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The Comedy of Terrors / The Raven (Midnite Movies Double Feature) (1963)

Vincent Price , Peter Lorre , Jacques Tourneur , Roger Corman  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court, Olive Sturgess
  • Directors: Jacques Tourneur, Roger Corman
  • Writers: Richard Matheson, Edgar Allan Poe, Elsie Lee
  • Producers: Anthony Carras, James H. Nicholson, Richard Matheson
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
  • Run Time: 169 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PY45
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,614 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Comedy of Terrors / The Raven (Midnite Movies Double Feature)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 3 featurettes
  • Photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

Vincent Price and Peter Lorre star in a chilling double feature. Business is booming at a funeral parlor that employs a murderous undertaker in Comedy of Terrors (Basil Rathbone. 1964/84 min.), and three powerful magicians engage in a battle for supremacy in The Raven (Boris Karloff. 1963/86 min.). Color/NR.

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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Great Horror Spoofs October 28, 2003
Format:DVD
This DVD contains two movies with similar casts and similar black humor.
In Comedy Of Terrors, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone team up in a tragi-comedy of an undertaker who decides to increase business through murder. Many wonderful scenes and plenty of Shakespearian references (not just the title), my favorite being Karloff enacting the poison scene from Romeo and Juliet with Price. Well done.
In the Raven, Price, Karloff and Lorre are joined by Jack Nicholson. The film opens with Price reading a tome of forgotten lore when there is a rapping at his chamber door. The rapping is a raven at the window. It enters and lands on a bust. Price asks it if he shall ever again see Lenore (his dead wife) and the raven responds, "How the hell should I know!" And thus the tone is set.
Price is a wizard and must confront an evil wizard (Karloff) which, after many plot turns, results in one of the finest magic battles ever filmed.
Dark comedy and excellent acting abound in both of these films. A wonderful disk.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quoth The Big Budget...Nevermore! November 20, 2005
Format:DVD
I love Vincent Price and Peter Lorre, not to mention Poe, so I was certainly looking forward to watching these.

The first movie is The Comedy of Terrors and it really is quite funny. Since you've read the plot a million times on these reviews, I'll cut to the chase. Vincent Price and Peter Lorre try to drum up more business for a funeral home through murder, hence more customers.
Vincent Price is laugh out loud funny, and really does have a talent for comedy, as does Peter Lorre. The facial expressions of Price are fantastic, as they were in Tales of Terror and it's an enjoyable film to watch. Watch for the actress called "Beverly Hills" in this one. (You'll recognize her by her, uh, name.) On a last note with this movie, Joyce Jameson, sexy as always, plays the wife of Vincent Price in this, and it's just so nice to watch a film where you know that all the women involved have natural figures from the waist up. No guessing here. This era has passed.

The second film was pretty good, which is The Raven. Based on Poe's poem, The Raven, is named as a "comedy" and has its moments, but I enjoyed it more as a fun drama than a straight ahead gag reel. Price and Lorre are good as always and Jack Nicholson even pops up here as the son of Peter Lorre, which is odd enough. The movie is basically about a couple of powerful wizards (Price and Boris Karloff) who end up fighting each other for supremecy. A big budget film this is not, which is funny, considering that Corman says in one of the special features that this is one of the highest budget films in the Poe line. The ending battle between Price and Karloff is hysterically bad (in a good way). It is so utterly cheesy, you just have to laugh.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pair of Richard Matheson written comedy thrillers November 14, 2004
Format:DVD
Director Roger Corman figured that the Poe adaptations he had been making at American International starting with "House of Usher" had pretty much run its course, so in a final masterstroke he decided to start playing up the humor. The result might be more like "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" than "The Pit and the Pendulum," but you have to admit "The Raven" is one of the best comedy-thrillers ever made. Even though Corman did not do "The Comedy of Terrors," it is a fitting counterpart to "The Raven" because not only do you have the same veteran horror actors in both films, but because writer Richard Matheson wrote both scripts. Matheson wrote the best of the AI films and deserves to be considered one of the best scripters of horror films of all time.

"The Comedy of Terrors" has a very simple premise. Vincent Price plays Waldo Trumbull, an undertaker who has not been getting any business so he decides to make some for himself by bumping off rich people. Also along for the fun are Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Basil Rathbone, who tend to throw in a lot of Shakespeare quotes in the proceedings (Matheson wrote the whole script in blank verse). Lorre is Price's assistant and Karloff plays the senile father of Price's wife (Joyce Jameson). Joe E. Brown shows up to play the cemetery keeper as well (anybody remember when he played Shakespeare in 1935's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?).

The film, also known as "The Graveyard Story," is directed by Jacques Tourneur, who first made a name for himself with "Cat People" when he headed the horror unit at RKO. Still, many viewers will be surprised that this was not a Corman film and, indeed, he seems to be the only one of the usual cast of suspects not involved in the film.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You'll scream... with laughter!! September 9, 2003
Format:DVD
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Panavision)
Theatrical soundtrack: Mono

THE RAVEN (USA - 1963): During the 15th century, an evil sorceror (Boris Karloff) lures his arch rival (Vincent Price) to a lonely castle where they fight a magical duel to the death...

Handsomely mounted on some of the most lavish sets ever created for AIP's Poe series, THE RAVEN toplines Price, Karloff and Peter Lorre for the first time in their careers, alongside a very young Jack Nicholson (making the most of a juvenile supporting role). Richard Matheson's clever script turns the faux seriousness of earlier Poe pictures on its head, countering Price's overwrought histrionics with a series of rude rejoinders from Lorre, who relishes his role as a cowardly magician whose divided loyalties place everyone around him in danger. The movie's visual impact is inevitably diminished on TV, but Price and Karloff are worthy adversaries, and their climactic duel is one of the most celebrated set-pieces in horror movie history, despite some fairly obvious trick-work. Floyd Crosby's expansive cinematography and Daniel Haller's 'olde worlde' set designs conspire to render a suitably Gothic atmosphere, though the movie derives most of its strength from the quality of its dialogue and performances. Directed by Roger Corman.

THE COMEDY OF TERRORS (USA - 1963): The proprietor of a debt-ridden funeral parlor (Price) seeks to drum up a little business by resorting to murder, but one of his 'victims' (Basil Rathbone) turns out to be cataleptic and refuses to lie down and die...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Raven has been a long time favorite of mine!
This set of movies are a treasure! The cast is amazing and to see them together doing comedy/horror is perfect.
Published 10 days ago by Dana Welcker
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun trip down memory lane.
A fun movie with Peter Lorre, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and the first movie in which we get to see Jack Nicholson. Light comedy with great actors.
Published 14 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Tee Hee.
These two movies are the greatest. I know for a fact that they are, both, one of the reasons I am able to watch the stupid stuff that comes out these days.
Published 2 months ago by rg
5.0 out of 5 stars didn't actually view it.
Purchased this as a gift through amazon.com. It arrived promptly and in excellent condition. Having seen the movie years ago, i know it is darkly comedic with dry humor.
Published 2 months ago by duhbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love it for two reasons. 1) I love movie spoofs of any genre, 2) Price, Karloff, and Lorre are all favorite actors of mine.
Published 2 months ago by Lloyd Sprinkle
4.0 out of 5 stars Price at his funniest
If you enjoy Vincent Price at possibly his most hilarious, then get these. They are great! Get them! They are great!
Published 2 months ago by Tom Sawyer
3.0 out of 5 stars A comic view on Horror
If you like Vincent Price then this two movie set is good for your collection, Otherwise it is no big deal. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jerry G
5.0 out of 5 stars Vincent price fan
I enjoyed his all of his horror movies and this is a funny one to get if you are a fan of his.
Published 6 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Hi-jinks with the Masters of Horror
This double-bill of classic horror-comedy films starring the triumvirate of horror: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff is a treat that should be viewed with an eye to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jaime Contreras
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Great and Fun Horror Movies!
The Comedy of Terrors is about a Undertaker (Price) who to help his fledgling business he took over from Joyce Jameson's sick father Karloff is committing murder. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cagneyfan67
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