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House of Usher (1960)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 5, 2001

Budget $270,000

Running Time
1 hour, 19 minutes

Country USA

Studio Anglo-Amalgamated Films

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Other Titles
• House of Usher
• The Fall of the House of Usher
• The Mysterious House of Usher (1960)
• Der Untergang des Hauses Usher (1961)
• Die Verfluchten (1961)
• The House of Usher

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Genre: Horror, Suspense, Psychos, Cult Classic, Gore, Marriage

Tagline: I heard her first feeble movements in the coffin... we had put her living in the tomb!

Plot: The great Vincent Price stars in this quintessential adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe story. Hopeful Phillip (Mark Damon) rides up to the crumbling Usher estate to pick up his betrothed, Madeline (Myrna Fahey), and is coldly received by her brother, Roderick (Price). A most unwilling host, Roderick suffers from "morbid acuteness of the senses" and is convinced their family lineage--and the very house itself--is cursed by the evil deeds of their forebears. He is sworn to do everything in his power to keep his sister from leaving with Phillip--even burying her alive--to stop her from continuing their damned lineage.

Roger "King of the Bs" Corman got permission from his producers to make this, his first film in color and with a recognizable star, for the same price as two of his usual black-and-white films. The result was a smash hit with critics and audiences, and Corman made seven more. This is still one of the best, with a comparatively restrained performance by Price, good set design and photography, and eerie music by the legendary Les

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external linkIt would have been a perfect film if not for Damon's terrible acting.

 Directed by
Roger Corman
The Little Shop of Horrors, The Raven, Pit and the Pendulum
 Written by
Richard Matheson
Stir of Echoes, What Dreams May Come, Duel
Edgar Allan Poe
The Raven, Pit and the Pendulum, The Black Cat
Vincent Price
Edward Scissorhands, The Ten Commandments, Laura
Mark Damon
Deceiver, Black Sabbath, Anzio
Myrna Fahey
Harry Ellerbe
Desk Set, The Haunted Palace, Countdown
 Music By
Les Baxter
The Raven, Pit and the Pendulum, The Demon's Mask

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