House of Usher (1960)

House of Usher (1960), produced and directed by Roger Corman.

A young man tries to retrieve his fiance from the ultimate decaying old mansion, but her brother isn't having it. Doomed, doomed, doomed, all are doomed in this life and the next.

The first of the long-running Corman Poe series was a huge success and put American International on the map. The action picks up in the second half, but the first is mostly gothic dialogue and situations.

Price's sensitive and blonde Roderick Usher is a worthy invention: morose to the point of mental illness, probably hereditary, but not a villain in his own eyes, or even in ours. He does what he must: extinguish the Usher blood line.

Corman's commentaries are always worth a listen, although I've heard some of this before from the other discs in the set:

Richard Matheson screenplay, adapted from Poe.

Available on Blu-ray. Director's commentary track, plus a short second one giving a fluffy Price biography.

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