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The Fall of the House of Usher (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | TV Movie 25 July 1982
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, ... See full summary »

Director:

James L. Conway

Writers:

Stephen Lord, Edgar Allan Poe (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Martin Landau ... Roderick Usher
Charlene Tilton ... Jennifer Cresswell
Ray Walston ... Thaddeus
Robert Hays ... Jonathan Cresswell
Dimitra Arliss ... Madeline Usher
Peggy Stewart ... Barmaid
Michael Ruud Michael Ruud
H.E.D. Redford H.E.D. Redford
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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 Mark Fair

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Drama | Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Fluch des Hauses Usher See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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Sunn Classic Pictures See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Let me get this straight: an adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe story stars the man from "Airplane!"?!
20 June 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

The early '60s version of Edgar Allan Poe's story starring Vincent Price was intentionally campy, and came out quite cool. THEY DID NOT NEED TO MAKE THIS HALF-FORMED VERSION!!!!!!! It's not just the stilted acting that's the problem; I'd say that the biggest problem lies in the casting. Martin Landau as Roderick Usher wasn't a bad choice, but did they really think it wise to cast Robert Hays, after everyone remembered him from "Airplane!"?! Or Ray Walston, after everyone remembered him from "My Favorite Martian" (not to mention "Fast Times at Ridgemont High")?! As for Charlene Tilton, I best remember her as one of Jodie Foster's friends in "Freaky Friday".

So there you have it, folks. "The Fall of the House of Usher" looks like a Mel Brooks-style joke. Edgar Allan Poe must spin in his grave every time that someone watches this.


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