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The Fall of the Louse of Usher: A Gothic Tale for the 21st Century (2002)

Rock star Roddy Usher's wife is murdered and Rod is sent to a lunatic asylum in this gothic-comedy-horror-musical.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Johnston ...
Roderick Usher / Gory the Gorilla
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Madeline Usher / Masked Mary / Mummy / Dr. Wells (as Elize Russell)
Marie Findley ...
Nurse ABC Smith / Dream Woman
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Dr. Calahari
Lesley Nunnerley ...
Berenice (as Lesley Nunnerly)
Emma Millions ...
Pete Mastin ...
Ernest Valdemar (as Peter Mastin)
Sandra Scott ...
Beulah Von Birmingham
Alex 'Alien' Russell ...
Igor / Gory the Gorilla
Roger Wilkes ...
Gory the Gorilla
Claire Cannaway ...
Young Lenore Usher
Sam Kitcher ...
Young Allan Usher
Suki Uruma ...
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Mediaeval Baebes ...
Unholy Revellers (as Medieval Babes)
Jackie Lowe ...
Lunatic
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When rock star Roddy Usher's wife is murdered, he's sent to the county lunatic asylum, where the therapy is far more insane than the inmates. An amalgam of several Edgar Allan Poe stories, and a mixture of comedy, horror and musical genres. Written by theo

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Shot on camcorder in director Ken Russell's garage/studio, with a cast made up of friends and neighbors. See more »

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Version of The House of Usher (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Tolling of the Bells
Music by James Johnston
Words by Edgar Allan Poe (as E.A. Poe)
Performed by Gallon Drunk
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Get ready for Shock Overload!
4 October 2003 | by (Oviedo FL) – See all my reviews

In 1970 Ken Russell made "The Devils", and before now was regarded as his most notorious movie. Now it seems he wants to top all the shocks he's ever done in any movie, and he succeeds with this independent production. Instead of dealing with a meddling studio, he gave the establishment the finger and made this movie all himself. Louse of Usher is about a rock star convicted of murdering his wife, Annabelle Lee. Roddy Usher is sent to an insane asylum directed by Ken Russell who plays Dr. Calihari. While under the care of this crazy doctor, Usher is subjected to various unconventional methods of treatment. That's the plot. Now here's the catch: this film has no structure. It is filmed with sporadic music videos. There are phallic symbols and blow up doll orgies not to mention topless nuns. I haven't seen a frenetic Russell film like this since the classic "Crimes of Passion." I hope this DVD makes a ton, so the elder poetic artist can keep doing that wonderful shock stuff a little longer. Not for children or prudes.


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