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The Fall of the House of Usher (1950)

| Horror | June 1950 (UK)
A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to visit his old friend, Roderick Usher. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Roderick and his sister, Madeline, have been afflicted with a ... See full summary »

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Lady Madeline Usher (as Gwendoline Watford)
Kaye Tendeter ...
Lord Roderick Usher (as Kay Tendeter)
Irving Steen ...
Vernon Charles ...
Lucy Pavey ...
The Hag
Gavin Lee ...
Butler
Connie Goodwin ...
Louise
Tony Powell-Bristow ...
Richard (as A. Powell-Bristow)
Robert Woollard ...
Greville
Keith Lorraine ...
George
Frederick Meads
John Cantopher
John Clifton
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A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to visit his old friend, Roderick Usher. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Roderick and his sister, Madeline, have been afflicted with a mysterious malady: Roderick's senses have become painfully acute, while Madeline has become nearly catatonic. That evening, Roderick tells his guest of an old Usher family curse: any time there has been more than one Usher child, all of the siblings have gone insane and died horrible deaths. As the days wear on, the effects of the curse reach their terrifying climax. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A queda da casa de Usher  »

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First shown in the UK on a floating release in 1950, when it was granted an "H" certificate by the BBFC. Much abridged print (cut from 70 minutes to 39 minutes) released in 1956, when the BBFC gave the revised cut of the picture an X Certificate on March 22, 1956. See more »

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Robert Woollard and Keith Lorraine appear 'by kind permission of Harry Hanson' See more »

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A "Found Object" of Cinema
28 September 2004 | by (Boondocks, Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Found Objects" are those things generally discarded or ignored that somehow possess an intrinsic artistry, and this "Quota Quickie" certainly qualifies. Dashed off in what looks like a couple of weekends on whatever locations were handy, with badly-synchonized sound and wretched acting of pointless dialogue, it nonetheless conveys a genuine creepiness I found oddly haunting. The photography reminds one of the French New Wave, which came along a decade later, with starkly realistic images contrasted with baroque set-ups and disorienting editing. The story -- as much as I could understand -- offers a nightmarish progression through some sort of curse, and a mockingly down-beat ending.


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