“Is ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ too terrifying for a scaredy cat?” links

I need someone to tell me if The Fall of the House of Usher is too much for a scaredy cat like me. Is it truly terrifying or is it more gothic-vibe horror? [Pajiba]
While this is funny, please don’t do this to your poor dog. [OMG Blog]
Added detail: Britney Spears was only 18/19 years old when Justin Timberlake got her pregnant, in 2000. Yikes. [LaineyGossip]
Ashley Park is such a showgirl. [Go Fug Yourself]
Was Kristin Cavallari in love with Travis Kelce? [Just Jared]
Michigan abortion providers & the state need to fix this. [Jezebel]
Hannah Waddingham wore Tom Ford… eh. [RCFA]
Tom Cruise was almost in Days of Our Lives. [Seriously OMG]
Alessandra Ambrosio was in Abu Dhabi! [Egotastic]
The reasons why some people are still single. [Buzzfeed]
Meatball Ron DeSantis is causing kids to drop out of college. [Towleroad]
RHOC’s Shannon Beador talks about her hit-and-run.[Socialite Life]

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  1. Vanessa says:

    House of usher is amazing Mike did a incredible job the acting was top notched the storyline was amazing.

  2. seaflower says:

    I’m an absolute scaredy cat with anything horror or spooky etc. I have never watched anything even vaguely scary. I loved The Fall of the House of Usher. I wasn’t going to watch it, and only saw the netflix preview by mistake. I enjoyed it. Amazing performances, great story with really pointed plot points.

  3. Rachel says:

    I really enjoyed Fall of the House of Usher. I had a cold and binge watched the whole thing from bed. It doesn’t directly follow the short story by Poe, but rather is a mash up of various of his stories and symbols, etc. The cast is excellent and they tie the whole thing together really well. I would say that the deaths are more on the graphic side – but they are not the focal point of each episode, if you know what I mean. They get through the deaths pretty quickly. Anyway, I highly recommend for folks that like the atmospheric/gothic with a horror twist. Super good for spooky season.

  4. Jen says:

    I’m not really understanding the “Yikes” in reference to Britney’s revelation that she got pregnant at 18/19 by Justin and had an abortion. It’s a new detail, but it doesn’t really change impressions of either of them from that time period.

    • Green Desert says:

      Yes – Justin’s just a year older than her, so it’s not yikes in that respect. It does take two to get pregnant. There’s a lot to criticize Justin about, I don’t think dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and wanting an abortion is one of them.

      • Arizona says:

        I think it was the best decision for both of them at the time, but how he dealt with it and the aftermath of their relationship is the problem.

  5. Ben says:

    It’s more a Gothic vibe not horror. Excellent cast, production value, script, character development and direction. I don’t know how Mike Flanagan doesn’t have as much fame as messy and toxic work environment supporter Ryan Murphy. Flanagan work is smart, coherent, cohesive with high standards on cast, storytelling and production.

    BTW the actress that played young Madeline Usher runs circles around Emma Roberts.

    • Deering24 says:

      Heh–Usher is kinda like American Horror Story and Succession having one weird-ass kid. But Flanagan is about more than water cooler moments and gross-outs. And, agreed–Willa Fitzgerald was terrific here.

    • Bread and Circuses says:

      Midnight Mass is about the best thing I’ve watched in a decade, so I’m very much wondering also why this guy isn’t more famous and revered. He’s working with great people, obviously, but every single element is fantastic, so it’s more than just luck.

  6. Michael says:

    I concur with everybody else that The Fall of the House of Usher is EXCELLENT and very well written and super good acting all around. Especially From Mark Hamill and Carla Gugino. There are some really scary parts but not like the cheap scares. They are earned. The last episode is particularly good. Best to binge on a weekend or watch an episode per day in the dark.

  7. L84Tea says:

    I just need to know how it measures up on the scary scale to “The Haunting of Hill House”. I didn’t care for Bly Manor and Midnight Mass was more disturbing than scary to me. But Hill House terrified me at a level that I didn’t think was possible in me anymore.

    • Ang says:

      I agree, Hill House had some really terrifying moments for me too. I also didn’t really care for Bly Manor, but Hill House I’ve already watched again this year and might every fall from now on.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Is that the one with the breathing walls? Scared the bejeezus out of me when I was a kid. Granted, I’m talking about the original; saw it on TV. Also as a kid, my hometown would show a Vincent Price double-feature for Halloween at one of the two movie theaters: Fall of the House of Usher & the Hound of the Baskervilles. They encouraged kids to dress up in their Halloween costumes; it was fun!

      So I could handle those kinds of ‘scary movies’ as a kid, you may be able to see the modern ones as an adult. Or try the earlier versions first to take the surprise out of things? Or read the original Poe. I don’t think anything based on Poe is going to be too horrifying, he was really the master of suspense more than anything.

    • Josephine says:

      Definitely not as scary as Hill House. There are a few jump scares in that one of the main characters has “visions” but overall it’s more of a mystery with some supernatural elements.

    • lucy2 says:

      Hill House was so scary I couldn’t watch it at night. I rewatched it like a year later and was still scared even though I knew what was coming!
      Usher wasn’t scary to me. Neither was Blythe Manor. Both very good and interesting, but not terrifying like Hill House.

  8. Deering24 says:

    TFOTHOU is terrific. Straight-up. Some of the best TV I’ve seen in a while. And it’s not just a death-fest. It is a very incisive study of the 1% as what Japanese culture would call “hungry ghosts”…people who can either never be satisfied, or they are raised not to be. (Hello, the Sackler family. 🤮) It’s also a great examination of how easy it is to bargain away morality for the “safety” that power and money are supposed to bring you. Or for the love your parents can’t give you. (Ironically, none of the Ushers ever feel safe, or successful, or truly happy–forget loved.) And what’s truly scary about it is that they all could have done so much good with their potential–but can’t or won’t learn how. The performances are wonderful; the plotting is tight (though it sags a bit in the Black Cat midsection)–and the dialogue is killer. (Madeline’s speech about how the rich are responsible for feeding everyone’s appetite for unaffordable lifestyles–then get angry that they can’t control everyone–is a beauty.) I’ve only seen Doctor Sleep by Flanagan, so I need to check out his other work.

  9. LeaTheFrench says:

    It’s not scary – and I get scared easily. It has more of a gothic vibe with a good contemporary twist, and all the Poe references are making it an extra delight. The acting is excellent – so good to see Carla Gugino again! The dialogues are sharp and smart, the directing is precise, there are no gratuitious jump scares, and it’s a good commentary on the 1% . I really enjoyed it.

  10. BW says:

    I’m a scardy cat, and I loved TFOTHOU. It’s definitely more of a gothic vibe. I wasn’t going to watch it at first, because I hate it when they modernize Shakespeare, for example. But they did a really good job taking the Poe stories and shoehorning them into a completely modern story. I really liked it.

  11. Mireille says:

    I’m not a horror film/TV series fan, but I will watch anything that has Bruce Greenwood in it.

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    • lucy2 says:

      I was doing some other stuff while watching, so I was mostly listening for some scenes. Bruce Greenwood sounded so much like Harrison Ford, I kept looking up, expecting him to be there!

  12. Mel says:

    I’m interested in watching the Fall of the House of Usher, but if it’s gory or any animal killings , someone PLEASE let me know. I can’t watch that.

    • seaflower says:

      There is some gore in each episode but it’s right at the end so easy to skip past. You will want to avoid the sections of the Black Cat episode with Leo.

      • Deering24 says:

        You might want to miss The Tell-Tale Heart–and the last fifteen of Murders In the Rue Morgue, which center around medical experiments on animals. 😳

  13. MaryContrary says:

    Ashley Park is so great-and as much as I love Only Murders, she was so underutilized.

  14. Christine says:

    Thank you, Kaiser, for the Cerberus dog costume, from the bottom of my heart!!! I needed to laugh.

    My dogs are about 7 lbs and 20 lbs, and I am positive the little one would eat my face off if I tried to do this to her, but it is hilarious in photo form!

  15. Dlc says:

    I know threadjacking is frowned upon, but I can’t wait to I talk about Goops newest interview! Data collection is talking to your friends and no one has written a book on being a step parent! Don’t ever change, you pretentious, unintentionally hilarious idiot!

  16. Saschafrom76 says:

    Some of it is too gross and gory wish it wasn’t it’s good