of Us figuring she’d put her summa cum laude BFA acting degree to good use…by judging other people’s acting. In the few seconds she gets to herself, Mindy bakes for charity, knits eccentric plushies, plays original RPG’s with her gamemaster husband, and spends time with her soulmate, Batman.
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