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4.0 out of 5 stars Price, Lorre and Rathbone in a Poe Anthology Film
Mention Roger Corman's 1962 "Tales of Terror" and you immediately think of Vincent Price teaming up with Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone. But for me this film owes as much to writer Richard Matheson, who adapted four Poe stories into three film vignettes. "Morella" is another one of those dark family secret stories. The title character (Leona Gage) had died in childbirth...
Published on 13 April 2005

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3.0 out of 5 stars a mixed bag
Three Poe inspired tales starring Vincent Price ( who plays in each of them), and two old horror veterans, Basil Rathbone and Peter Lorre. The first tale, 'Morella,' is the weakest in my opinion. Morella is a woman who died giving birth cursing her daughter and is now kept as a mummy by her demented husband (Price) who receives a surprise visit from their daughter with...
Published on 27 Sept. 2010 by Lazydrake


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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Price, Lorre and Rathbone in a Poe Anthology Film, 13 April 2005
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This review is from: Tales Of Terror [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Mention Roger Corman's 1962 "Tales of Terror" and you immediately think of Vincent Price teaming up with Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone. But for me this film owes as much to writer Richard Matheson, who adapted four Poe stories into three film vignettes. "Morella" is another one of those dark family secret stories. The title character (Leona Gage) had died in childbirth 26 years before, cursing her baby daughter. When Leonora (Maggie Pierce) comes home suffering from a fatal disease, she discovers her father Locke (Price) has been keeping mom's mummified corpse in his bedroom. "The Black Cat" also works in elements of Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado." Montressor Herringbone (Lorre) finds out his wfie Annabel (Joyce Jameson) is having an affair with Fortunato Lucresi (Price), a rather foppish wine connoisseur. Unexpectedly funny because of the comic performances of the two stars, the story is this sequence inspired Corman to make "The Raven." Finally, "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," an elderly man (Vindent) whose dying days have been eased in part because of a hypnotist, Carmichael (Rathbone), whos wants to hypnotize Valdemar at the moment of death. The experiemnt succeeds, after a fashion, but Carmichael refuses to release Valdemar until his wife Helene (Debra Paget) agrees to marry him.

"Tales of Terror" is noteworthy for two particular impacts it had on horror films. The first was the emergence of anthology films that followed in its wake, such as "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" and "Black Sabbath." The second was the revival of interest in former movie stars at American International, which would soon add Boris Karloff to their roster. The stand out segment of this film is certainly "The Black Cat," with Lorre and Price showing marvelous comic timing. Lorre takes such perverse glee in walling up his wife and Price, plus there is nothing like the macabre politeness of movie villains . There is something transcendent about watching these old Hollywood pros have fun with taking these roles so seriously, so to speak.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vincent price,king of terror, 15 Oct. 2009
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D. barnett (NORFOLK,ENGLAND) - See all my reviews
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with actors like these,we will never see the like again,irreplaceble.storeys a little hammy,cheesy.but who cares,as said of its time a classic with a plethora of actors sorely missing today,i liked it really..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales Of Terror (2003 Fox DVD) - Terrifyingly entertaining!, 2 May 2012
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a great little portmanteau film collecting three classic Edgar Allen Poe stories (with some reworking...), directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price in all three segments with help from Peter Lorre in The Black Cat and Basil Rathbone in The case of Mr. Valdemar.

It's an absolute delight of a film. By using three short stories (Morella, The Black Cat and The Case of Mr. Valdemar), the director gets to set three completely different tones. Morella is a somewhat creepy paranoid suspense piece, Black Cat is played for laughs and Mr. Valdemar is a nice little depiction of the evil in men's hearts combined with a dash of gothic horror.

OK, it's Roger Corman so it was filmed on the (exceedingly) cheap. But the imagination used to wring every drop of blood from the very last cent is impressive, and an entertaining 90 minutes is the result. Apart from Corman's flair there is the talent of the actors. Price is particularly impressive, playing three totally different characters believably. Of particular note is his comic turn in the Black Cat segment - he conveys so much with just an arch look and a raised eyebrow! Lorre and Rathbone acquit themselves well, the latter coming across as a truly evil and nasty piece of work without having to ham it up too much.

It's a classic Corman horror film -not horror by today's standards, but engrossing, witty and well made. I love it, and seeing it 20 years ago started what has, for me, been a life long love of Corman and Price's collaborations.

The DVD is OK, with an all right widescreen format. The picture and sound are fine, though it is clear neither have been restored. There are a few jumps and scratches, but you have to be looking for them. The only extra is the trailer.

It's a decent release of a really good film, so 4 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid franchise reboot, 8 Dec. 2012
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After three movies that went from strength to strength ("House of Usher", "Pit and Pendulum", "Premature Burial"), Roger Corman must have felt that the Poe franchise needed to be somewhat rejuvenated, so our productive director took two decisions with his next movie ("Tales of Terror"). First, make an anthology where Vincent Price would be the centerpiece - but where two movie legends would star in their own segment: Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone.
The second change was to introduce humour in movies that, traditionally, were extremely morbid and quite scary. The second segment, "The Black cat", is in this regard a true masterpiece. I had never seen Vincent Price had a go at humour and I must say I was not disappointed. His wine tasting contest with Lorre is absolutely phenomenal and is worth in itself the entrance fee. This story (also the central segment) is also the best one and the most developped.
The first story, "Morella", is more traditional and Price shows a more classical aspect of his acting. The only big disappointment is the third story, probably because it is utterly predictable from the first scene onwards, but also because Rathbone is a bit dozzed off throughout. The final "revival" of Price is nonetheless very successful and the final image of the segment (and of the film) quite terrifying.
Overall, "Tales" does not quite renew the quality of the previous two films, but it remains an excellent entry in the Poe-Corman series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Corman, Poe & Price., 12 Feb. 2015
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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The fourth venture into Poe adaptations for Roger Corman and Vincent Price sees them taking on the portmanteau format with a trilogy of creepers.

First off is Morella, which finds Price as a typecast loner living in a big old mansion with the dead corpse of his wife! Enter his daughter, who at birth was the reason for Morella’s death and thus Price originally holds a grudge, but of course there is a twist in the tale.

Secondly is The Black Cat, with Peter Lorre joining Price in the best of the three tales. Price is a wine tasting dandy, Lorre a complete drunk and once Price meets Lorre’s beautiful put upon wife, things are going to end badly.

Finally is The Case of M Valdemar which pits Basil Rathbone into the mix as a devious hypnotist who uses his powers for what he thinks will be sexually tinged deeds. Price is in this as well, but spends most of the story as a corpse.

It’s a short sharp shock piece of film making, fun and sometimes stylish, it doesn’t however have the requisite scares to marry up with the welcome black humour that makes the second instalment the standout.

Still, having three legends of cinema in one picture has to be a bonus, and The Black Cat alone is worth investing time with this one. 7/10
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I just love Vincent Price, 26 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Tales Of Terror [DVD] (DVD)
I keep forgetting the title to this film,and so have never been able to buy it,but have at last found it.If you like Price you will love this,its one of his classic films.It has me laughing every time I watch it.Good old fashioned horror as I love it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned horror, 9 Oct. 2012
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This is a great film but not quite up there with the best of Amicus. That said it is still extremely entertaining, although I think the Peter Lorre story could have been shorter and sharper. Still great fun though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Three Poe inspired tales of terror., 26 Jun. 2013
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Though anthology films had come before think Dead of Night from 1945 and go even further back to 1919's Eerie Tales, Roger Corman's Tales of Terror certainly got the ball rolling again in this department. Black Sabbath followed and then so did Amicus and the rest as they say is history.

There are 3 stories here, all sharp and sweet. Vincent Price and Peter Lorre steal the middle segment with The Black Cat as this film is a homage to the works of Edgar Allen Poe. All 3 stories are good and the acting is just sublime. Remade in part and not done that partically well in 1990 with TWO EVIL EYES, even though that had a combined effort of George A Romero and Dario Argento.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant gothic horror with the Roger Corman touch, 18 Aug. 2011
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M. J. Jacobs "michael jacobs" (Edgware, London, UK) - See all my reviews
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In this collection of short Poe stories, we see what happens if a man tries to live beyond death. It is scarier than you'd expect. And there is the one about a man who has let himself go a bit, and is visited by his daughter.

Peter Lorre, Vincent Price, and Basil Rathbone bring this collection of stories to life (or should that be to death?) in classic Roger style. This is part of the family which includes Raven The [DVD], Fall Of The House Of Usher [DVD] and many more.

All in all, the cast are obviously deeply into this production, and as with the entire set of Corman's gothic horror adaptations, it is a joy to watch.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars trio of terror, 17 July 2010
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In 1962 Vincent Price teamed up with Roger Corman for the 4th time to star in these 3 stories from the Edgar Allan Poe collection.

MORELLA - Lenora (Maggie Pierce) returns home after 26 years of forced exile to find that her father Locke (Price) still blames her for the death of her mother, Morella (Leona Gage).

BLACK CAT - Montresor (Peter Lorre) is a brutal drunk who is married to the beautiful Annabel (Joyce Jameson). He blags his way into a wine tasting and becomes friends with the connoisseur Fortunato Luchresi (Price). Luchresi meets the lovely Annabel when he escorts the drunken Montresor home.

CASE OF M. VALDEMAR - Ernest Vlademar (Price) is a dying man who agrees to allow the hypnotist Carmichael (Basil Rathbone) to hypnotise him at the moment of death so that he can study the last moments of death: but Carmichael has plans of his own, which include Valdemar's wife Helen (Debra Paget).

This film marked the start of the vinaigrette film - a film consisting of three or four short separate stories linked together (sometimes tenuously) in order to make an 80 or 90 minute feature - for example Vault Of Horror [DVD] [1973] and the The Monster Club [1980] [DVD].

Corman always seemed to manage a mixture of the irreverence and the macabre with a degree of comic timing to relieve the tension. Most of the entertainment came from watching these great stars (Price, Rathbone and Lorre) mixing dark comedy with horror.

These are the Friday night horror films from my childhood, and even though they are nearly 50 years old they are still among my favourites to revisit. Films such as these come from a gentler age where psychological empathy with a character's situation was important due to the lack of blood and gore and the heavy handedness of the movie censors.

I have always considered Vincent Price to be an extremely underrated actor, and within these films he demonstrates everything from love to anger along with comedy timing.

SUBTITLES: English, German, French, Spanish and Dutch.

LANGUAGES: English, German, French and Spanish.
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