House of Usher | Chicago Reader

House of Usher

This 1960 film by Roger Corman, liberally adapted from Edgar Allan Poe's “Fall of” same, initiated American-International's Poe series of the 60s, and it is one of the best entries in the cycle. Corman's early films are ideological precursors of Easy Rider and the other late-60s youth-cult movies; most of them are centered on an idealistic young man (here, Mark Damon) who confronts and destroys a pathetically decadent representative of the previous generation (inevitably, Vincent Price). Corman's filmmaking runs on unchanneled energy and apocalyptic emotions; his is an art without craft. 85 min.

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