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After a long journey, Philip arrives at the Usher mansion seeking his loved one, Madeline. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Madeline and her brother Roderick Usher have been afflicted with a mysterious malady: Roderick's senses have become painfully acute, while Madeline has become catatonic. That evening, Roderick tells his guest of an old Usher family curse: any time there has been more than one Usher child, all of the siblings have gone insane and died horrible deaths. As the days wear on, the effects of the curse reach their terrifying climax.
Edgar Allan Poe's overwhelming tale of EVIL & TORMENT
Also Known As:
The Mysterious House of Usher
Title: House Of Usher
Release Date: June 22, 1960
Runtime: 79 mins
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Buried.com Rating: 8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With H
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Vincent Price ...Roderick Usher
Mark Damon ...Philip Winthrop
Myrna Fahey ...Madeline Usher
Harry Ellerbe ...Bristol
Eleanor LeFaber ...Ghost
Ruth Oklander ...Ghost
Geraldine Paulette ...Ghost
David Andar ...Ghost
Bill Borzage ...Ghost
Mike Jordan ...Ghost
Mike Jordor ...Ghost
George Paul ...Ghost
Phil Sulvestre ...Ghost
John Zimeas ...Ghost
James H. Nicholson
Edgar Allan Poe
More Movie Taglines:
- Edgar Allan Poe's overwhelming tale of EVIL & TORMENT
- I heard her first feeble movements in the coffin... we had put her living in the tomb!
- The House of Usher is no more
- and the place whereon it stood is as if
- it had never been.
- He buried her alive... to save his soul!
- Edgar Allan Poe's demonic tale of The Ungodly... The Evil House of Usher
- Roderick Usher: I suggest you leave, Mr. Winthrop. No? Then perish with us.
Philip Winthrop: You have murdered your sister, Mr. Usher, and I intend to see that you hang for it. Roderick Usher: Arrange it quickly then. The old house crumbles.
Roderick Usher: See to the crypt, will you?
Roderick Usher: Did you know that I could hear the scratching of her fingernails on the casket lid?
Roderick Usher: [shouting] Be done. Philip Winthrop: What? Roderick Usher: I think I rave. Philip Winthrop: You said be done.
- Some of the footage from the fire sequence would be reused in later films. Roger Corman never expected the audience to recognize this footage.
This film marked a major change in the career of Roger Corman. Instead of producing two low-budget black-and-white films for release as a double feature, American-International agreed that he could use the budget to produce one higher-budget movie, in CinemaScope and color instead.
Roger Corman learned that there was an old barn in Orange County, CA, that was about to be demolished. He was able to strike a deal that would allow him to burn the barn at night and film it. The resulting footage was so good that it was used not only in the climax of this film but in later "Poe" films as well.
The stark landscape that Mark Damon rides through was the site of a fire in the Hollywood hills. Roger Corman had heard of the fire on the radio and went to the location the next day with his crew to do the shots of Damon.
This film was one of the early examples of American International Pictures' occasional practice of distributing a feature under two different titles. In some areas the main title, and the ad campaign, read "The Fall of the House of Usher." In other areas, the main title, and the ad campaign, read simply "House of Usher." This also carried over to the 16mm U.S. television syndication prints in which one, or the other title, would appear on the print itself.
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