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The Haunted Palace [VHS] (1963)

Vincent Price , Debra Paget , Roger Corman  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vincent Price, Debra Paget, Lon Chaney Jr., Frank Maxwell, Leo Gordon
  • Directors: Roger Corman
  • Writers: Charles Beaumont, Edgar Allan Poe, Francis Ford Coppola, H.P. Lovecraft
  • Producers: Roger Corman, James H. Nicholson, Ronald Sinclair
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • VHS Release Date: March 7, 2000
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792843924
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,098 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Charles Dexter Ward arrives at a small village to visit the house he inherited from his ancestor who died there 100 years ago.

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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
You can tell from the opening titles that The Haunted Palace will be unusually lavish for a Corman movie, even a "Poe adaption" (this nominally combines Poe with a Lovecraft-based plot.) The music is good, some of the best of any horror film of the 60's. And the credits play over actual footage, not just swirling paint. The sets and design are good, far better than the norm for AIP. The script is a solid one, from Charles Beaumont, who was likely hamstrung by circumstance in a few places, but nonetheless spins an effective and detailed if somewhat familiar tale. And the cast delivers: Price is his usual fantastic, craven, hammy self. The Juniors (Lon Chaney and Elisha Cook) are mostly wasted, but then again with a few notable exceptions (Spider-Baby, House on Haunted Hill) they always were after the 40's; it's just good to see them working. And Debra Paget is simply stunning, with any acting ability being a definite but superfluous bonus to the proceedings.
The plot has to do with a warlock (Price) being burned but cursing the townfolk and swearing his return and revenge. Years later, the warlock's good-hearted descendant (also Price) returns to the village to claim the warlock's mansion. He finds a town in waste, frightened villagers who give birth to hideous mutations, and of course, some lingering resentment. How long will it be before Price is possessed by his ancestor through the evil painting over the mantel? As you know, not too long. Price then continues his ancestor's evil work of sacrifice and trying to conjure up an ancient monster from the pit in his basement. You've likely seen it before, though maybe not in a movie from the 60's, and it's punched over with relish and skill here, not to mention some genuine gruesomeness, and will be very enjoyable to genre fans.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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The Midnite Movies DVDs are great. They provide us with some great classics in horror at a fair price (as long as they stay in print) and a lot of the times you get two great movies on one disc as seen here. The quality is usually great as well. However from my experience Midnite Movies are famous for mistakes and misprints on the back of their DVDs. I don't mind, it's kind of like when your a kid buying baseball cards and your looking for the error card.

Haunted Palace:
On the back of the Haunted Palace they mention it being based on a Edgar Allan Poe poem. However as Roger Corman points out on the "A change of Poe" Interview on the disc AIP gave him a bit of freedom and let him give his take on Lovecraft and points out the film being based off of H.P Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Corman mentions how he wasn't going to do a series of Lovecraft films but go back to doing Poe afterwards. As a fan of Corman I would've liked to see a series of Lovecraft as well.

The Haunted Palace is based on an 18th century warlock, Joseph Curwen (Price) who is burned at the stake by the towns people but not before he places a curse on the village. More then a century goes by and Charles Dexter ward, Curwen's grandson shows up to the village with his bride to claim the property. Charles Dexter Ward is also played by Price in this duel role Corman considered his best. Price does do an amazing job as always. Joseph begins to posses his grandson Ward to finish his work and we get to see Price change character on the spot. The film also cast Lon Chaney Jr (The Wolf Man.

The DVD also says it provides a mono audio track but it was in 2 channel digital.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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"The Haunted Palace", has always been my favourite of the A.I.P productions that marked a highly successful collaboration between Director/Producer Roger Corman and veteran Hollywood star Vincent Price. Often using the unique stories by Edgar Allan Poe as their basis here the story is actually an adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft's "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward". which involves scorcery, curses, and evil doings over many generations in a dammed town in New England. Corman, famed for producing his efforts with minimal expense and an abundance of reusable footage here has seemingly extended his range with a solid, atmospheric and highly polished version of the horror tale that is as always greatly aided by Vincent Prices' mastery of the suspense /horror genre. Here he plays a dual role of 18th Century warlock Joseph Curwen, burnt by angry villagers but not before laying a curse on them, and his great great grandson Charles Dexter Ward who claiming his inheritance unknowingly stumbles into the curse and suffers the consequences of it.

The story begins in the 18th century township of Arkham, where the town is bedevilled by strange occurences where the women of the town are being lured away at night to the mysterious castle owned by Joseph Curwen. Once there they are made part of Curwen's attempts to make contact with the greater gods that once ruled the earth and offer unlimited power to those who feed their needs. The outraged menfolk soon take matters into their own hands and Edgar Weeden (Leo Gordon), has a particular axe to grind with Curwen in that he has stolen his ladylove Hester and is using her as his assistant in his deadly rituals. The men storm the castle and drag Curwen outside and burn him as a warlock.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A Great film. A classic that I would recommend again and again for movie buffs of all generations. Excellent acting with interesting themes.
Published 2 days ago by NiCole Bryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic VIncint Price
Love Haunted Palace, but not really Tower of London. TOL was more of old Shakespeare, and its best to look at that movie in classic cinema, and not horror. But still worth it
Published 1 month ago by Brad Shaw
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so haunting Palace left me witching I hadn't paid the Price
As a big fan of Pit and the Pendulum, House of Usher,, Masque of the Red Death and other Corman films, I had high hopes for this film...one I had never seen before. Read more
Published 3 months ago by William Sureck
5.0 out of 5 stars a great set
a great set of movies that are for the people that like the actors and that kind of movies etc.
Published 3 months ago by Marguerite Poll
5.0 out of 5 stars Vincent Price
My Father was thrilled so well worth the money!! All he had to say was I don't have this one, and I had to buy it for him
Published 4 months ago by Lesley Koke DeWig
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Vincent Price.
I love Vincent Price, and I really enjoyed the DVD. He can do no wrong, and I will look at all of his movies.
Published 4 months ago by Madena
5.0 out of 5 stars '60s Lovecraftian Horror film with Vincient Price
This movie is pretty awesome. Its definitely sorta cheesy, but the acting is good and its classic Vincient Price. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bobby-p
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunted Palace a classic horror!
During the 60's Price made a series of horror films for AIP and Roger Corman. This film seems to have been forgotten by film fans and is rarely even shown on tv. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pulpman
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunted Palace & Tower of London
Both were absolutely great! It was a good Friday nights movie night. I love Vincent Price Movies and I didn't know these two movies. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Twyla Sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Haunted Palace/The Tower of London
Both films The Haunted Palace and The Tower of London were directed by Roger Corman. The Haunted Palace was released in 1963. The actors include Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Jr. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Louise
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