House Of Usher (1960)

House Of Usher (1960)
Philip Winthrop travels from Boston to visit his fiancée, Madeline, at her family’s estate. What he finds is a floundering, decrepit home, at risk of ruin, cursed by the Usher family who have lived there for centuries. With her brother, Roderick, unwilling to let her go, Philip tries to convince Madeline to leave before fate makes her another victim of the Usher line. Here are a few movie mistakes to look for while watching 1960’s “House of Usher”.

· Philip Winthrop arrives at the Usher house where he is met by Bristol. Bristol asks Philp to remove his boots. Philip sits on a bench in the foyer and, in the overhead view, is shown removing his right boot. It cuts to a close-up of Philip when he realizes Bristol is gone. He stands up without taking off the left boot, and walks around. Philip is now wearing his socks and the boots are gone. Bristol then arrives and gives him a pair of slippers.

· Philip sneaks into Madeline’s bedroom and Roderick suddenly appears. Roderick sits on the edge of the bed and, in the side left side view, when he tells her he loves her more than anything in the world, both of his hands are on her upper arms. It cuts to a closer view when he says, “can’t you see…” and he’s now holding both of her hands.

· CAUTION: May Contain Spoilers! Roderick and Philip are in the Usher chapel with Madeline’s coffin. Roderick closes the top portion of the casket and he and Philip proceed to carry the coffin out of the chapel and down the hallway. Roderick is carrying the head of the casket, noticeable by the smaller square on the lid, while Philip is carrying the end near the feet, noticeable by the longer rectangle on the lid. The two walk down the stairs toward the crypt and they’re now reversed. Roderick is carrying the foot of the casket while Philip is carrying the head. It’s changed back to Roderick at the head and Philip at the foot when they finally make it to the crypt.

“House of Usher” (1960) is based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe. The movie stars Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey and Harry Ellerbe. It runs 79 minutes and is Not Rated.

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