Mike Flanagan has created four horror television series for Netflix so far – The Haunting of Hill House, Chasing Bly Manor, Midnight Massand The Midnight Club. His work is known for using horror to explore trauma, death, and love without a massive amount of blood or startle response (apart from The Midnight Club episode that broke the Guinness World Record). However, Flanagan’s next project is to raise the bar on blood and blood.
In an interview with Den of GeekFlanagan reveals that his next series, The Fall of the House of Usher, is a major departure from the gothic horror with which he is usually associated, describing the upcoming series as “sort of our first proper swing at giallo.”
Giallo horror is a genre of Italian cinema that was developed in the mid-late 1960s and has a distinctive visual style with vibrant colors, disorienting framing and strong shadows. Giallo films rely heavily on the psychological horror aspects of the murder mystery genre. They are still “whodunnits” but focus more on the spectacle of death and the crimes committed than the traditional detective story. If you’ve seen the movies of Mario Bava and Dario Argento, you’re probably familiar with this style.
Because of how gory and gruesome the death scenes are, coupled with how the films shroud the killer in mystery, giallo is often considered the precursor to the slasher genre. Madness, sexuality, and paranoia are the main psychological themes here, so it’s fitting that Flanagan would choose giallo as a way to dig into Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.”