Clip | Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive - Filmmaker Roger Corman on “The Fall of the House of Usher”

Filmmaker Roger Corman was initially drawn to Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” because of the macabre setting. After the film was a great success Corman was asked to continue adapting Poe’s works for cinema, going on to make “The Pit and the Pendulum,” among others.


Major support for Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support for this film is provided in part by National Endowment for the Arts, Joy Fishman, and Wallace S Wilson.

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What drew me to 'The Fall of the House of Usher' first was the macabre setting.

The house itself surrounded by fog deserted and then within the house the relationship between Roderick Usher and his sister. The incestuous sexual slash horror relationship between them it was just a fascinating situation. I think 'The Fall of the House of Usher' did set a tone for Poe. I'm not certain if he planned to continue. I myself had no plans to make a second picture. I simply wanted to make 'The Fall of the House of Usher.' It was very large success for the company I was working with, and they asked me to make a second picture, and I chose 'The Pit and the Pendulum.' So I unwittingly got into a cycle of Poe.