Yes, “The Masque of the Red Death” ended up being a particularly timely adaptation; behind-the-scenes photos show the crew and creative team wearing masks of their own, due to the COVID-19 production policies that were still in place when “The Fall of the House of Usher” was filming. And the story’s influence can be seen not only in the second episode, but across the entire series. Just as each of the seven rooms in Prospero’s castle has a distinctive color palette — blue, purple, green, orange, white, violet, and finally a combination of black and blood-red — each of the Ushers was assigned a specific color.
“One of the really cool things that Mike [Flanagan] brought in from the beginning was color,” Kelsey explained in an interview for The Credits. “Camille is silver, Leo is yellow, Victorine is orange, Perry is red, Frederick’s blue.” Roderick and Madeline are linked with gold and purple, respectively, and Tamerlane is surrounded by the color green.
Linking the characters to particular colors was easily achievable through collaboration with costume designer Terry Anderson and cinematographer Michael Fimognari. Faithfully transforming the layout of Prince Prospero’s complex castle into a run-down old warehouse required a deeper dive — along with some creative interpretation.