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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
Madeline Usher / Masked Mary / Mummy / Dr. Wells (as Elize Russell)
Marie Findley ...
Nurse ABC Smith / Dream Woman
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 ...
Mediaeval Baebes ...
Unholy Revellers (as Medieval Babes)
Jackie Lowe ...


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 »


Version of Fall of the House of Usher (2014) See more »


Fire in the Rose
Music by James Johnston
Words by Lisi Tribble (as Elize Tribble)
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Astonishingly inventive filmmaking - rude, gory and hilarious
9 April 2002 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

It seems that camcorder cinema is here to stay, so Ken Russell has made a film with his camcorder that re-writes all the 'Dogma' rules; an astonishingly inventive, powerful, rude, gory, inspired and funny film, full of colour. Some of the acting is a little too large for my liking, not least from Ken himself as the keeper of an asylum asked to take charge of a rock singer who may or may not have murdered his wife. It ends with the Usher family being reborn as the ghosts of mischievous children, and a Fall of the House of Usher staged with such wit and imagination I almost fainted with astonishment and laughter. A midnight movie classic!

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