Horror 101 – Episode 60: Fall of the House of Usher

Horror 101 – Episode 60: Fall of the House of Usher – December 20th, 2016

The House of Usher is no more – and the place whereon it stood is as if – it had never been.

Welcome back to the Horror 101 show. This will be our 60th podcast, coming at you just in time for your holidays. To help us celebrate this 60th milestone we’re continuing the podcast with more classic Vincent Price horror and focusing on Roger Coreman’s Fall of the House of Usher from 1960. Based on the timelessly macabre short story by Edgar Allan Poe. This film is a king in the Gothic Horror enterprise with stunning atmosphere, rich sets and fantastic wardrobe. This was the first of many Poe adaptations featuring Price from American International Pictures. We’ll make some comparisons between the film and the original story and talk about Poe himself. Sit back, enjoy some eggnog and let Horror 101 bring some classic darkness to your holidays.


01:00 Prelude to Terror…
03:00 Celebrating our 60th with 1960 horror…
05:20 History of AIP…
07:18 “Within view of the melancholy House of Usher”
10:00 The ‘Get Out’ Campaign…
11:00 The love story…
13:40 Drinking in the atmosphere…
16:39 The Usher history…
19:50 “…the lady Madeline was no more.”
21:35 Edgar Allan Poe
23:00 The moving fingers…
26:13 “Nothing, I rave!”
28:50 “…the fragments of the House of Usher.”
29:50 Scoring the film…
24:15 Conclusion…Happy Holidays!

House of Usher (1960)

Directed by: Roger Coreman
Screenplay by: Richard Matheson
Based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe


Vincent Price as Roderick Usher
Mark Damon as Philip Winthrop
Myrna Fahey as Madeline Usher
Harry Ellerbe as Bristol

Produced by: Roger Corman
Executive Producer: James H. Nicholson
Director of Photography: Floyd Crosby
Music by: Les Baxter
Production Design by Daniel Haller

All video, pictures and audio used from House of Usher is copyright © 1960 by Alta Vista Productions and American International Pictures (AIP). Used for reviewing purposes only. No reproductions of any kind.