02 October 2014

Tales of Terror (1962)
89 min.
Directed by Roger Corman.
With Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Debra Paget, Maggie Pierce, Joyce Jameson, David Frankham, Leona Gage.
A trilogy of classic Edgar Allan Poe stories gets the Roger Corman treatment - with above average results.

In Morella, Vincent Price keeps his wife's corpse enshrined upstairs and blames her death on his daughter. Watch out for that switcharoo.

Lorre and Price stage a standoff in The Black Cat, culminating in the latter feeling a tad 'walled in.'

And The Case of Mr. Valdemar showcases Rathbone as the master hypnotist Carmichael who mesmerizes Price at the point of his own death...with unintended results.

Well done overall and a pleasure to see Price, Lorre and Rathbone in the same vehicle.

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