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The Fall of the House of Usher (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | TV Movie 25 July 1982
It is the year 1839. Architect Jonathan Criswell receives a letter from his old friend Roderick Usher asking Jonathan to come and see him. Arriving along with his newlywed wife Jennifer, ... See full summary »

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It is the year 1839. Architect Jonathan Criswell receives a letter from his old friend Roderick Usher asking Jonathan to come and see him. Arriving along with his newlywed wife Jennifer, Jonathan finds Roderick and his sister Madeleine aged beyond their years. Roderick tells him how they have both been maddened by a crippling hyper-alertness of senses. In trying to find a way of bolstering the Usher house against frequent earth tremors, Jonathan learns of the unspeakable atrocities and devil worship practiced by Roderick's ancestors. These have brought a curse on the House of Usher, meaning that none of the family can live beyond their 37th year. Jonathan must try to save the house in doing so he will be helping save his friend Roderick and his sister before the Usher curse takes them. Written by Mark Fair

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This is the last of the "Classics Illustrated" TV-movies produced by Sunn Classic Pictures. See more »

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decent television effort at a horror classic
25 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

This telefilm version of the Edgar Allan Poe classic was originally telecast as one in a series of telefilms loosely based on the old "Illustrated Classics" comic books(HUCKLEBERRY FINN and THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS were two other adaptations). No, it isn't high art, but it is an admirable effort given the constraints of the medium. The plot and spooky atmosphere was enough to keep this(then)10-year old fixated. The whole effort reminds me of the Hammer horror films, just scaled down for television.


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