The House of Usher

The House of Usher

Movie: The House of Usher
Director: Alan Birkinshaw
Produced by: 21st Century
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MPAA Rating: R

Without a doubt the weirdest adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe tale in recent memory, this lurid production features a raging, leering Oliver Reed as Roderick Usher, who treats his nephew and the man’s bride-to-be to some genuine family hospitality by raping her and burying him alive. It seems Roderick intends to sire a child with the poor girl in order to continue the Usher bloodline — apparently oblivious to the fact that her marriage to his nephew would have accomplished the same thing. As if Reed’s lecherous advances weren’t enough, we are presented with a one-armed Donald Pleasence, who likes to threaten our heroine with a power drill attached to his stump! This film is not only an abomination to the memory of the great author, but a sick joke by comparison with Roger Corman’s excellent 1960 adaptation.

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