The Fall of the House of Usher
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)

French filmmaker Jean Epstein was heavily under the influence of the Russian cinema when he made his silent version of Poe's Fall of the House of Usher. Already an ultra-moody piece about a young man obsessed with death and hereditary… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 3, 2001
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

One of the most imaginative and entrancing horror movies of the silent era.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

A strange mix of Gothic design, modern austerity, expressionist angles, graceful camerawork and surreal effects, it's an atmospheric classic...

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Through kaleidoscopic composition, Epstein affects Rorschach-like chiaroscuro, every image a dense, sludgy viscera, a looking glass held up to the audience and characters, daring us to pass through.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Fall of the House of Usher resides within its sealed world, as if -- yes, as if buried alive.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

The film denies us the safe distance between viewer and viewed, and it does this so effectively that its horrors are occurring all around us.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

A visually masterful film that very much retains its power today, The Fall Of The House Of Usher introduced many of the tropes of the horror genre.

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Empire Magazine

The mixture of English Gothic, French Grand Guignol and American low-budget thrills make for an intoxicating brew.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
vieras esine
Absolutely beautiful cinematography and special effects. Dreamlike, almost delirious.
Christopher Brown
Excellent filmed adaptation of the Poe classic. Way ahead of it's time.