The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher

Roger Corman (1960)

78min
X Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The huge success of this elegant tale of foreboding horror, based on an Edgar Allan Poe story of substance (unlike later interpretations such as The Raven), cemented director Roger Corman's artistic style. Not only did the movie spawn a series of opulent Poe adaptations, but it was also responsible for developing Vincent Price's "Master of the Macabre" persona, which would remain associated with the actor for the remainder of his career. Price is superb as the white-haired, hypersensitive recluse Roderick Usher, who buries his sister alive because of a demented obsession with his ancestors. Lavishly produced and visually gorgeous (thanks to the atmospheric photography of Floyd Crosby), Corman's gothic creepfest is still scary after all these years.

Summary

A man visits his aristocratic fiancee's ancestral home, to be confronted with her deranged brother, whom he begins to suspect has deliberately buried her alive. Roger Corman's horror based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story, starring Vincent Price, Mark Damon and Myrna Fahey.

Cast & Crew

Roderick Usher Vincent Price
Philip Winthrop Mark Damon
Madeline Usher Myrna Fahey
Bristol Harry Ellerbe
Director Roger Corman

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: George Ivan BarnettGuidance: Contains some violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama