With mixed reviews in 1960, House of Usher is now regarded as a high point in Roger Corman’s filmography. Directed by Roger Corman and its screenplay written by Richard Matheson from the short story “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe. The film was the first of Corman films adapted for film from the writings of Poe. In the 1960s,Vincent Price had a number of low-budget successes with Roger Corman and American International Pictures and the adaptations of Poe, the first being House of Usher .
Vincent became a ledgend in many thillers, and of course became the haunting voice in the Michael Jackson video “Thiller”.
After a long journey, Philip arrives at the Usher mansion seeking his loved one, Madeline. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Madeline and her brother Roderick Usher have been afflicted with a mysterious malady: Roderick’s senses have become painfully acute, while Madeline has become catatonic. That evening, Roderick tells his guest of an old Usher family curse: any time there has been more than one Usher child, all of the siblings have gone insane and died horrible deaths. As the days wear on, the effects of the curse reach their terrifying climax. (plot summary from IMDB)
This film was one of the first films I ever watched with Vincent Price, and the reason he is one of my favorite actors of all time. The film is dark and brooding, just as I would have imagined it was in the mind of Poe. The other actors are pale in comparison to Price, who was soon to become the master of thrillers.