The House Of Usher
When Philip Winthrop (Mark Damon) first visits the House of Usher, it is with the intention of taking back to
with him his bride-to-be, Madeline Usher (Myrna Fahey), so that they can both eventually
But no. He can not. According to Madeline's older brother, Roderick (Vincent Price), he and his sister have been stuck down with an age old family curse, which will result in them both going mad before turning up dead. Furthermore, once this strange news has been relayed to the fresh-faced Philip, a number of other peculiar occurrences arise not so long thereafter.
Yeah. I'm not bleaching your hair, pal! On at least two occasions Philip is almost killed whilst minding his own business. Roderick's own demeanor gets more mannered by the minute. Plus Madeline herself sleepwalks and faints at a drop of a coffin lid.
Still. That's most probably why what next transpires goes bump in the night when some family history is spelled out in blood. As two lovers sigh - a romance does die - brother-in-law's lie - but ultimately madness and death causes the House of Usher to fry.
Now in the past some people have asked me why I review films such as 'House of Usher'. Surmising that I do this because I hate more modern day movies, and that I have a certain kinship for this type of antiquated cinema.
Take this flick for instance. 'House of Usher'. Conceptually speaking this is a tale about a nut-job family that suddenly goes wacko when one of their kin is about to get married. Moreover, it's also about the supernatural too. But relay's this fact subtly throughout this entire flick, with great acting, a clear narrative, well polished production-values, and a number of very fine set-pieces as well.
was going remake this movie in today's climate, I bet you anything that it
would be spoilt rotten by the recent favor of the month, plus slick special effects
that would overpower the overall story-line.
Yeah! I can see it now. Lindsey what's-her-face would play Madeline. Someone from Scary Movie 2 would play Roderick. And as for Philip, well, whatever actor who has shagged half of
Oh! And then comes' the story of course. This would most probably be messed up by some semi-delusional director that cares more about himself than the actual movie, who'd also concentrate on what looks right rather than what makes more sense.
Alright. I know. I best come off of my soap box, folks. Agreed. I don't want this review to turn into a fictionalized account of a fictionalized account. Instead, I just want you to understand that sometimes a good story and some great actor's means more to a film than anything else.
THE RATING: A