In this animated version of Edgar Allan Poe's story, a traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants are living under a mysterious family curse: The brother's ...
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In this animated version of Edgar Allan Poe's story, a traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants are living under a mysterious family curse: The brother's senses have become painfully acute, while his sister has become nearly catatonic. As the visitor's stay at the mansion continues, the effects of the curse reach their terrifying climax, and he must choose between his concern for his hosts' safety, and his own.Written by
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In one of his two adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe stories - the other was "The Pit and the Pendulum" - Czech animator Jan Svankmajer creates a more horrific version than most movies ever have, namely since the black and white cinematography gives it a more Gothic feel. "Zanik domu Usheru" has the protagonist go to the house only to find the owner feeling ill and the sister moribund. But of course, there's something even uglier in store.
Svankmajer puts his own spin on it, with the furniture moving on its own, among other things. Poe would certainly be proud of this. Definitely worth seeing.
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