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Being a two-fer is a benefit...
on November 11, 2008
First of all, these two movies should be viewed as "psychological" horror: don't expect "monsters" (other than human ones) or magic; after all, they are based on Edgar Allen Poe stories (though embellished). I prefer "Pit and the Pendulum" over "House of Usher", but each has its own take on the human mind.
Vincent Price is simply superb. Whatever else one says about these movies, his acting can hardly be faulted.
The DVD is that cost-effective but unsettling "one movie per side" design (watch where you put your fingers!), but the display quality is good. I would hesitate to buy "House" by itself, but adding it to "Pit" and pricing the pair low (even compared to single-movie DVDs) is a winning combination. Just don't expect to be scared witless.