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Tales of Terror/Twice Told Tales (Midnite Movies Double Feature) (1963)

Vincent Price , Maggie Pierce , Roger Corman , Sidney Salkow  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Vincent Price, Maggie Pierce, Leona Gage, Peter Lorre, Joyce Jameson
  • Directors: Roger Corman, Sidney Salkow
  • Writers: Robert E. Kent, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Richard Matheson
  • Producers: James H. Nicholson, Robert E. Kent
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 209 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000787YRM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,104 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tales of Terror/Twice Told Tales (Midnite Movies Double Feature)" on IMDb

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TALES OF TERROR: Original Theatrical Trailer Widescreen (2.35) English (Mono) Subtitles: French, Spanish TWICE TOLD TALES: Widescreen (1.66)

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When you've got Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, and Peter Lorre all in the same movie, how can you go wrong? Tales of Terror is a trio of Edgar Allen Poe stories, starring three of horror's greats and produced and directed by the immortal Roger Corman. The first story, "Morella," involves a girl (Debra Paget) who returns to her isolated, spooky family home to see her estranged father (Price) for the first time in 26 years. He's let the housekeeping slide a bit--cobwebs abound and, oh, yes, his dead wife is still upstairs. Peter Lorre joins the fun for "The Black Cat," a piece with comic flavor that allows Price to show his rarely seen silly side, and then it's Basil Rathbone's turn to be creepy in "The Case of M. Valdemar," the tale of a mesmerist who decides to experiment with the unknown (bad idea). The movie is well paced, and makes good use of comedy without undercutting its chills. It's a rare treat to see this many masters of the genre working together and so clearly enjoying themselves. Don't miss it. --Ali Davis

After the horror-triptych format proved a box-office winner in Tales of Terror, Twice Told Tales repeated the idea… this time not with Edgar Allan Poe stories, but the work of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Good idea, as Hawthorne delivered some eerie stories in his time, but the execution here is less than scintillating. The first story, "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment," is the most entertaining of the bunch, in part because Vincent Price (the star of all three stories, natch) and Sebastian Cabot appear to be enjoying the premise: two old friends discover a Fountain of Youth elixir. This will come in handy in erasing their own wrinkles and gray hair, as well as reviving the corpse of Cabot's long-dead bride… but be careful what you wish for. The second is "Rappaccini's Daughter," with Price as an overly protective father with a novel way to keep his daughter from the sins of the flesh. It is fatally dull, and the final segment, a severe condensation of Hawthorne's novel "The House of the Seven Gables," is even more annoying, although at least it moves along a bit. The story does offer foxy scream queen Beverly Garland in her prime. Journeyman director Sidney Salkow is responsible for the deadly pace, which leaves only Vincent Price as the reason to watch the proceedings. He's just dandy, but the Roger Corman films of the same era are the ones to see. --Robert Horton


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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HORROR Fan delight September 8, 2008
Format:DVD
In the 1960's, Roger Corman directed and produced many of Edgar Allan Poe's novels and short stories to the silver screen. The cast were usually Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone with a few appearances by Boris Karloff (The Raven is one of those and is worth every penny if you find it).

This double feature of Poe Tales are suited for these masters of fright and their wonderful acting talents.

Those fans of modern day splatter horror may not get these semi bloodless thriller. However these tales of mayhem may grow on you

Without a doubt, worth every penny to keep in any horror collection

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anthology of creepy stories -perfect for Halloween! October 10, 2009
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Every October, I go on a horror movie binge, revisiting some old favorites, and discovering new classic horror titles to get me in the mood for Halloween. This double feature is actually an anthology of stories that are creepy, at times campy, but all of which are high on atmosphere and gothic suspense. In "Twice Told Tales", the three stories featured are by no means good adaptations of the original sources,but are still worth viewing if only to watch the incomparable Vincent Price. The stories here are very loosely adapted from the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The first story "Dr Heidegger's Experiment" is perhaps the best of the three - it centers around two old friends who suddenly find the source of life and youth dripping from the ceiling of a crypt. Before long, the two friends restore their youth and also bring a long-dead corpse back to life but discover that some things are best left as is. "Rappacini's Daughter" is the weakest of the three - Vincent Price stars as Dr Rappacini, whose possessiveness of his daughter goes to literally toxic lengths with predictably tragic consequences. The plot here was rather plodding and lacked credibility as the story felt rushed through.

Finally,in "The House of the Seven Gables", Gerald Pycheon (Price) returns to his cursed ancestral home much to the chagrin of his estranged sister and the horror of his wife, who feels a pull to the place. This story would have played out a lot better if it were not confined to the ridiculous length of abt 35 minutes [imagine an entire novel being shortened into a short story] and everything plays out so quickly and abruptly that the story ends up being more of a farce than true horror.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vincent Price Flicks August 9, 2006
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As a huge fan of Vincent Price films, I've found this a valuable addition to my collection. I never saw either of these films in the theatre or on T.V. and while not at the top of the line like Dr. Phibes or The Fly, there's still some good creepy and entertaining moments.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! October 23, 2008
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As another reviewer mentioned, one of the Tales of Terror is actually a combination of "The Black Cat" and "The Cask of Amontillado". I read both stories in my English classes, and then show the video and have the students write a compare/contrast paper. It's a lot of fun right around Halloween, and helps us get into the mood for the holiday. We all especially love the end, when Peter Lorre's head is being tossed back and forth between his wife and Fortunato. Great stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Vincent... January 24, 2011
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A double feature of horror anthologies! TALES OF TERROR stars Vincent Price in three Edgar Allan Poe tales (MORELLA. THE BLACK CAT, and THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR) filled w/ madness, murder, and ghoulish revenge! Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone join in on the fun. My favorite is THE BLACK CAT, due to its mixture of the macabre and the hilarious. TWICE TOLD TALES is a bit dry, but still has its moments. These three Nathaniel hawthorne spookers feature Price in rare form as Sebastian Cabbot's lifelong "friend", an insanely "dedicated" father, and an eeevil, greedy relative respectively. Beverly Garland and Richard Denning round out the cast. This is a must for any / all fans of horror and Vincent Price...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Black Cat" segment is also "Cask of Amontillado" August 27, 2008
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Vincent Price & Peter Lorre have great fun in "The Black Cat" segment which also intertwines the plot of "The Cask of Amontillado"- Price's Fortunato insults Lorre's Monstressor by sleeping with his wife, who gets walled up with Price and... well, there's where even more fun begins!
"Morella" and "M. Valdemar" are also good scary fun, but it's "The Black Cat" that makes the show. Alas, I have not yet seen "Twice Told Tales".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cliches? August 7, 2010
By Cynthia
Format:DVD
These reenacted Edgar Allan Poe stories are surprisingly scary especially `The Case of M. Valdemar'. It's about a dying man who is in a lot of pain. Valdemar makes a bargain with a hypnotist that if he'll help relieve the pain he'll allow him to keep him alive past death in order to tell him what he sees on the other side. The acting is a tad overwrought, after all Vincent Price stars or co-stars in all three sketches, but they bring out the horror of the situations. Peter Lorre is at the center of `The Black Cat' and provides a little bit of humor. In my opinion `Morella' was the weakest of the three tales but still entertaining. The only problem was that Price and Lorre are so unique they have almost become clichés.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome price collection June 23, 2009
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Having been a fan of Vincent Price ever since I was a child, I always find these classic movies of his entertaining, and this collection is in my 'faves' list, especially since half of this collection is based on Poe's works. If you love Price, (and Poe!) you won't be disappointed with this. Stories like these I find more chilling than what is deemed 'horror' today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Poe and Vincent Price
A must see
Espesially the second part ! It was so funny. I will be purchasing this movie very soon
Published 7 months ago by maggie nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Acting Not Special Effects
Classic Price and Lorre. True terror and suspense without all the blood. These guys had to do it with acting, not special effects.
Published 8 months ago by Maeve
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually Stunning Twice Told Terrors
TWICE TOLD TALES is a screen adaptation of "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment", "Rappaccini's Daughter", and The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Read more
Published 13 months ago by gobirds2
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect condition & quality!
This completes my Vincent Price Movie collections. Midnite Movies has done an amazing job of recollecting and mastering the Vincent Price Movies.
Published 15 months ago by K. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Vincent Price
I love these old horror movies. Wish they still made them without the gore. Brings me back to my childhood.
Published 18 months ago by glasslyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but Goodie
Great movies. Tales of Terror was featured on "Chiller Thriller" in the 1970's when I was a kid, scared me enough to be up all night at the time. Read more
Published on February 14, 2011 by lovemycat
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic-Horror
This movie is one of those films; that will last throught-time. It doesn't get any better than the performances from peter & Vincent. I love their acting-skills.
Published on December 18, 2010 by nostalgic-man
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Vincent Price.
This DVD has some of the best thrillers. One side is based on Nathaniel Hawthorne short stories. The other side classic tales of terror. Read more
Published on September 11, 2009 by S. Kilborn
5.0 out of 5 stars Vincent Price bringing Poe to life
Received both Vincent Price DVD's on time and in excellent packaging. We read "The Pit and the Pendulum" in class, and it is quite different from the Vincent Price story on this... Read more
Published on May 30, 2009 by D. Stakenas
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