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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...
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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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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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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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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I just love Vincent Price, 26 Jan 2008
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a mixed bag, 27 Sep 2010
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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 predictably dramatic and supernatural consequnces. The drama seems a bit ponderous to me and recalls similar Corman films better done (like 'The Fall of the House of Usher' or 'The Tomb of Ligeia').'The Black Cat' works as a comic horror tale nicely played by Lorre,as a drunkard who murders his wife and her dandyish wine tasting lover (Price) by walling them up in his house. Of course Price rises to the occasion in this ham fest, which also appropriates material from Poe's tale, 'The Cask of Amontillado.' The success of this comedy tale anticipates Corman's comic horror romp, 'The Raven'. The final tale, 'The case of M Valdermar' is the most authentically 'horror' one in the anthology. Basil Rathbone plays a hypnotist who persuades a dying man (Price, in what is his most restrained and effective performance in the film) to be hypnotised on his deathbed with very chilling results as he answers Rathbone's questions from the great beyond. I'd rate this DVD as a good purchase but if all three tales were as chilling as the last, the film would truly live up to its title.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair portrayal of Poe's tales of mystery and imagination, 10 Dec 2007
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Not the best Poe adaption by any means, but full of atmosphere with that slightly twisted angle of looking at things, you expect of Poe. Lots of cobwebs and mist, and pregnant pauses so the viewer knows they are to expect a twist of the unusual at least, if not the outright macabre. They are dark and lingering tales here, rather than terrifying, but they are tales of growing terror, not horror stories, as there is a great distinction between the two concepts. Poe was an undisputed master of psychological terror, and said himself in his enlightening essays that it was the terror of the soul he was interested in exploring. So it is that the utter strangeness and creepiness of his Gothic tales could often be more effective in frightening people than the more direct visual effects you will find in modern day horror fiction. With Poe tales, you tend to remember the stories far more than you do with other horror and Gothic horror writers, because they are so damned strange and different. They have a depth to them, which really must equate to the darkness of the soul, or even of the twisted, psychotic mind. The three tales here are suitably drawn-out amalgams of several Poe tales, and have a good literary feel to them, respecting Poe's gift for storytelling, and his immense erudition. I would have liked a little more terror in them though, but Corman seemed to be focusing on the dark humour and the atmospheric tone in this offering, rather than the scare factor. It's fair enough, there is plenty of dark humour in Poe, and plenty of other wordly atmosphere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enough vincent for the price !!, 1 Jun 2014
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Three classic stories with some great performances , mr lore and mr price work fantastic together and you've even got a Sherlock Holmes in there
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old horror, 27 April 2014
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Vincent Price hamming it up in the usual dressing gown. Its more a comedy then horror but i am a fan of his flims. Hammer Horrors were well known.
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