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Tales Of Terror NR CC

4.3 out of 5 stars (85) IMDb 6.9/10

From the haunting tales of Edgar Allan Poe, comes a chilling trilogy of terror. In MORELLA, Locke (Vincent Price) blames the death of his wife on their only child and sends her away. When she returns 26 years later, her mother's spirit inhabits her body and haunts the tortured man. In THE BLACK CAT, Fortunato (Price) takes a drunken montresor (Peter Lorre) home and falls in love with the montresor's wife... so the jealous montresor takes revenge and buries them both alive. IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR, Valdemar (Price) seeks relief from M. Carmichael (Basil Rathbone), an evil mesmerist. Carmichael has designs on Valdemar's wife and holds him in a tortured state between life and death...until death itself intervenes.

Starring:
Vincent Price, Maggie Pierce
Runtime:
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Mystery, Comedy, Horror
Director Roger Corman
Starring Vincent Price, Maggie Pierce
Supporting actors Leona Gage, Peter Lorre, Joyce Jameson, Basil Rathbone, Debra Paget, David Frankham, Lennie Weinrib, Wally Campo, Alan DeWitt, John Hackett, Edmund Cobb, Scott Brown, Paul Bradley, Kenner G. Kemp, Jack Kenny, Cosmo Sardo, Jack Tornek
Studio MGM
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Michael R Gates VINE VOICE on October 29, 2002
Format: DVD
Directed by the venerable king of quality low-budget filmmaking, Roger Corman, and scripted by the prolific and popular SF and horror writer Richard Matheson, TALES OF TERROR is comprised of three vignettes based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe. The incomparable Vincent Price stars in all three, with Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone each co-starring (separately, alas) in one of the others. Any knowledgeable horror fans should be nearly euphoric after reading the credentials behind this flick--and they won't be disappointed!
The first story is based on Poe's "Morella," but Corman and Matheson take great liberties to make the tale darker and scarier than the original. Unfortunately, the altered plot and its resolution (?) are a bit hard to follow, and it is therefore the weaker of the three plays.
The second--and best!--vignette, "The Black Cat" is actually a composite of Poe's story of the same name and his "The Cask of Amontillado." Peter Lorre hilariously hams it up as the cuckolded Montresor Herringbone, and Vincent Price is also a riot as Herringbone's nemesis, Fortunato. In spite of the humor, however, there are still plenty of chills when Lorre builds a wall around his "problems."
The final vignette, based on Poe's "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," features the wonderful Basil Rathbone as the hypnotist who uses his powers to put the titular character, Valdemar (portrayed by Price), in a sort of limbo between life and death. Again, Corman and Matheson have taken liberties with the original story (e.g., making the hypnotist malevolent and self-serving), but this time it's to great effect, as Rathbone makes a delightfully devilish villain. The make-up job on Price in the final scene is pretty creepy, too, in spite of the film's low-budget effects.
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By Bob on September 18, 2000
Format: DVD
Roger Corman directs this trilogy of terror starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone. Corman blends weird color schemes with a wide variety of visual effects and startling closeups to make the most of a limited budget. The script was written by Richard Matheson based on Poe's tales. With this cast, there is no reason to mention the acting other than to point out that Price is featured prominently in all three shorts and given a chance to explore his acting talent. He measures up to the task 100%, especially in the humorous drinking scenes. Lorre and Rathbone are consumate professionals who at this point in their careers were comfortable with this type of role.
The DVD itself features a crisp transfer that maintains all the bright colors and visual effects, however the only extra is the trailer. There are no audio commentaries from Corman or anyone else involved, but this is probably because the DVD is priced for sell thru.
The image of Debra Paget laying dead for twenty-five years in her bed is now immortal thanks to Famous Monsters Magazine.
Highly recommended.
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Being a fan of Vincent Price and Peter Lorre for that matter, this was just priceless (no pun intended). Aside from Peter Lorre not aging well at all, this just makes his "tale" all the more realistic.
The first tale is called Morella where Vincent Price blames his visiting daughter for the death of his wife. Yet there is a twist to the story regarding the daughter. Really well done.
The second tale is The Black Cat with Peter Lorre as the main character here in one of the best parts I've seen him play.
He puts pathetic, mean and humorous into one role and is hysterical doing the classic wine testing scene with Vincent Price. I was truly laughing out loud. The facial expressions that Price has in this one when acting with Lorre are worth this DVD alone.
The third and last tale is the scariest in my view. It is called the Case of M. Valdemar where Basil Rathbone plays a man who tries to gain control over a dying Vincent Price. This is a pretty scary one, and Rathbone completes his role nicely.
The ladies in these tales (Maggie Pierce, Joyce Jameson and Debra Paget) are all absolutely stunning. You just can't compare the beauty of that day with today.
Get this DVD, especially if you like Price and Lorre....not to mention Poe. I promise you it is something you will watch over and over again.
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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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This may be just about the best DVD in my collection. It's certainly one of my favorites. I saw this movie when I was about nine years old in the local Rialto Theater; a special Halloween weekend showing. They did things up special that night, with spiders and skeletons hanging from the ceiling, and theater attendents running around in rubber masks.
The theater was old, and elegant, and dignified, and they tore her down for a parking lot. But my fond memories of seeing this fun movie in that theater are still strong with me. And this DVD transfer is superior in quality.
Tales is presented in its original wide-wide screen ratio. The colors, images and sounds of this digital transfer are incredibly crip and vivid. This movie is indeed a treasure to Vincent Price/Roger Corman fans. The cast is without a doubt the finest, with Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone, and the ever sexy and competent Joyce Jameson (she would the following year (1963) play the same demure, wounded wife with Price, Lorre, and Rathbone in A Comedy of Terrors, available in VHS).
The only extra is the original Theatrical Trailer, but don't let that stop you. Extras are fine, but it's really the movie, presented in the best possible manner, that a collector should be after. A movie can be watched time and time again, but extras get boring after two or three viewings.
This movie is like a living, breathing Halloween party you can watch all year round, with not-too-spooky chills, and tongue in cheek horror. There are plenty of laughs, and a good dose of horror.
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