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The Fall of the House of Usher (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | TV Movie 25 July 1982
It is the year 1839. Architect Jonathan Criswell receives a letter from his old friend Roderick Usher asking Jonathan to come and see him. Arriving along with his newlywed wife Jennifer, ... See full summary »

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It is the year 1839. Architect Jonathan Criswell receives a letter from his old friend Roderick Usher asking Jonathan to come and see him. Arriving along with his newlywed wife Jennifer, Jonathan finds Roderick and his sister Madeleine aged beyond their years. Roderick tells him how they have both been maddened by a crippling hyper-alertness of senses. In trying to find a way of bolstering the Usher house against frequent earth tremors, Jonathan learns of the unspeakable atrocities and devil worship practiced by Roderick's ancestors. These have brought a curse on the House of Usher, meaning that none of the family can live beyond their 37th year. Jonathan must try to save the house in doing so he will be helping save his friend Roderick and his sister before the Usher curse takes them. Written by Mark Fair

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Unintentionally campy
4 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

Martin Landau tries to be at least a good character actor, but he can't save this trainwreck. Bad sets, bad makeup, a bad script, bad acting, bad directing - even the dog was bad.

All attempts at shock and creepiness end up as unintentional camp. Robert Hays is laugh-out-loud bad and Charlene Tilton is just taking up space as his pretty but vapid bride.

The best scene is the tavern at the beginning, but it's over all too soon, unlike the movie, which has 96 minutes left on its odometer.


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