Netflix’s Fall of the House of Usher launched on the streaming service just in time to celebrate Halloween season. The show follows the titular family as disaster after disaster befalls them thanks to a bargain the patriarch Roderick and his sister Madeline made decades ago.
Each episode treats us to a character study of one of these family members, while also slowly unveiling more of Roderick and Madeline’s past which led them to this point. Not unlike Succession this is a story of how greed and power corrupt almost completely, but also how people can break that cycle and make real change.
Like the other Mike Flannagan Netflix shows that have adapted classic horror literature — and even other Netflix adaptations like Castlevania: Nocturne — Fall of the House of Usher has a pretty diverse cast, and definitely has the most queer characters out of any of these shows so far. The straight characters are actually completely outnumbered, and we’re treated to several representations of queerness across the series, though all of it is deeply steeped in horror.
Every LGBTQ+ character in Netflix’s Fall of the House of Usher
- Dr. Alessandra Ruiz – she/her, lesbian
- Victorine Usher – she/her, lesbian
- Napoleon “Leo” Usher – he/him, bi or pan
- Prospero Usher – he/him, bi or pan
- Camille Usher – she/her, bi or pan
- Auguste Dupin – he/him, gay