View Full Version : Fall of the House of Usher(1960)
03-25-2005, 06:55 PM
Stylish, decent Corman/Poe/Price film that captures the tone of the original short story very effectively. While not as good as Masque of the Red Death, imo, its still a good looking film. Does well in building up a sense of decay, dread, and doom. Vincent Price does a decent job as Roderick Usher though he does go a little over the top at times.
03-25-2005, 07:02 PM
The film's strong suit is definitely Price's nicely understated performance - one that stands in stark contrast to his work in the following year's Pit and the Pendulum, a film I rather like better than this one. The supporting cast is nothing special, and while Crosby's lighting is nice, it's perhaps a little too bright to be appropriately moody. A nice start to a fine series of films from Roger Corman.
03-25-2005, 07:05 PM
Agreed, it's a good start but the Corman Poe's did get better. Masque of Red Death is probably my favorite out of the series.
03-25-2005, 07:07 PM
I think Masque is the only legitimately great film of the bunch. Along with The Intruder, it's Corman's best directorial work. Tomb of Ligeia comes close, but the stupid ending with the house burning down - yet again! - spoils it for me.
03-26-2005, 01:13 AM
Ya know, I think FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER is my favorite Roger Corman Poe (as opposed to Edgar Allan) production. THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM is second, but a pretty sizable story hole kinda damages it a bit.
If Price's wife isn't dead, and has been alive all along trying to drive him nuts, what the HELL is the thing that's supposed to be her buried-alive corpse? It's never explained. No way could they make a fake corpse that good in the 1500s.
03-26-2005, 02:50 AM
I would assume that they either killed somebody else or dug up a recently deceased body to put in its place. True, it's never explained - but it has never bothered me, quite honestly.
03-26-2005, 04:10 AM
Featuring a wonderful wonderful performance by Vincent Price.
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