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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Tales of Terror (1962)

Corman’s fourth Poe film is an anthology of three stories about aspects of death, each one introduced by and starring Vincent Price.
The first is based on 'Morella'. Vince is on excellent form and the castle is beautifully shot, but the story feels rushed and is unclear.
The second is a merger of 'The Black Cat' and 'The Cask of Amontillado'. It’s an attempt at introducing comedy into the works. Peter Lorre's performance is excellent, but the sit-com moments really weren't complementary.
Finally, 'The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar' is the real treasure and the only one that's in any way chilling, in part due to Basil Rathbone's intensity.

3 untimely agonies out of 5

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