The Fall of the House of Usher (Midnite Movies)
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Anyway, the film starts off with Philip riding up to a massive, dark, and as we find out later, crumbly house of Usher. The grounds around the house show no signs of life, but only death and decay. The house actually looks a lot like the creepy house you always see that the beginning of those old Scooby Doo cartoons. Seems he's come to see about his fiancée Madeline, as they had met in Boston where they both lived, and she has since returned home.Read more ›
Price plays Roderick Usher, a hauntingly pale and eccentric artist with a strange ailment, with great class. A little indulgent sometimes, like Price always was, but always charming and believable. I only regret that there wasn't more play with Usher's sensitivity for the senses, and that an actual lute player hadn't provided a soundtrack, instead of Price's awful attempts to portray himself as a great musical composer while obviously having no clue how to play the instrument.
This film is most valuable for its imagery and its "special effects" however. The decayed and "misty" settings are fantastic, and so are the paintings of the Usher family and the mansion itself, which seems to have been used in several films. For the burning scene, Corman actually rushed over to film a burning house that had been reported over the radio. A low-budget masterpiece!
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The Midnite Movie DVD release of Usher from MGM runs 79 minutes and has a really nice widescreen transfer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by anonymous
My favorite telling of Poe's story. Vincent Price shines as the tortured and very off Roderick Usher. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Harvey G. Linkous
Vincent Price plays Roderick Usher, a man in a family that is plagued by ill health and numerous "criminals". Read morePublished 7 months ago by Leland
Roderick Usher (Vincent Price) mourns the death of his sister and prepares for her funeral. He is visited by ghosts and tormented with the idea his sister has been buried alive. Read morePublished 9 months ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
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