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Tales of Terror
     

Tales of Terror

Director: Roger Corman,

Cast: Roger Corman, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone

 

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Roger Corman's Tales of Terror stars Vincent Price in a trio of short stories, liberally adapted by Richard Matheson from the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The film gets off to a rousing start with "Morella," in which Price's bitterness over the long-ago death of his wife results in tragedy for his estranged daughter Maggie Pierce. The last of the three

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Roger Corman's Tales of Terror stars Vincent Price in a trio of short stories, liberally adapted by Richard Matheson from the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The film gets off to a rousing start with "Morella," in which Price's bitterness over the long-ago death of his wife results in tragedy for his estranged daughter Maggie Pierce. The last of the three terror-filled tales, "The Case of Mr. Valdemar," finds Price being put into a state of suspended animation by the diabolical Basil Rathbone; when Rathbone claims Price's bride Debra Paget for himself, Price briefly revives, only to melt before our eyes (this horrific image was reproduced on the film's advertising posters). The film's best story is its centerpiece, "The Black Cat," which weaves elements of "The Cask of Amontillado" into a mordantly funny revenge tale concerning Price, his bitter enemy Peter Lorre, and Lorre's two-timing wife Joyce Jameson. This is the one in which a besotted Lorre walls up Price and Jameson in his cellar, then endures a hellish hallucination of Vincent and Joyce playing a football game with his head! A mixed bag, to be sure, but Tales of Terror remains one of the best of Corman's Poe cycle (though it does lose a lot when not shown in its original Cinemascope form).

Product Details

Release Date:
04/14/2015
UPC:
0738329159528
Original Release:
1962
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
21,140

Special Features

On-camera interview with producer & director Roger Corman; Audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas; Audio commentary by Vincent Price historian David Del Valle & actor David Frankham; "Trailers From Hell" with Roger Corman; Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vincent Price Locke,Fortunato,Valdemar
Peter Lorre Montresor
Basil Rathbone Carmichael
Debra Paget Helene
Maggie Pierce Lenora
Leona Gage Morella
Joyce Jameson Annabel
David Frankham Dr. James
Scotty Brown Servant
Wally Campo Bartender
Alan Dewit Chairman
John Hackett Policemen [The Black Cat]
Edmund Cobb Driver
Lennie Weinrib Policeman

Technical Credits
Roger Corman Director,Producer
Samuel Z. Arkoff Producer
Baxter Score Composer
Anthony Carras Editor
Floyd D.Crosby Cinematographer
Pat Dinga Special Effects
Daniel Haller Art Director
Louis La Cava Makeup
Richard Matheson Screenwriter
Harry Reif Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tales of Terror
1. Chapter 1 [:11]
2. Chapter 2 [8:02]
3. Chapter 3 [4:32]
4. Chapter 4 [10:29]
5. Chapter 5 [13:47]
6. Chapter 6 [8:41]
7. Chapter 7 [15:17]
8. Chapter 8 [17:42]
9. Chapter 9 [10:03]

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