The Fall of the House of Usher

1960

The Fall of the House of Usher

Critics 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.

90%

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Total Count: 29

74%

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User Ratings: 8,708
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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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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.

    Aug 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    Sep 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.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Oct 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.

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

Audience Reviews for The Fall of the House of Usher

  • Nov 03, 2018
    The movies greatest strength, far and away, is the performance of Vincent Price. The man is hypnotic to watch. My god, I could watch this guy read the phone book and be completely enthralled. The lines he's reading aren't always amazingly written, but he always makes them sound like sheer poetry. He also brings a great amount of depth to a fairly simple story. His character isn't really a villain, at least he doesn't seem to see himself as one, more just an obstacle to the main character. The movie is also beautiful to look at with gothic scenery and lavish sets. The story, a loose adaptation of the Poe story, works fine for what it is, and while it doesn't hit many surprises it hits the point it needs to for this sort of story; it doesn't really hit the full creepy factor that Poe managed to get to though, which is probably the films greatest fault. It's a fine October movie, a gothic story with great atmosphere and an amazing performance from Price. What it lacks in story it more than makes up for in atmosphere.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2014
    The scares are too familiar to do their job now, but the film remains strangely immersive to watch, with a quality feel and some engaging performances.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2011
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2010
    Creepy horror based on Poe's classsic tale. A young man visits the house of the Usher family to see his wife to be but gets told she cant leave with him and go back to America because she is going to die very soon. The young man witnesses strange goings on in the house as he finds out that the current owner of the house is a bit mental to. A creepy story, great script and another great performance from Vincent Price.
    Adam M Super Reviewer

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