Barely a week after Netflix announced it had commissioned a new Edgar Allan Poe inspired limited series from Midnight Mass creator Mike Flanagan, the man himself has given fans a taste of what to expect. Speaking to Bloody Disgusting, Flanagan revealed that he would be taking a departure from his usual slow-burn approach.
"A lot of the stuff I do is a slow burn. The Fall of the House of Usher is a brush fire. It is an explosion. It is as aggressive and rock 'n roll and over the top and just violent and insane and horrific as anything I have ever done... by a lot. We're gonna pull all the all stars from the Intrepid group of actors and some great new faces and we're just gonna f***ing jam."
After several intense projects like Doctor Sleep, The Haunting of Hill House, Bly Manor and Midnight Mass, Flanagan spoke about how this was an opportunity for him to "blow off steam after five very emotional years."
"We want just buckets of blood pouring out of the ceiling on page two. And we're just gonna go ballistic. And we're gonna do it all to the music of one of the most intensely effective gothic horror writers. This is what we've been craving. A chance to just go ballistic on something. The entire catalogue of Poe is wide open. It's all public domain. We can cherry-pick whatever we want and put it into one giant, crazy, heavy metal riff that's just blood-soaked and wild. In a sense, we get to blow off steam after five very emotional years. And it lets me play in a corner of the genre I haven't gotten to play in for a long time. It's a relief, really. It's fun to have fun."
For a horror fan like me, this sounds like a dream (or waking nightmare) come true, Poe's notoriously macabre stories mixed with Flanagan's filmmaking take my money already. Well, it's Netflix; they already get their monthly subscription fee, so continue to take my money already.
Before Fall of the House of Usher, Flanagan already has his next limited series for Netflix underway with The Midnight Club. While it might sound like a follow-up to Midnight Mass, The Midnight Club is an entirely new proposition altogether. Set at a hospice for young people with a terminal illness, a group of patients form a close bond and make a promise that the first one to die will contact them from the other side. When one of the group succumbs to their illness, all manner of strange goings-on begins to occur. Featuring Zach Gilford, Matt Biedel, Samantha Sloyan, and A Nightmare on Elm Street star Heather Langenkamp, The Midnight Club arrives on Netflix sometime next year.