The Fall of the House of Usher resides within its sealed world, as if -- yes, as if buried alive.
| Original Score: 4/4
One of the most imaginative and entrancing horror movies of the silent era.
A strange mix of Gothic design, modern austerity, expressionist angles, graceful camerawork and surreal effects, it's an atmospheric classic...
The film denies us the safe distance between viewer and viewed, and it does this so effectively that its horrors are occurring all around us.
| Original Score: 5/5
Through kaleidoscopic composition, Epstein affects Rorschach-like chiaroscuro, every image a dense, sludgy viscera, a looking glass held up to the audience and characters, daring us to pass through.
| Original Score: 3/5
The mixture of English Gothic, French Grand Guignol and American low-budget thrills make for an intoxicating brew.