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The House of Usher (2006)

Three years after her lover, Rick Usher, and her best friend, Maddy Usher, had suddenly disappeared from her life without explanation, Jill Masters receives a phone call with news of ... See full summary »

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Hayley Cloake

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Collin Chang, Boyd Hancock (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Austin Nichols ... Roderick Usher
Izabella Miko ... Jill Michaelson
Beth Grant ... Mrs. Thatcher
Stephen Fischer Stephen Fischer ... Rupert Johnson (as Stephen C. Fischer)
Danielle McCarthy Danielle McCarthy ... Maddy Usher
Elizabeth Duff ... Nurse Lambert
Robin Kurian Robin Kurian ... Shay
Jason Fields Jason Fields ... Club Guy
Jamey Jasta Jamey Jasta ... Mini Cooper Guy
Ann Howland Ann Howland ... Edith (as Ann Richardson Howland)
Henry Ebinger Henry Ebinger ... Patient
Chris Eagan ... Priest
Tim Hancock Tim Hancock ... Bouncer
Nicholas Lapolla Nicholas Lapolla ... Taxi Driver
Patricia Durisin Barbera Patricia Durisin Barbera ... Stunt Belly
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Three years after her lover, Rick Usher, and her best friend, Maddy Usher, had suddenly disappeared from her life without explanation, Jill Masters receives a phone call with news of Maddy's death. Her last wish was for Jill to attend her funeral. Conflicted, Jill returns to the house of Usher, a remote New England enclave. Her love affair with Rick is rekindled as she learns he suffers from the same malady that robbed his twin sister, Maddy, of her sharp mind before taking her life. His affliction is manifested in a rare nerve condition, which renders him hyper-sensitive. Under the watchful eye of the caretaker, Nurse Thatcher, Jill appears to be haunted by the ghost of Maddy, and the secret of the house of Usher is exposed Written by Anonymous

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Some doors should never be opened See more »

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Rated R for some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dom Usherów See more »

Filming Locations:

Danvers, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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$130,000 (estimated)
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Abernathy Productions See more »
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(European Film Market)

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Judy Allan Poe, a descendant of Edgar Allan Poe, took part in the funeral scene. See more »

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serviceable thriller, fun to view and discuss
9 October 2006 | by oldwivestalesSee all my reviews

In this very serviceable thriller, a young woman named Jill hears from her former lover Roderick. He and his sister Maddie, her best friend when the three of them were at college together, disappeared suddenly from her life several years ago and she had not heard from either of them since. Roderick tells her that Maddie has died, and asks Jill to come for the funeral.

Roderick suffers from an illness that makes him sensitive to light and touch. He is a novelist and writes at night, wearing gloves and headphones to drown out sensation. He frequently communicates through typewritten notes that bear the Usher seal, weighty symbol of the burden of the Usher legacy. The novel he is writing parallels the happenings in the house, and he won't let Jill read it, saying that he isn't sure yet how it is going to turn out.

Roderick asks Jill to stay because he needs her, but she only gradually discovers his full intent. Austin Nichols is the restrained Roderick to Izabella Miko's translucent but determined Jill. Both are well cast in their roles.

The opening music and the repeated warnings of the housekeeper are a bit heavy-handed and the film might have done better to let the story unfold without them. The second half of the film has lots of plot twists that make for great after-viewing discussion. The artistry of the filming earned this film the best cinematography award at the Boston Film Festival where it premiered.

I recommend seeing this movie (but not alone!)


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