House of Usher (1960) Poster


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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.
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.
The stark landscape that Mark Damon rides through was the site of a fire in the Hollywood hills. Roger Corman had heard of the fire on the radio and went to the location the next day with his crew to do the shots of Damon.
This is the first title of a horror saga composed of eight movies that Roger Corman directed, all them based on Edgar Allan Poe's stories.
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.
This film was shot in fifteen days.
Some of the footage from the fire sequence would be reused in later films. Roger Corman never expected the audience to recognize this footage.
This film was one of the early examples of American International Pictures' occasional practice of distributing a feature under two different titles. In some areas the main title, and the ad campaign, read "The Fall of the House of Usher." In other areas, the main title, and the ad campaign, read simply "House of Usher." This also carried over to the 16mm U.S. television syndication prints in which one, or the other title, would appear on the print itself.
The rental studio left the small basement staircase set standing after production wrapped, so Roger Corman reused it in subsequent films.
Vincent Price dyed his hair to play Roderick Usher.
In Spain this hadn't a theatrical release until 1983, 23 years later. The film was only released - with 1 copy - at first in Barcelona (July/83, Casablanca 2) for 33 days and later, in Madrid (August/83, Alphaville 3) for 4 weeks, only projected in a subtitled version. Also there was a re-release in Madrid in 2003 (Pequeño Cine Estudio) for 23 days, only in a subtitled version. The dubbed version was for VHS premiere (1984) and later was broadcast on TV premiere (1989).
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Bristol's name (Harry Ellerbe), never is revealed.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Madeline Usher and Philip Winthrop visit Usher's family crypt, she shows him different coffins containing her ancestors: Caspar and Veronica (great-grandparents), Edward and Miriam (grandparents) and finally Jeremy and Amelia (parents). Although "Jeremy" is partially blurred, it can be distinguished "JERE" and "Y", with a chain covered in spider web over the "M".
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When Roderick Usher reveals Philip Winthrop the Usher's family past, he mentions some members:

-Anthony Usher: thief, money-lender and meat smuggler.

-Bernard Usher: swindler, counterfeiter, jewel thief and junkie.

-Francis Usher: professional assassin.

-Vivian Usher: blackmailer, killer, whore and mentally ill.

-Captain David Usher: smuggler, slave dealer and mass murder.
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