The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)

The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)




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This abstract video shows the adaptation of the Poe Story "The Fall of the house of Usher." Using slow motion, superimpressions, and weird camera angles, this cinematic experiment is by Epstein and is silent.
Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Horror
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Marguerite Gance
as Madeleine Usher
Jean Debucourt
as Roderick Usher
Charles Lamy
as The Guest

Critic Reviews for The Fall of the House of Usher

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

One of the most imaginative and entrancing horror movies of the silent era.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Fall of the House of Usher resides within its sealed world, as if -- yes, as if buried alive.

Full Review… | May 7, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A visually masterful film that very much retains its power today, The Fall Of The House Of Usher introduced many of the tropes of the horror genre.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
Eye for Film

A strange mix of Gothic design, modern austerity, expressionist angles, graceful camerawork and surreal effects, it's an atmospheric classic...

Full Review… | July 27, 2009
Parallax View

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.

Full Review… | May 25, 2008
Goatdog's Movies

The mixture of English Gothic, French Grand Guignol and American low-budget thrills make for an intoxicating brew.

Full Review… | September 25, 2007
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Fall of the House of Usher


One of the most atmospheric, visually stunning silent horror films I've ever seen (rivaled only by Haxan). The movie takes some liberties with the tale (not that I really care...) but it absolutely nails the gloomy, nightmarish Gothic tone of a Poe story. Unlike many other silent genre films, the camerawork is outstanding and inventive. The look is one of inky black as opposed to washed out grey. There are very few point-and-shoot medium shot set-ups. Instead we get lots of pans, close-ups, wide shots and creative camera angles throughout. The actor who plays Roderick Usher is outstanding, the crumbling castle setting is eerie as can be, the sets are striking and there are plenty of abstract, surrealistic touches. Any fan of Gothic horror or Poe must see this!

Justin Lee
Justin Lee

Excellent filmed adaptation of the Poe classic. Way ahead of it's time.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

While not as flashy as Griffith's photography in "Birth of a Nation" Epstien made a film that's photography is stark, beautiful, and horrifying all at the same time. Based off of one of Poe's most well-known short stories (and one of my personal favorites) the 1928 version of the film is every bit as intense as the story. It maintains the imagery as Poe's story and gives it to us in spades. This is one of the greatest films of the silent era.

Aaron White
Aaron White

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