#25: House of Usher 1960 Dir. Roger Corman
Primarily known for making low-budget, black and white movies, Roger Corman's American International Pictures decided to make a full color adaptation of Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher. The first of Corman's "Poe Films", House of Usher follows Phillip Winthrop as he travels to the Usher mansion to woo his young love, Madeline. When he arrives, he finds that Roderick, played brilliantly by Vincent Price, fears that if Madeline marries, the Usher family curse will be visited on future generations. What follows are scenes of madness, live burial and a fire that consumes the mansion.
House of Usher is among the best horror films of the 1960s, it's gaudy fun and if you're in the mood for a film that showcases over the top gothic horror, this is your movie. Plus, how can you go wrong with the brilliant Vincent Price.