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The Fall Of The House Of Usher Review

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A traveller arrives at the House of Usher to find two siblings living under a terrible curse.

★★★★★

Influencing everyone from Peter Greenaway to Stephen King via Martin Scorsese, the first in Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe cycle remains terrific stuff.

Armed with a smart script by Richard Matheson, Corman mines perceptible unease from the tale of a family, headed up by a masterfully creepy Vincent Price, struck by a bizarre curse in a malevolent mansion which itself becomes a tangible character.

If occasionally the supporting cast - Myrna Fahey as Price's sister, Mark Damon as her suitor - are as creaky as the old house, the mixture of English Gothic, French Grand Guignol and American low-budget thrills make for an intoxicating brew.

If occasionally the supporting cast are as creaky as the old house, the mixture of English Gothic, French Grand Guignol and American low-budget thrills make for an intoxicating brew.

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