The Fall of the House of Usher Reviews

February 23, 2015
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.
July 27, 2009
A strange mix of Gothic design, modern austerity, expressionist angles, graceful camerawork and surreal effects, it's an atmospheric classic...
May 25, 2008
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.
September 25, 2007
The mixture of English Gothic, French Grand Guignol and American low-budget thrills make for an intoxicating brew.
September 13, 2006
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.
June 24, 2006
One of the most imaginative and entrancing horror movies of the silent era.
July 23, 2005
January 14, 2005
February 24, 2004
Epstein retains Poe's analysis of the limits of knowledge and perception -- by filming characters in fragments; by obscuring people, objects or locations in shadows, fogs and haze; by unstable editing where cuts refuse to match smoothly.
August 22, 2003
May 7, 2002
The Fall of the House of Usher resides within its sealed world, as if -- yes, as if buried alive.