The Fall of the House of Usher
The Fall of the House of Usher (1960)

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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Rated: G
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Release Date: May 22, 1960
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Variety Staff

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.

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Eugene Archer
New York Times

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.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

A hallucinatory swirl of a movie that has the feel of an especially sharp nightmare.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Vincent Price starts his scary-reign in colourful gothic horror style.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Lavishly produced and visually gorgeous (thanks to the atmospheric photography of Floyd Crosby), Corman's gothic creepfest is still scary after all these years.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The sickly decadence and claustrophobia of the Usher household is admirably evoked by Floyd Crosby's 'Scope photography and Daniel Haller's art direction.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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The film is riddled with strangeness and decay, which more than compensate for its clunky moments.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
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… More
_kelly .King
This is a vastly underseen film, and in my opinion, this film is a Gothic horror classic, and I think this should be on a few more film/media/literature… More
Aj V
I love how Corman was able to make Poe's stories into films so brilliantly, and all of them starring Price too! I didn't particularly like how Price… More
Cindy I
Vintage hammy Vincent Price, but spooky enough to make you look behind you while you're watching.
Tim Salmons
It may not be the best Poe tale, but this is a pretty charming maniac story...with so much campy Corman goodness. :)
Lafe Fredbjornson
Good Poe adaptation. It is seething with gloominess and degeneration. The movie is not really scary, but it's quite atmospheric and well acted. Thoughtful… More