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Monday, January 24, 2011

House of Usher (1960)

Director/Producer Roger Corman and the legendary Vincent Price did a number of movies together where they brought Edgar Allan Poe's timeless stories to the silver screen.  House of Usher is one of those films.  It is moody, subdued and rises to the challenge of taking only four actors, one evil house and crafting an interesting and suspenseful film.  While House of Usher is not the strongest of the Corman/Price films, it is well made nonetheless.  It looks like the best of England's Hammer Horror films with  great period costumes and a beautifully designed set. 
House of Usher gives us Price with blonde hair and no mustache.  [Very unusual.]  It's the perfect look for this film.  There are no big theatrics in his performance this time out.  His portrayal of Roderick Usher is understated and finely nuanced.  Lesser actors could not have pulled it off but Price is the perfect choice for this role.  Mark Damon [Das Boot, The Neverending Story] is also very good as Philip Winthrop, the fiance of Madeline Usher who is bound and determined to take her out of the house.  He and Price have the most screen time and play well off of each other.  
House of Usher is a good, old-fashioned haunted house story.  I streamed it on Netflix and the print is quite good.  You can watch this one for free on livevideo.com.  However, I think it's worth the effort to rent it or stream a larger copy of it in order to enjoy the beautiful cinematography.  
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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