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The Fall of the Louse of Usher Reviews

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Super Reviewer
November 25, 2014
"Indulgent" and "directed by Ken Russell" are practically synonymous, but this warped Edgar Allan Poe tribute is ridiculous even by Russell standards. Essentially, this poor excuse for a movie feels like Russell just grabbed a video camera (yes, it was shot on video) and spent a couple of weeks shooting some younger friends hamming it up around the grounds of his estate. Mugging faces in extreme closeup are everywhere, and Russell himself plays a horny, lab-coated psychologist with a silly German accent. Not exactly a model of subtlety. Lead actor James Johnston is also a musician (grossly derivative of Nick Cave), and multiple scenes are simply detachable music videos dropped into the story. And the dramatic "fall" of the climax? It's a deflating bounce house shaped like a castle. No lie. This is as bad a film as you'll ever see from a major director.
½ September 15, 2012
It was like Ken Russell made a Troma film! I enjoyed it! The Annabelle Lee song is awesome!
½ July 3, 2012
An incomprehensible, abysmal mess.
½ February 10, 2009
Ken Russell, what the hell were you thinking? I dig Ken's films, but this mess was like a poorly funded drug binge gone wrong. If you like blow up dolls fucking Godzilla toys, every other prop being phallic, the rantings of a drunken Ken Russell with an on again off again German accent, a man in a gorilla suit and all of this is supposed to be interpretations of Edgar Allen Poe...perhaps I've already said too much. Better luck next time, Mr. Russell.
April 25, 2008
Need to see more Ken Russell!
June 22, 2007
Starts off as one of the best films ever made - a nurse blowing a banana, someone sucking on an eyeball, then it decends into madness as people run around Ken Russell's garden singing. A sublime work of wonder...
June 15, 2007
only because Greg and I share a signed copy by the great Ken Russell himself!!!
Super Reviewer
March 10, 2007
what is this? just the cover & title look bad.
December 4, 2006
Yeah, i'd like to see what this is!
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