We discuss the loose mishmash adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe stories that makes up Mike Flanagan’s Netflix show, The Fall of the House of Usher. Mark, Lawrence, Sarahlyn, and Al talk about the various creative choices, moral responsibility in the show, the relation between gothic and camp, Poe’s continued standing as horror icon, Flanagan’s other films and shows (e.g. The Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Mass, Doctor Sleep), how Flanagan’s work fits into the horror genre, and the spate of pharmaceutical outrage media. Is this show any more “high art” despite its Poe origins than the intentionally trashy American Horror Story?
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Audio editing by Tyler Hislop of Pixel Box Media.