Review: Tales of Terror (1962)

Horror time with Mr. Price, Mr. Corman and Mr. Poe.

blu“TALES OF TERROR”
1962
Horror
USA

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone
Distributor: Arrow
Runtime: 89 mins
BLU-RAY REGION B

“What happens at the point of death? What happens afterwards?”

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We are served with three short stories by Edgar Allan Poe stitched together as a feature film.
“Morella” is about a girl returning home to his father for the first time since she was a baby. Her mother died due to complications after birth and blamed it on the baby. When she gets home her grieving father slowly find his love for the daughter. But the ghost of her mother seeks revenge.

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“The Black Cat” follows a drunk bastard who’s drinking up his wife’s money. When she finds herself a lover the husband catches them and walls both of them. But where’s the cat?

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“The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” follows a dying man’s last wish. To be hypnotized in to a painful sleep before death. The problem is to get out of the trance once you died…

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When Corman was tired of making one long feature out of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories he put three shorties in as one full length movie. I had a lot of fun watching them. The first and last segment had some creepiness to them while there was to much humor and playful directing to “The Black Cat” to make it scary. All of them was highly entertaining, but if I compare them to Bava’s three segments in “Black Sabbath” the next year I’d go for the latter. Vincent Price plays three different characters in each story and do a good job as usual. A fine adaption of the novels nonetheless.

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