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The Fall of the House of Usher [VHS] (1960)

Vincent Price , Mark Damon , Roger Corman  |  Unrated |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey, Harry Ellerbe, David Andar
  • Directors: Roger Corman
  • Writers: Edgar Allan Poe, Richard Matheson
  • Producers: Roger Corman, James H. Nicholson
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Good Times Video
  • VHS Release Date: May 15, 2001
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303471412
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,074 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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VHS tape good, slip case as seen, a bit worked. We ship worldwide from San Francisco bay area.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the movie that made Vincent Price my idol! February 8, 2002
Format:DVD
In the 1960's, when I was a kid, the NUMBER ONE horror star was definitely Vincent Price! True, he started scaring us out of our shorts in the 50's, what with HOUSE OF WAX, THE FLY, THE TINGLER, and (best of all, in my humble), HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL. But it wasn't until he joined forces with American International Pictures and Director/Producer Roger Corman that Vinnie carved his niche as a true American horror icon! THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER started it all, the first in what's come to be known as "the Poe cycle." Released on tape in the mid 1980's (an inferior transfer), HOUSE OF USHER (its title, once the credits roll) has never looked better than on this gorgeous DVD. Colors are rich, sound is crystal clear, really, it's like seeing the film in a movie theater! And Vinnie, oh, Vinnie, he's in fine form here as the tragic Roderick Usher. Plagued by an over-heightening of the senses, he can't bear to hear loud noises or smell anything stronger than the most delicate perfume (yet, it doesn't prevent him from strumming a few off key notes on his mandolin!), Roderick is a tragic figure indeed. And what an imposing sight! Breathtaking, even! This is Vincent Price's most startling and compelling characterization--snow white hair, blue eyes, pale complexion, and that oh-so-very proper way of speaking and acting. I loved Hammer Films, with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, but Vincent Price was somebody we could call our our own, a true national treasure! Corman's direction is solid, and he makes the most of his limited cast (only 4 people) and budget--but everything looks so luxurious and expensive! You've got to remember that AIP was notorious for cranking out cheapjack black and white quickies for the juvie market--so HOUSE OF USHER was an utterly drastic change of pace for them. Read more ›
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A first rate gothic horror thriller March 24, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
By far the best of all Vincent Price / Roger Corman adaptions of the works of Edgar Allan Poe, this is really a horror film that should be regarded as equal to the 30`s classic horror movies like Dracula or Frankenstein (it certainly is scarier than watching Karloff wander around in front of painted backdrops). In fact, "House Of Usher" is not only a straight thriller, it is also a very poetic movie, it has a good script, a haunting score (especially in the crypt sequence) and a very well crafted set design (just watch Corman`s opulent use of colors). If the climax is somewhat hurried it is more than made up by the frightening atmosphere of the film. When I watched it as a child in the early eighties, it was one of the few old chillers that really scared me to death ..... and it will certainly entertain everyone who enjoys to watch really good vintage horror thrillers (Vincent Price`s morbid characterization of Roderick Usher is worth a few shocks alone).
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Director Roger Corman and AIP had great success relating the tales of Edgar Allan Poe to the screen, and it all started here with The Fall of the House of Usher (1960). While not always exactly faithful to the source material (how many are?), the films sure are fun to watch. House of Usher stars Vincent Price as Roderick Usher, Myrna Fahey (who once dated Joe DiMaggio and received a death threat because a deranged fan couldn't stand to see DiMaggio with anyone other than Marilyn Monroe) as his sister Madeline Usher, Mark Damon as her fiancé Philip Winthrop, and Harry Ellerbe as Bristol, the butler. Scripted by famed horror/fantasy/sci-fi writer Richard Matheson, who also worked on the later Corman/Poe/AIP films like Pit and the Pendulum (1961), Tales of Terror (1962), and The Raven (1963), The Fall of the House of Usher marked new ground for AIP and Corman. Previously, the studio was content in putting out two black and white films at the same time for minimal cost, Corman convinced the studio heads to take the money to make two of those films and let him use it to make one film in color, and the result, this film, turned out to be a huge box office draw in 1960.

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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Corman's Best February 11, 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
With the possible exception of "The Masque of the Red Death," this is probably Corman's best Poe film. Like all of the Poe films, it isn't completely true to the actual story (Like "The Haunted Palace" -- which wasn't even a Poe story). However, the playful renditions aren't ones that will leave Poe fans crying foul, but rather appreciating an expanded adaption which leaves a story once valuable only in words at least acceptable for film.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Horror must have!
As a big fan of both EDGAR ALLEN POE and VINCENT PRICE, this movie was a must have in my collection. Classic Vincent Price performance.
Published 1 month ago by Heather Lamantia
5.0 out of 5 stars good
this is a good movie to get to watch when ever you want to watch the actor do what they do
Published 3 months ago by Marguerite Poll
5.0 out of 5 stars A rise, not a fall
The Fall of the House of Usher marked the rise of American International Pictures and Roger Corman in the horror market, ushering in a worth list of Poe-inspired horror movies and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Butterworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic!
An all-time classic. I show this to my class every October, and I'm now glad to have my own copy of this terrificly spooky movie.
Published 4 months ago by Jerry Edmonston
4.0 out of 5 stars WhaT?!
GReat movie! but $30 for the dvd? does Vincent Price deliver it to me? i mean what the fiddle sticks?!
Published 5 months ago by Christopher A. Ditullio
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I haven't seen this movie in years. After I watch it I most likely will give to my daughter for her collection.
Published 5 months ago by Sherrill M. Meeks
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite classic movies.
I remember seeing this movie in theaters when it was first released. I fell in love with Myrna Fahey. Great to be able to watch it again!!
Published 6 months ago by Ralph Rexroad
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Poe film.
A ghastly Halloween film with the wonderful Vincent Price all wrapped up in a chilling Poe story. Watch it with the lights down low and stormy weather outside if you can!
Published 6 months ago by Maurice Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Check out Usher mansion interior on Boris Karloff's "Thriller"...
Everything about AIP's "Fall of the House of Usher" is impressive. Vincent Price brings all his considerable experience to bear in his sensitive yet sinister interpretation. Mr. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Brent Carleton
1.0 out of 5 stars False advertising
DVD was advertised as new. It arrived, very late, but because I trust in Amazon and Amazon fulfillment--and was too busy to watch it--did not open for a month. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jane
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