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32 Days of Halloween VI, Movie Night No. 28: House of Usher (1960)

By Widge - posted 10.27.12 @ 7:00 pm

House of Usher (1960): Vincent Price and Mark Damonq

Yes, we posted the trailer last year but now it's time to enjoy the entirety of Roger Corman's take on House of Usher from 1960. The first of Corman's series of films based on (but more simply "inspired by" as time went on) Poe, it has many things to commend it: an awesome array of costumes and sets that are 60s-horror-cinematastic; the script by Richard Matheson; and Vincent Price rocking the role of Roderick with so much gravitas it's amazing any light could escape. Fun as hell, it's amazing--even knowing that it's Corman--that it was shot in fifteen days. (That fact per Wikipedia, which is always right.) Enjoy.

Update: The full film is gone, so we'll drop back to the trailer and punt...

The DVD from MGM is currently out of print and pricey. However, it is available to rent from Amazon Instant Video for $3.

Last year we were watching The Beach Girls and the Monster, then before that, The Bat from 1926, The Bat from 1959, the 1928 Fall of the House of Usher, and the 1920 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.


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