The Fall of the House of Usher (1960) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Fall of the House of Usher1960

The Fall of the House of Usher (1960)




Critic Consensus: Scary, strange, and maybe a little silly, House of Usher represents an early high mark for Vincent Price and a career triumph for director Roger Corman.

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This adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's terrifying gothic tale of the last members of the ancient race of the Ushers features the work of Roger Corman and Vincent Price.

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Vincent Price
as Roderick Usher
Mark Damon
as Philip Winthrop
Myrna Fahey
as Madeleine Usher
as Ghost
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Critic Reviews for The Fall of the House of Usher

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (4)

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.

August 18, 2008 | Full Review…

Corman's filmmaking runs on unchanneled energy and apocalyptic emotions; his is an art without craft.

September 25, 2007 | Full Review…

The sickly decadence and claustrophobia of the Usher household is admirably evoked by Floyd Crosby's 'Scope photography and Daniel Haller's art direction.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

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.

May 10, 2005 | Full Review…

Vincent Price starts his scary-reign in colourful gothic horror style.

October 14, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

October 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Fall of the House of Usher


Roger Corman comes up with a rather respectable film. Sure, he has some great material to work from, but between his Little Shop of Horror and Sharktopus, this certainly sticks out. He's lucky enough to get Vincent Price involved. A man that was born for horror, though he isn't confined by it. There is genuine chemistry between him and his sister, which makes the ending, not only shocking, but tragic too. As the house crumbles away the tension mounts. Is the house alive? Or is the psychological pressure all a bit much. The art direction is also well constructed. The gothic wood scenes are creepy and the house itself does seem to be a living organism.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

I love how Corman was able to make Poe's stories into films so brilliantly, and all of them starring Price too! I didn't particularly like how Price had blond hair in this movie, he looks better with dark hair, but his performance is still great, and the other actors are good. I love the tale of madness, and I highly recommend Corman's Poe series.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


It may not be the best Poe tale, but this is a pretty charming maniac story...with so much campy Corman goodness. :)

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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