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Tales Of Terror NR CC

4.7 out of 5 stars (30) 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, 29 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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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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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By M. Stern on 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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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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MGM put together some spooky sparks with a two in one DVD, Tales of Terror and Twice Told Tales. The DVD itself though is fairly barebones, no special features nothing, nada!

Tales of Terror, based on Edgar Allen Poe stories is particularly funny, giving Vincent Price a comedy to play with, Peter Lorre being especially creepy and deadly with the bricks, and deadpan acting by Basil Rathbone (my favorite actor in the Sherlock Holmes tales).

Twice Told Tales, directed by Sidney Salkow, has the scream queen in her heyday, Beverly Garland, along with Sebasian Cabot in a tale of love, sort of -- the raising of your dead wife may cause some nagging problems for your best friend, you know....

Both films using the gimmick of telling three anthologies so you essentially get six movies on one DVD. Priceless stuff.

Maybe not Vincent Price's finest, as in The Fly or House on Haunted Hill, but his wide range as an actor make these films especially creepy and entertaining.

Other Corman films:

Roger Corman Collection (Bloody Mama / A Bucket of Blood / The Trip / Premature Burial / The Young Racers / The Wild Angels / Gas-s-s / X)

Another Sidney Salkow film (he also did Westerns in the fifties):

The Last Man on Earth - In COLOR! Also Includes the Original Black-and-White Version which has been Beautifully Restored and Enhanced!
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By Cynthia on August 7, 2010
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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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