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, ...
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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 ... See full summary »
Allan visits the sinister Usher family mansion, where his friend Roderick is painting a portrait of his sickly wife Madeline. The portrait seems to be draining the life out of Madeline, slowly leading to her death.
In the tradition of Edgar Allen Poe join the Usher family as they descend into madness. Set in the 1880s a traveler returns to the Usher mansion to try to reconnect with his childhood friends and find out what killed his sister.
A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants, Roderick and Madeline Usher, are living under a mysterious family curse: Roderick's senses have become ... See full summary »
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An updated version of the classic horror tale by Edgar Allen Poe. Ryan and his girlfriend Molly are going to visit Ryan's uncle, Roderick Usher, at his mansion. They find, however, that ... See full summary »
Among the devastating events depicted are the crash of the Hindenburg, earthquakes in Alaska (1964) and Long Beach, California (1933), the 1955 auto racing crash at LeMans in which 82 ... See full summary »
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
Made-for-television version had entertainment value
I am going against the prevailing current of the previous reviewers. I gave this 1979 made-for-television version of, 'The Fall of the House of Usher' a 7 rating for its entertainment value. As opposed to the other disappointed viewers, I felt entertained and even spooked by the 'horror movie' introduction of the deranged Usher sister, Madeline, played effectively by Dimitri Arliss, who mysteriously had but a few acting credits. The creepy, insane, violent Usher sister not only looked scary, she was! I feel confident awarding the TV movie a 7 because of the skilled and sympathetic role of Martin Landau as Roderick Usher. Give credit to the actor for being able to elicit real sympathy from the viewer of the terrible condition the man suffers from and the hellish situation he must play out in his short, agonizing life. I felt more sympathy for seeing how good and decent Roderick Usher was in a long family line of immoral ancestors as he described in horrendous detail to his childhood friend, Jonathan Cresswell, during a tour of the gloomy, underground family catacombs. Other viewers were critical of Cresswell's wife character yet I didn't mind her addition as a minor supporting character which fleshed out the story line a little more. I also felt sympathy for the doomed, dedicated, life-time manservant, Thaddeus, played by Ray Walston of, 'My Favorite Martian' fame. Here's a man who loyally and unswerving serves the cursed Usher family. His service is no doubt appreciated by Roderick Usher, but who can give no reward for the man's lifetime service, other than to be the indirect cause of his violent death at the hands of the violently insane Madeline. Yes, the movie didn't have all that high of production values, but it was a made-for-TV production after all. It really only showed up with the fake, painted-on outside mansion wall crack. It didn't pass the visual test. It should have been painted blacker. I liked this movie version because it evoked some feeling and nostalgia in me. I did not see this television movie until late 1982 and it was odd that I did not know if it sooner. I know the production company only produced four of these made-for-television adaptions of classic books. I only saw one other, 'Sleepy Hollow', which was entertaining as well. I always believe, award movies the rating which you 'feel' it deserves, not what you think you are expected to award it by others.
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