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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q66QGA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,970 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Edgar Allan Poe's own "Fall of the House of Usher" is classy 19th century gothic horror fiction. Updated and modernised, it does not really make quite the same impact. Hayley Cloake's film based loosely on the story is, well, downright cheesy, cheaply produced and lacking in finesse. Sexualising the tale, I suppose, could make some sense, but just how "Jill", the female visitor at the manor in this version, comes to perpetuate, in whatever way, the movie's incestuous Usher family line is not very clear. After all, she is not related to the incestuously inclined Usher family present-day and ancestral. On seeing Maddy (i.e., Madeline Usher), Rick Usher's supposedly dead and buried sister, at last, Maddy is all bloody at the groin, making one wonder if Maddy's twin children somehow have been excised from her womb, thanks to the wonders of sci-fi modern medicine, to be placed, again somehow, alive in Jill's uterus, unbeknownst to the recipient, but this is no more than guessing on my part. (If that had been the case, however, one would have to wonder why there is no evidence of it on Jill's person; she only feels the discomfort of early pregnancy.) Well, there are references to a "surrogate" (who else but Jill?) in the novel which Rick, a writer of pop mass-marketed fiction, is portrayed as writing, obviously based on what is happening at the House of Usher, so at least this seems to me to be a reasonable surmise. (Maybe something like Voodoo is the mechanism through which this could have been accomplished, if the twin babies' parentage really has to be Maddy as well as Rick; somehow, though, I sense that my supposition is falling apart!) A film so sexually explicit as this one should have made that more clear.Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joao Barbosa on 21 Dec. 2009
Format: DVD
This one is a thriller based on Edgar Alan Poe's story "The Fall Of The House Of Usher". It's a modern approach to the theme and not a remake of any of the previous movies with the same title. And I think the film had gained if at least the director had tried to reproduce the eerie atmosphere of other interpretation of the tale. Not being the case, the story loses much of it's power.
So, the story begins with Jill Masters travelling to the Usher family house to attend Maddy Usher's funeral. Maddy and her brother Rick used to be best friends to Jill during college, but they disappeared from her life without explanation. Now, she was invited by Rick, who besides being a friend, had a love affair with Jill in the past, to stay with him for some time, wich she agrees after learning that he his suffering the same illness that took Maddy's life. His affliction is manifested in a rare nerve condition, which renders him hypersensitive. During the time at house, and at the same time Jill rekindles her love affair with Rick, she is tormented by what she believes being Maddy's ghost. Finally, and after discovering she is pregnant with Rick's baby, Jill learns that the Usher family has practiced incest for the past generations and all the prior generations had twins, who later became a couple and birthed twins of their own, right down to Maddy and Rick. Maddy is then found to be alive, not wanting to continue the family's tradition and commiting suicide and killing his brother in the process. In the end, contrary to all expectations, Jill decides to have the baby, who turned out to be twins, therefore continuing the Usher family's dinasty.
As I said previously, this is a modern adaptation of the classic tale, and I believe something has been lost in the process.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
More like the house of pain.......1 1/2 stars 15 July 2008
By C. Lockwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Edgar Allen Poe is a very creative and masterful story teller, so take my advice when I say just read his work on this one. I was flipping through the movie channels one night and came upon this, and with Edgar involved I decided to give it a chance. It's one of those movies that you are asking yourself the whole time, why am I watching it? Being a huge fan of low budget horror films, I was kind of exciting to see what this had to offer. The answer is nothing. House Of Usher was very boring and unnecessary to make with Edgar Allen Poe as the involvement around the whole thing. As great as he is, he should never be degraded so badly.

Jill recieves a phone call one day stating that her best friend Maddy Usher that disappeared from her life with no explanation three years prior has died. Not really wanting to go back Jill decides because it was Maddy's last wish to attend her funeral. At the funeral Jill sees Maddy's brother Rick, who she had a relationship with three years ago, he also disappeared with no explanation. After agruing with him about the reasoning behind their disappearance she finds out they both had nerve diseases and didn't want to put her through the pain of seeing them like that. She forgives him and starts to rekindle their old relationship. She has no idea what family secrets are hidden in The House Of Usher.

The storyline was the only thing that was enjoyable, which is because of course Edgar Allen Poe. I am actually very disappointed to have watched something this bad with his name anywhere near it. As I said before just stick with reading the story.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A TRUE GOTHIC TALE 21 July 2008
By Ruggero Deodato - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
MY REVIEW:

THIS IS A GREAT GOTHIC DARK SEXY FILM. WHAT I MEAN BY SEXY IS NOT NUDITY BECAUSE THERE IS NONE IN THIS MOVIE. THIS FILM GOES BACK TO THE CLASSIC STYLE OF FILM MAKING THAT HAMMER HOUSE OF HORRORS KNEW SO WELL. MIX THE WONDERFUL DARK SHADOWS T.V. SHOW AND JUST ABOUT ANY HAMMER MOVIE AND YOU HAVE THIS WONDERFUL MODERN TALE OF EDGAR ALLEN POE'S THE HOUSE OF USHER.

I ENJOYED THIS MOVIE. THE ACTING WAS GREAT. THE STORYLINE, THE UPDATE IS PERFECT. THE SENSUAL SEXY DARK NATURE OF THE MOVIE IS PERFECT. THIS FILM IS FUN AND FILLED WITH A GREAT MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE TYPE OF FEEL. IT WORKS IN MANY WAYS AND IS PERFECT TO VIEW FOR FANS OF HORROR. FOR FANS OF DARK GOTHIC TYPE HORROR.

A WOMAN NAMED JILL IS CALLED BY RICK USHER TO BE TOLD HER BEST FRIEND MADDY HAS DIED THAT SHE HAS NOT SEEN IN THREE YEARS. RICK IS MADDY'S BROTHER. RICK AND JILL WHERE ONCE BOYFRIEND AND GIRLFRIEND BUT RICK AND MADDY PUSHED JILL AWAY THREE YEARS AGO. JILL RETURNS TO THE HUGE HOUSE IN THE WOODS TO WATCH HER BEST FRIEND BE BURIED. SHE IS ASKED TO STAY BY RICK USHER. THE HOUSE IS COLD, DARK AND FILLED WITH MYSTERY. THE MAID MRS. THATCHER (WHO IS PLAYED BY THE WONDERFUL TALENTED AMAZING BETH GRANT ) IS A MYSTERY IN HER SELF. SHE IS LIKE A BRICK WALL, NO EMOTIONS, DEEP AND DARK AND TO THE POINT.

THE MOVIE IS FILMED IN AWAY THAT IT DRAWS YOU IN AND PLACES YOU INSIDE THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY. INSIDE THE DARKNESS YOU WALK AS YOU LISTEN AND SEE THE STRANGE THINGS HAPPENING TO JILL. YOU BECOME APART OF THAT SEXUAL TENSION AND MYSTERY BETWEEN JILL AND RICK. YOU PLAY ALONG WITH THE COLD STARES OF MRS. THATCHER AND HER MEDDLING WAYS. THE FILM TAKES YOU INSIDE THAT CLASSIC GOTHIC REALITY THAT EDGAR ALLEN POE WOULD HAVE LIKED.
AS TIME GOES ON JILL STARTS TO REALIZE THAT WHAT SHE HAS BECOME INVOLVED IN IS A MASTER PLAN OF THE USHER'S. THIS MOVIE TAKES YOU ON A JOURNEY INTO A DARK ATMOSPHERE OF LUST, LOVE, PASSION AND A SENSE OF PURE DARKNESS MIXED WITH AN UNEXPLAINABLE EVIL. THIS MOVIE HAS YOU GUESSING UNTIL THE END AND ONCE THE TRUTH COMES OUT THE MOVIE IS JUST BROUGHT TOGETHER WITH MORE FANTASTIC DEEP DARK GOTHIC HORROR. [...] com/
Verdict Is in: the Buyer Can Do So Much Better by Poe in By-passing this Particular, Cheap, & Sexualised Retelling of the Tale 25 Sept. 2013
By Gerald Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Edgar Allan Poe's own "Fall of the House of Usher" is classy 19th century gothic horror fiction. Updated and modernised, it does not really make quite the same impact. Hayley Cloake's film based loosely on the story is, well, downright cheesy, cheaply produced and lacking in finesse. Sexualising the tale, I suppose, could make some sense, but just how "Jill", the female visitor at the manor in this version, comes to perpetuate, in whatever way, the movie's incestuous Usher family line is not very clear. After all, she is not related to the incestuously inclined Usher family present-day and ancestral. On seeing Maddy (i.e., Madeline Usher), Rick Usher's supposedly dead and buried sister, at last, Maddy is all bloody at the groin, making one wonder if Maddy's twin children somehow have been excised from her womb, thanks to the wonders of sci-fi modern medicine, to be placed, again somehow, alive in Jill's uterus, unbeknownst to the recipient, but this is no more than guessing on my part. (If that had been the case, however, one would have to wonder why there is no evidence of it on Jill's person; she only feels the discomfort of early pregnancy.) Well, there are references to a "surrogate" (who else but Jill?) in the novel which Rick, a writer of pop mass-marketed fiction, is portrayed as writing, obviously based on what is happening at the House of Usher, so at least this seems to me to be a reasonable surmise. (Maybe something like Voodoo is the mechanism through which this could have been accomplished, if the twin babies' parentage really has to be Maddy as well as Rick; somehow, though, I sense that my supposition is falling apart!) A film so sexually explicit as this one should have made that more clear.

There are some rather very low-tech sci-fi touches, especially that eerie tank in which Rick, Jill, and Maddy all immerse themselves, at various points in the movie, into its putatively healing and revivifying waters. The tank is illumined, but that is about all that Cloake and his crew did to make it look spooky. The same goes for all of the movie's effects, under-impressing the viewer, because they are done "on the cheap". The male lead, "Rick", is a pleasantly (but too blandly) good-looking and reasonably well-built lad, as one can see when he gets out of (or is taken out of) his rather foppish clothing, but he does not have the hulking and haunted look that should come naturally to actors who set out to portray Poe's Roderick.

The movie does not have a continuous feel to it. It just seems to be stuck together, moment-by-moment, scene by scene, with too little flow or tension in transitions. The background sounds, both music and effects, seems to be computer-generated and no more than minimally convincing sonically.

"Take a pass" on this one; I bought it at a pawn shop for very little and I would not advise spending any more than I did ($1.50 Can. for the used copy, if I recall aright) to have it, if one really desires to satisfy one's curiosity about it. Maybe that money, if one is seeks Poe-based "camp", is better used towards buying David deCoteau's even cheesier, but entertaining, all-male (fetchingly well cast for laddish "eye-candy") gay "take" on Poe in that notorious director's film equally or even, obviously, more loosely based retelling of the fate of Poe's doomed Usher family.
GREAT FOR OPEN MINDED STRANGE LOVERS 23 Dec. 2014
By Mrs.R - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have been looking for this film for about 4 years . I liked it so much. Its strange and thrilling and a little "WTF". But I loved that and it has Austin Nichols so I liked it even more the plot is interesting .But I will say this version isn't for everyone.
It is not big budget so don't go wanting all that cash and flare its simpler but just a nice rainy day film if your into the strange.
Usher 17 Aug. 2013
By Patricia Feinberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've seen the "Fall of the House of Usher", which this is merely named after; there are a few 'similarities' (hyper-sensory). I had rented this movie a couple of years ago, and even though it's not with ((Vincent Price)), it's still a fairly good movie in it's own right.
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