House of Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher) (1960)
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The first of Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe films, Fall of the House of Usher was originally released as simply House of Usher. Vincent Price stars as the foredoomed Roderick Usher. Living in his decaying family mansion with his young sister Madeline (Myrna Fahey), Roderick does his best to shoo away Madeline's fiance Philip Winthrop (Mark Damon). He tells the young swain that Madeline suffers from the family curse of encroaching madness, and thus cannot be permitted to bear children. After a
May 22, 1960 Limited
Jun 5, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment
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It's not precisely the Edgar Allan Poe short story that emerges in House of Usher, but it's a reasonably diverting and handsomely mounted variation.
Corman's filmmaking runs on unchanneled energy and apocalyptic emotions; his is an art without craft.
The sickly decadence and claustrophobia of the Usher household is admirably evoked by Floyd Crosby's 'Scope photography and Daniel Haller's art direction.
Under the low-budget circumstances, Vincent Price and Myrna Fahey should not be blamed for portraying the decadent Ushers with arch affectation, nor Mark Damon held to account.
This film set the template for the Poe-Corman-Price series with its literate script, Corman's effective direction, Price's immersive emoting and brilliant employment of light and color.
A hallucinatory swirl of a movie that has the feel of an especially sharp nightmare.
Lavishly produced and visually gorgeous (thanks to the atmospheric photography of Floyd Crosby), Corman's gothic creepfest is still scary after all these years.
The film is riddled with strangeness and decay, which more than compensate for its clunky moments.
Weird and a touch silly, but despite being a B-picture made by a B-studio, neither Roger Corman nor Richard Matheson treat the film as a disposable drive-in time-waster.
A superlative Corman/AIP effort and a great beginning to a varying but always interesting series of horror films.
When Corman pitched the project to his superiors at American International Pictures, they asked, 'where's the monster?' Corman quickly replied, 'the house is the monster.'
Certainly some elements are dated now, and Price's fellow actors can't hold a candle to him, but Usher still holds up as an example of stately suspense that doesn't resort to gore, monsters, or overuse of shock effects.
A primeira das oito parcerias entre Corman e Price funciona maravilhosamente bem até os quinze minutos finais, quando passa a depender de Fahey para assustar.
Corman's bid for respectability nearly works.
The Poe-inspired source material occasionally rises above the Corman-fueled production.
Quite possibly the finest combination of Corman, Price and Poe.
...not a gorefest, nor is it particularly suspenseful or terrifying, but it does create an effectively aggressive and disturbing tone.
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