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House of Usher Overview:

House of Usher (1960) was a Drama - Horror Film directed by Roger Corman and produced by Roger Corman and James H. Nicholson.

House of Usher was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2005.

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House of Usher (1960)

By Beatrice on Feb 14, 2017 From Flickers in Time

House of Usher Directed by Roger Corman Written by Richard Matheson based on “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe 1960/USA Alta Vista Productions First viewing/Amazon Instant Roderick Usher: No. None whatever. The films Roger Corman directed himself tend to be the best ... Read full article


When A House Falls Silently, Twice – The Fall Of The House Of Usher (1928)

By Michael on Oct 31, 2014 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of The House of Usher has been the subject of a number of filmic adaptations over the years, and while most fans of horror films consider Roger Corman‘s 1960 take to be the go-to version, I’d like to submit a couple of other, much earlier versions for you... Read full article


When A House Falls Silently, Twice – The Fall Of The House Of Usher (1928)

By Michael on Oct 31, 2014 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of The House of Usher has been the subject of a number of filmic adaptations over the years, and while most fans of horror films consider Roger Corman‘s 1960 take to be the go-to version, I’d like to submit a couple of other, much earlier versions for you... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: HOUSE OF USHER (1960)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 21, 2014 From Virtual Virago

Roger Corman's series of Poe adaptations begins with House of Usher (1960), which sets the tone for the later films and establishes Vincent Price as Corman's ideal Gothic figure, a cultured, romantic, but fatally haunted central character entangled by strange twists of fate. Screenwriter Richard Mat... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: HOUSE OF USHER (1960)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 21, 2014 From Virtual Virago

Roger Corman's series of Poe adaptations begins with House of Usher (1960), which sets the tone for the later films and establishes Vincent Price as Corman's ideal Gothic figure, a cultured, romantic, but fatally haunted central character entangled by strange twists of fate. Screenwriter Richard Mat... Read full article


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Quotes from

Philip Winthrop: [as the house starts to rumble] Don't you think that crack in the wall should be repaired?
Roderick Usher: For future generations of Ushers?
Philip Winthrop: For Madeline's safety.
Philip Winthrop: While I was riding here I noticed a singular lack of vegetation, is there something wrong with the soil?
Roderick Usher: The soil?
Madeline Usher: Roderick please!
Roderick Usher: [looking at Madeline] As you wish.


Roderick Usher: Madeline and I are like figures of fine glass. The slightest touch and we may shatter. Both of us suffer from a morbid acuteness of the senses. Mine is the worst for having existed the longer, but both of us are afflicted with it. Any sort of food more exotic then the most pallid mash is unendurable to my taste buds. Any sort of garment other then the softest, is agony to my flesh. My eyes are tormented by all but the faintest illumination. Odors assail me constantly, and as I've said, sounds of any degree whatsoever inspire me with terror.


Roderick Usher: See to the crypt, will you?


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Facts about

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.
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.
Burt Shonberg's paintings were given to various cast and crew members after the film was wrapped. Roger Corman took the portrait of Vincent Price.
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National Film Registry

House of Usher

Released 1960
Inducted 2005
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