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5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked classic Price classic
This is a super buy since you get two films from the Horror team of Vincent Price and Roger Corman.
King of the Quickies, Roger Corman and Price made a good stab working their way through the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe, making one film right after another based on horror tales. Near the end, they tossed in one loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft's short story...
Published on 29 Nov 2003 by Deborah MacGillivray

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3.0 out of 5 stars One Good,one awful
Haunted palace not bad if a little run of the mill for the series and extras not bad,either but Vincent Price does Richard the third,The Tower of London with the men-at-arms in 12th century armour and wigs,20th century diction and yankee accent and the overall hamminess make this one of the worst films of any genre I've ever seen,let alone of the historical kind...it's...
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked classic Price classic, 29 Nov 2003
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Deborah MacGillivray "Author," (US & UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Haunted Palace [1966] / Tower of London [1962] [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This is a super buy since you get two films from the Horror team of Vincent Price and Roger Corman.
King of the Quickies, Roger Corman and Price made a good stab working their way through the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe, making one film right after another based on horror tales. Near the end, they tossed in one loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft's short story "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward".
Price plays the lead in duo as Charles Dexter Ward his is distant relative, Joseph Curwen, a warlock.
The movie opens, in a small misty shrouded town with a girl going to the castle of Curwen. She is followed there by the villagers, but Curwen claims she came to visit of her own free will. However, the girl can only answer in barest of replies, so they know she is under Curwen's bewitchment. The village drag Curwen out into the night and kill him.
It moves to over 100 years later, when Charles Dexter Ward and his beautiful bridge come to claim the estate as his inheritance. They find the village strange, almost to the point of being hostile, and are oddly chilled when they see so many of the children are deformed. They learn from a kindly doctor there, the villager are cursed because of Curwen - who just happened to be the spitting image of Ward. Not there long at the Castle, when Ward suddenly begins to act funny. Could it be?
A wonderful performance by one of the most beautiful women to ever grace the screen, Debra Pagent, with the great character actors, Leo Gordon, Elisha Cook and Lon Chaney, Jr., this is very low toned horror film that really needs a second - and third - look.
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The second film in the nice double feature is The Tower of London, another flick that teamed Price with director Roger Corman. The story for this film came from the pen of Leo Gordan (actor in the other film The Haunted Palace) and has his younger brother Bruce Gordon (The Television's Untouchables) as the Earl of Buckingham. Price plays Richard of Gloucester, later to be Richard III haunted by the people he murdered to get to the throne of England (including the Little Princes). Odd note, this is the second time Vincent Price made The Tower of London. In 1939 he appeared in a film with the same title, also based on Richard III, with Basil Rathbone playing Richard and Price playing Duke of Clarence.
Great fun for Price fans at a great price!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice extras, 25 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Haunted Palace [1966] / Tower of London [1962] [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
just to let you know this great double feature has two very nice featurettes one for each film."The Haunted palace" has an interview with director/producer Roger Corman(11:17) and "The tower of London"has an interview with producer,and brother of Roger,Gene Corman(14:03),both are interesting and informative with both men talking about their work on each of their movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of the Price/Corman series, 21 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Haunted Palace [1966] / Tower of London [1962] [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Overall, I find the "B-side" of this DVD ("Tower of London") better than its star product, "The Haunted Palace".
"Palace" suffers from a major pacing problem which could plague a lot of HAMMER movies of the same period. Therefore even if the film is not bad, it cannot compete with "Pit and Pendulum" or "Premature Burial" or even the jovial "The Raven" and "Tales of Terror" of the same authors. I guess the combination of burn-curse-revenge had been seen a lot already by 1963, and therefore the "surprise effect" was not playing as greatly as in prior instances. Also, Lovecraft's tale is profoundly betrayed in the screenplay which does not really add to the pleasure one has watching the film. Debra Paget is an indifferent scream queen and Frank Maxwell playing Doctor Willet never looks sober....But (and it is a big but) Vincent Price and Lon Chaney Jr are both extraordinary. I give this 3 stars only, of which one for Price and Chaney.

"Tower of London" is a lot of fun, it betrays History with gusto, but contrary to the Lovecraft betrayal above, "Tower" is a great success. Again, we can thank the remarkable Vincent Price and what is a fun screenplay, loosely based on the rise to power of King of England Richard III. The progressive descent into madness of Lord Gloucester is extremely well-made, and overall this is a very original little B-picture. 4 stars.

The extras - as one reviewer mentioned - are worth by themselves the acquisition of the DVD (5 stars). They are short but they tell a good tale - in particular the difficulties Gene and Roger Corman had with the producers when making "Tower of London". Another proof that in movies as in many things in life, one needs to "keep calm and carry on".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rather fine, and I think a little forgotten, Roger Corman movie with Vincent Price., 3 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Haunted Palace [1966] / Tower of London [1962] [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Rather fine, and I think a little forgotten, Roger Corman movie with Vincent Price. The film looks really crisp and lush, and Corman knew how to stretch the dollars to keep the film looking classy, but kept it cheap by running the smoke machines for every single exterior shot. Price isn't too hammy here, and gives a fine performance. What is funny is that Corman is trying to sell this as being an Edgar Allen Poe-based movie when it's clearly an H.P.Lovecraft story. There's mentions of the elder gods, Yog-Sothoth, and some very fine imagery going on here, with a story of a wizard burned for mating young girls with beasts from the other dimensions, cursing the whole village to horrible mutations, and then resurrected into his own ancestor. Enjoyable shennanegins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunted Palace/ The Tower of London., 12 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Haunted Palace [1966] / Tower of London [1962] [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Liking Vincent Price very much he is my favourite horror movie actor. The Haunted Palace, however is a short film of about thirty minutes based on the story of Edgar Alan Poe. The Tower of London is very good seeing the cruel Vincent Price as he plays his part as good as usual. The original Tower of London with Basil Rathbone, Boris Karrloff and a young Vincent Price is a good film to watch also. Seeing this the 1966 as well as the 1939 version, it's a must have to add to one's collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One Good,one awful, 28 July 2013
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Ken Raus "David O'Brien" (Lugdunum) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Haunted Palace [1966] / Tower of London [1962] [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Haunted palace not bad if a little run of the mill for the series and extras not bad,either but Vincent Price does Richard the third,The Tower of London with the men-at-arms in 12th century armour and wigs,20th century diction and yankee accent and the overall hamminess make this one of the worst films of any genre I've ever seen,let alone of the historical kind...it's more of a comedy but if you like the extras on this series get it, if not avoid and just get the Haunted Palace by itself as the Tower of London looks like an early cheap monochrome Disney done for a $100.00 while drunk;time has been unkind to it as it often is to miscast things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good dvd alternative tower of london(boris karloff), 24 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Haunted Palace [1966] / Tower of London [1962] [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
vincent price at his best sadly not with us.
haunted palace also starred lon chaney junior,son of lon chaney senior
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem!, 24 Jun 2011
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This review is from: Haunted Palace [1966] / Tower of London [1962] [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The Haunted Palace is if course nothing to do with Poe but takes its inspiration from HP Lovecraft's weird and wonderful writings. Beautifully shot in scope and blessed with an atmospheric set and some truly macabre details, the film is a genre classic which will delight fans even if it is not to the taste of modern audiences. The Tower of London is a nice bonus but not quite in the same league although it's hammy pyrotechnics are quite fun. Still at these prices this DVD is a terrific bargain!
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5.0 out of 5 stars scary film very scary, 15 Mar 2011
This review is from: Haunted Palace [1966] / Tower of London [1962] [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This is an old classic from 1966 It really does make you curl under the duvet. Vincent Price as always a great actor with his scared like happenings. He has a very good way of making you jump when you least expect it.

This is a film worth a look as well if you like the old films they i find are more scary than todays even with their technology. The old ones are without a doubt the best.

I have quite a collection now and no matter how often you watch these films you always notice something else that you did not see the first time.

Make the old films as a purchase you will not be dissappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Two great lesser known films, 2 Jan 2011
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This review is from: Haunted Palace [1966] / Tower of London [1962] [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The classic Vincent Price/Roger Corman horror films are some of my absolute favourites. The Fall of the House of Usher has long been my personal fave, but there is now another to take its place - The Haunted Palace. It has everything I want from this type of film, loads of mist and fog, great sets and matte shots, the vivid colour, memorable musical score and a story which maintains its supernatural thread right through. If I were forced to make a criticism it would be about the makeup on some of the characters, it looks like silly putty in some scenes, but is only a minor point. I know nothing of the Poe/Lovecraft sources of this amalgam of a film so took it on its own merits, and I loved it.
The Tower of London is also a great film. It is in black and white, which I think reduced its popularity at the time, a point I felt Gene Corman was hinting at in the extra interview. It might be nice to see it colourised, but I thought whilst watching it that it might not look 'right' in colour.
I great pair of films of the genre in my opinion.
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