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The House of Usher (1989)

R | | Horror | 13 April 1989 (USA)
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 »

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Alan Birkinshaw
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Cast

Cast overview:
Oliver Reed ... Roderick Usher
Donald Pleasence ... Walter Usher
Romy Windsor ... Molly McNulty
Rufus Swart Rufus Swart ... Ryan Usher
Norman Coombes Norman Coombes ... Clive Derrick
Anne Stradi Anne Stradi ... Mrs. Derrick
Carole Farquhar Carole Farquhar ... Gwen
Philip Godawa Philip Godawa ... Dr. Bailey (as Philip Godewa)
Lenorah Ince Lenorah Ince ... Child
Jonathan Fairbirn Jonathan Fairbirn ... Child
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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 Roderick's brother Walter has gone insane, and Roderick himself isn't far behind. Can Ryan and Molly escape from the doomed mansion before the curse of Usher claims them as well? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Horror

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fall of the House of Usher See more »

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Breton Film Productions See more »
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Dolby

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Color
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The main title theme (which is also played several times throughout the movie) is actually the main title theme from Gary Chang's score for John Frankenheimer's film 52 Pick-Up (1986). See more »


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Written by Mavis and Bob Esty
Performed by Mavis
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Surprisingly, not boring...
22 August 2017 | by Bored_DragonSee all my reviews

This movie can hardly be considered to be an adaptation of Poe, because it barely has any touch points. They are built on the same base, but the construction is completely different. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but in this case it is. Ideas that changed Poe's story are not that bad, but the realization is lousy. The complete scenery screams FAKE, the story is inconsistent, acting mediocre, directing like in porn, and ending knocks the final nail in the coffin. If we simply cut the last scene and end movie with the one before, without any changes, we'll get an average '80s B horror ending. Why did they feel the need to additionally annoy viewers, already annoyed by wasting an hour and a half on a crappy movie, by adding terribly stupid, inconsistent, illogical and most of all redundant nonsense to the movie that already had a decent ending in the previous scene... I have a feeling that team, who spent their lives making porn exclusively, suddenly decided to make Poe adaptation. If that's true, good job guys, but if it's not the case, then please, change profession, or at least keep your hands off of classics.

4/10


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