31 July 2014

Twice Told Tales (1963)
119 min.
Directed by Sidney Salkow.
With Vincent Price, Sebastian Cabot, Mari Blanchard, Brett Halsey, Joyce Taylor, Beverly Garland, Richard Denning, Abraham Sofaer.
Anthology comprised of three horror tales based on Nathaniel Hawthorne stories.

Price leads in each segment, most effectively the enchanting Dr. Heidegger's Experiment, a yarn about a water-based elixir that restores youth to two old friends and resurrects their lost love - then destroys them all!

Others include The House of the Seven Gables which revolves around an age-old family curse and Rappacini's Daughter about a reclusive scientist who 'poisons' his daughter to keep her alive...and pure.

Well done overall.

But whatever you do, just don't touch that funky purple plant!

Director Salkow would co-helm Vincent Price in another notable horror the following year: the spectacular zombie sci fi horror The Last Man on Earth (1964).

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