The Fall of the Home of Usher is filmmaker Mike Flanagan’s gloriously morbid remix of writer Edgar Allen Poe’s best-known tales and poems, and it’s successful raves from critics (with a 92 % rating on Rotten Tomatoes). Even these completely unfamiliar with Poe most likely discovered some glimmer of recognition amid the present’s nods to his best-known tales — comparable to “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Raven” and “The Cask of Amontillado” — given how Poe’s tales have threaded by means of popular culture over the past 175 years or so.
However even Poe superfans most likely couldn’t spot all the references — as a result of there are dozens scattered all through the present’s eight Gothic episodes.
So right here they’re (The Hollywood Reporter compiled this primarily based on notes provided by the present’s manufacturing crew — I’m not going to faux to be this sensible; additionally, there’s all the time an opportunity that just a few references had been nonetheless missed). Word additionally there are spoilers beneath, so when you haven’t completed watching the collection, which dropped Oct. 12, contemplate doing that first after which return to this story.
Roderick Usher (Bruce Greenwood/Zach Gilford) – primarily based on “The Fall of the Home of Usher.”
Madeline Usher (Mary McDonnell/Willa Fitzgerald) – primarily based on “The Fall of the Home of Usher.”
Verna (Carla Gugino) – her title is an anagram for Raven!
Auguste Dupin (Carl Lumbly) – title comes from Poe’s newbie detective character in three of his tales.
Arthur Pym (Mark Hamill) – from “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.” His character and story additionally characterize the widespread theme of comeuppance in Poe’s work.
Frederick Usher (Henry Thomas) – Frederick’s title is taken from the story “Metzengerstein.”
Morella “Morrie” Usher (Crystal Balint) – her title is taken from “Morella.”
Lenore (Kyliegh Curran) – title comes from the poem “Lenore” and is utilized in “The Raven.”
Tamerlane Usher (Samantha Sloyan) – her title is taken from “Tamerlane.” Her story of abandoning love for ambition additionally ties again to this story.
William T Wilson aka “Invoice” (Matt Biedel) – title comes from the story “William Wilson.”
Victorine Lafourcade (T’Nia Miller) – her title comes from the story “The Untimely Burial.”
Camille L’Espanaye (Kate Siegel) – named after the character from “The Murders of the Rue Morgue.”
Napoleon “Leo” Usher (Rahul Kohli) – his title derives from “The Spectacles.”
Prospero “Perry” Usher (Sauriyan Sloyan) – title comes from “The Masque of the Crimson Demise.”
Annabel Lee (Katie Parker) – primarily based on the poem of the identical title and symbolizes the widespread theme of misplaced love in Poe’s work.
Episode 1: “A Midnight Dreary”
Fortunato – the corporate’s title comes from “The Cask of Amontillado” antagonist (or ill-fated protagonist, relying in your standpoint).
Dupin is an newbie detective in three of Poe’s tales.
Home of Usher – Dupin listening to Roderick’s confession all through the midpoint dialog (current time) is reflective of the narrator in “The Fall of the Home of Usher” story.
Longfellow – is called after one other poet throughout Poe’s time.
Eliza – is called after Poe’s mom. Her story of being buried alive was impressed by “The Untimely Burial.”
Ligodone – title was derived from “Ligeria,” an early Poe quick story.
Tamerlane’s story and loss of life is definitely primarily based on the quick story “William Wilson.” The present makes use of used the title for her husband Invoice.
Goldbug – the manufacturing simply used the visible from the story “The Gold-Bug” for Tamerlane’s title and emblem for her firm.
Victorine’s story and loss of life relies on “The Inform-Story Coronary heart,” however the animal testing she does on chimps ties again to “The Murders of the Rue Morgue.”
Roderick and Madeline’s Egyptian artifacts are references to “Some Phrases With a Mummy.”
Episode 2: “The Masque of the Crimson Demise”
Perry’s grotesque loss of life is clearly primarily based on “The Masque of the Crimson Demise.”
Toby’s character title and the dialogue “Toby Dammit” are from “By no means Wager the Satan Your Head” during which the character’s title is “Toby Dammit.”
From the crew: “Through the 1979 timeline, the thematics and concept of being completed in by one’s personal hubris, ties again to “Metzengerstein.” The present nods to it every time Roderick takes Dupin again to that point interval.”
Rufus Griswold was Poe’s nemesis and wrote a scathing eulogy for him below a pseudonym.
The title Metzer (chemist) is shortened from “Metzengerstein.”
Landor Pharma – The title is taken from Poe’s “Landor’s Cottage.”
Madeline’s AI – From the manufacturing crew: “The thought stemmed from a contemporary model of loss of life by entombment, which was a typical prevalence in Poe’s work. The thought being that your thoughts is uploaded to a ‘cloud’ like database however your physique is gone. Got here from the dialogue after studying ‘The Untimely Burial.’”
Madeline’s Egyptian artifacts are references to “Some Phrases with a Mummy.”
The Grampus references again to the boat in “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.”
Frederick’s claustrophobia ties again to the character in “The Pit and the Pendulum.”
Episode 3: “The Murders of The Rue Morgue”
Camille’s loss of life relies on “The Murders of The Rue Morgue.”
Younger Roderick recites the poem “Annabel Lee” in dialogue.
Verna’s title tag because the safety guard “Le Bon” is utilized in “Rue Morgue.”
Episode 4: “The Black Cat”
Leo’s loss of life relies on the story “The Black Cat.”
Brevet – a reputation utilized in “The Man Who Was Used Up.”
Episode 5: “The Inform-Story Coronary heart”
Victorine’s loss of life relies on “The Inform-Story Coronary heart.”
The dialogue the preacher speaks on the funeral are verses from “Spirits of the Useless.”
Episode 6: “Goldbug”
Tamerlane’s story and loss of life relies on “William Wilson.”
The sapphire eyes are impressed by “Some Phrases With a Mummy.”
Roderick’s backstory on Pym is impressed by “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.”
Episode 7: “The Pit and the Pendulum”
Frederick’s loss of life relies on “The Pit and the Pendulum.”
Roderick recites the poem “Annabel Lee” to Dupin.
Frederick’s deal with Morrie’s smile and ripping out her enamel is impressed by “Berenice.”
The poem Verna recites to Madeline is Poe’s “The Metropolis by the Sea.”
Episode 8: “The Raven”
Roderick recites verses from the poem “Annabel Lee” to Dupin.
The bricking in of Gris relies on “The Cask of Amontillado.”
After Lenore dies, the scene during which a raven seems earlier than Roderick at his property relies on “The Raven.” The reveal of the texts Roderick has been receiving that say variations of “nevermore” are additionally tied to the story.
The mummification of Madeline is impressed by “Some Phrases With a Mummy” and “The Fall of the Home of Usher.” The collapse of the home and loss of life of Roderick and Madeline are primarily based on “The Fall of the Home of Usher.”