House of Usher (1960): Corman’s Horror Film in Color, Starring Vincent Price

Roger Corman directed House of Usher, a horror film starring Vincent Price, written by Richard Matheson from Edgar Allan Poe‘s short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

This was the first of eight Corman-Poe feature films, starring Vincent Price, Myrna Fahey, Mark Damon and Harry Ellerbe.

The film was important in the history of American International Pictures (AIP), which until then specialized in low-budget black/white films.

The market for this genre was in decline, when AIP gambled on making a bigger budgeted horror film in color, the company’s most ambitious film to date.

The gamble paid off: Shot in 15 days, and made on a budget of $300,000, the film was commercially successful, earning more than $3 million at the box-office.

In 2005, the film was listed with the United States National Film Registry as being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

The film is also known as “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Mysterious House of Usher.”

Credits

Produced and directed by Roger Corman

Music by Les Baxter
Cinematography: Floyd Crosby
Edited by Anthony Carras
Production company: Alta Vista Productions
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release date: June 18, 1960
Running time: 79 minutes