Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher has been filmed several times, most famously in 1960 by Roger Corman and 2002 by Ken Russell. Curtis Harrington was a huge fan of the story, shooting a ten minute version in 1942 and a 36 minute take in 2002 with both starring himself as Roderick and Madeline Usher. There’s even been a TV movie that had Martin Landau, Robert Hays and Charlene Tilton.
Now, first-time feature director Patrick Picard has brought a fresh take to the story with The Bloodhound.
This movie is a tight 72 minutes, which is really the perfect length for a movie, and tells the story of Francis (Liam Aiken, A Series of Unfortunate Events), who comes to the home of his wealthy childhood friend JP Luret (Joe Adler, who was in the 2019 Twin Peaks).
JP claims that he is dying, another potential victim of the Luret family’s legacy of self-destruction and depression. The only other occupant in his home is his twin Vivian (Annalise Basso, Ladyworld), who may be just as damaged as her brother.
While violent and argumentative, JP wishes to connect with his friend and feel something, but it seems as if it’s impossible for the Lurets to ever survive.
This is a movie that mostly has two men sitting in a house and everything is uncomfortable between them. Somehow, it is not boring and instead fascinating. A big reason could be that the setting is incredible. And man, this movie did nothing to make me dislike rich people any less, because I really think that this story is much closer to truth than fiction. I can’t wait to see what Picard makes next.
The Arrow Video release of this film comes complete with brand new audio commentary by director Patrick Picard and editor David Scorca, four of Picard’s short films and a making of feature.
You can get this movie from MVD.