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The Fall of the House of Usher, © 1960 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Haunted Houses and Terrible Tombs: Roger Corman’s Poe Cycle

Oct 28 — Oct 30, 2022

No longer content with producing black-and-white exploitation films with low budgets and fearsome shooting schedules, legendary cult filmmaker Roger Corman entered the 1960s in lavish color with the release of House of Usher, adapted from the classic tale by Edgar Allan Poe. This film marked the beginning of Corman’s cycle of Poe adaptations, which continue to be popular among horror fans for their gothic scenery, weird atmosphere, and deliciously villainous performances from series stalwart Vincent Price. These films not only conjure the macabre mind of Poe but also represent a high artistic mark in Corman’s career, showcasing his ability to walk the line between art-house and pop filmmaking.