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Genre: Horror
Rating: UN
Release Date: 26-AUG-2003
Media Type: DVD

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From outrageous director Ken Russell (Tommy, Altered States) comes this weirdly inventive film ripped screaming from the pages of Edgar Allan Poe! Russell adds his own unique brand of humor, twisted vision and musical genius to the legendary eerie tale. Found guilty of murdering his wife, rock star Roderick Usher is sent to an asylum where, in a padded cell, he's at the mercy of Dr. Calahari (Russell himself!), whose mind-blowing shock treatments set off a series of bizarre, nightmarish adventures. As Roderick undergoes the mind-bending therapy, Dr. Calahari and the luscious but strange Nurse Smith unravel the shocking truth behind the Louse of Usher!

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  • Actors: Mediaeval Baebes, James Johnson (II), Tulip Junkie, Pete Mastin, Emma Millions
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A0DTO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,206 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fall of the Louse of Usher" on IMDb

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michael Thomas Roe on September 19, 2003
Format: DVD
I was super curious waiting for this one. How was Ken Russell going to pull off his newly found freedom, that of taking digital camera in hand and filming friends and cohorts in his back garden in loosley structured ten minute bits, stringing it all together, finding wide release and perhaps regaining the acclaim that has been missing him all these years? How? With skill, as simple as that. There is, as Russell-ites know, more skill in this man's pinky toe than all of Hollywood. And beginner film makers should take note. There is a world of possibilities in cinema. They are as limited as your imagination. "Louse" is wildly inventive and has all the great Russell trademarks: shock editing, surrealistic sets, costumes and make-up. And I'll be darned if their aren't some fabulous music videos with soulful music and classic Russell-ian touches: lovers by the sea side, a dancer on a gravestone to name a few. And since this is a horror movie, don't forget, be prepared for some pretty unsettling images. The humour is droll and Ken Russell acts through out. I was, quited frankly, impressed by the quality of the images. There may be some noticeable budgetary restraints, but after you settle in to the movie, you'll be back in Russell land. Ahhhh. It's been a long time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ess. on March 20, 2008
Format: DVD
Filmed in his garden on a digi-cam, Ken Russell's 'FOTLOU' is a bonkers, inventive charmer guaranteed in no way to re-endear him to the likes of David Puttnam, Bryan Forbes and all the other unimaginative prigs in the hallowed halls of the British Film Industry.

He may be shorn of budget but the plus side of that of course, is there's no studio interference. No restraint being yelled by BFI yes-men which allows Ken free reign to deliver a lesson in guerilla film-making.
Grueling and unpleasant but mind-bogglingly entertaining, Russell is having a picnic to remember with his neighbours, family members and clapped-out UGLY rockers pillaging and plundering Poe til only entrails remain.

Ken himself plays the obviously looney psychiatrist/patient Dr Calihari. Who, when he's not eating lumps of his own ear-wax or trying to grope the excellent Nurse ABC Smith, is attempting to 'cure' rock-star Roddy Usher of his own insanity and also find out if he's murdered anyone or not.

Ok, as plots go it's a bit basic, but this slight premise allows Russell cart-blanch to go rooting and digging in man's darkest extremes, stopping to absorb deliriously each atrocity as he passes it by, giving the viewer a lascivious glimpse before dashing off to the next one.

Aided and abetted by the magnificent Nurse Smith, lucky old Ken somehow makes it to the end of the flick intact, though rambling and ranting in abject response to his own failures and punishments. Clever and funny, in a lewd, peep-show sense, 'FOTLOU' is admirable and satisfying BECAUSE of it.

Obviously it can't compare to 'the Music Lovers' or 'the Devils', but it does show the maniac Russell is still the most mind-rippingly, coarse-humoured, garishly coloured loose-cannon in town - and where's his MBE?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ennis B. on December 28, 2012
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This reminds me of Troma Movies. Low budget, but fun to watch. I'm a huge Ken Russell fan so my review may be a little jaded. The movie is a bit hard to follow at times, but I love the feel of this movie!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Cox on September 12, 2010
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for those of whom don't understand Mr.Ken Russell? are not very perceptive of docufilms. Ken Russell is a unique director making cinematic classics by his own
set of rules, NOT YOURS. Mr. Ken Russell has here a gothic-punk rock style
burlesque horror/drama with Ken Russell portraying Dr. Calahari himself and reciting satirized key parts of edgar allen poe' poetry through-out the film.

i will admit i did not find this film as much a scarefest as i did an entertainingly
odd stageplay. the perceptive will no doubt enjoy this masterpiece which remains
very loyal to the original story while be a little ribald for the sake of counter-culture styled humor. i do believe Mr. Ken Russell is a very intellegent hippy
and never bowing to the puritanical sacharrine obsessed standards of mainstream
holyweird(hollywood). before you judge Mr. Ken Russell or me do yourself a favor
and get a copy of this film, right here at amazon, if it is still available.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TrueBrit on December 14, 2011
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For starters, this is a B film purposefully made to entertain and make people laugh. Those joyless critics expecting the "Music Lovers does Poe" with big budget flair are missing that. The film is non stop fun for adults and teens 17+ though most of it is far tamer than a CSI episode. Ken, the world class director shows the audience that even with a small budget you can still have great camera work, sound and colours. Music is wonderful (great moody industrial, post punk stuff) as are the sets and costumes. Ken Russell may be in cinematic heaven and flying through a different universe as of late but with Louse he proves that no one need stop being creativity and fun simply because they don't have a huge budget to work with. ALL Indie filmmakers should own this to see how it is done for less than 20K.
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