The House of Usher, 2006 movie

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I taped this looking forward to a new take on The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe.  It had been awhile since I read the short story, but know the story.  It is a true masterpiece of American Gothic and I knew the movie had to be creepy.

The movie has a big house and twins, Maddie and Roderick, or Rick as he is called in this movie, and…that’s it.  I am somewhat offended that they call this a modern take on the short story.  It is not even close.  First, it’s just a house.  There was no feeling of the house being alive or even at the very least, haunted.  Second, the ‘visitor’ is an old girlfriend who is never quite fully clothed who doesn’t mind having sex with Rick.  And, well, the eerie twist of this movie is just gross and is really ridiculous.  

Before you even consider watching this movie, read the story, close your eyes and imagine the movie, and then move on with your day.  There is no reason to waste any more of my time or yours by talking about it further.

3 thoughts on “The House of Usher, 2006 movie

  1. Tonya says:

    I hate when you get yourself excited to see something and it not only lets you down but drops you off a cliff. I remember that feeling when I was 14 and watched Flowers In the Attic for the first time. I had just finished the series. Oh my, it was terrible.

    I read that series (and loved it as a teenager), but I avoided the movie like the plague. Sounds like that was a good thing 🙂

  2. Aidan Brack says:

    I feel fortunate that I missed that one – particularly as I hold the short story in rather high regard and it sounds like they used the name and that was about it…

    I’ll be sure to avoid!

    If the ex-girlfriend didn’t ruin it the twist near the end certainly did. Do you know of a good adaptation?

  3. Aidan Brack says:

    The one that most people rate highest seems to be the 1960 Roger Corman picture starring Vincent Price although I’m pretty sure I’ve not seen it.

    The only version I’ve seen was an ’88 adaptation with Oliver Reed and Donald Pleasance which was set in the present day but acted in period costume. That film features a character killing people with a drill and the tone is more one of disgust than genuine chills.

    Thanks. I’ll have to look for it the next time I go to the library.

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