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

This abstract video shows the adaptation of the Poe Story "The Fall of the house of Usher." Using slow motion, superimpressions, and weird camera angles, this cinematic experiment is by Epstein and is silent.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1928
DVD 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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Darragh O'Donoghue
Senses of Cinema

Epstein retains Poe's analysis of the limits of knowledge and perception -- by filming characters in fragments; by obscuring people, objects or locations in shadows, fogs and haze; by unstable editing where cuts refuse to match smoothly.

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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.