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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.
The second film in the nice double feature is The Tower of London, another flick that teamed Price with director Roger Corman.Read more ›
THIS is the newly restored and for the first time official UK released version on BluRay of HAUNTED PALACE available. I think I'm right in saying the only other version available in this country was on DVD in the Roger Corman Collection 6 film pack by Studio Canal. I personally have been waiting years for this film to be released on its own merit in the UK well done to Arrow Video. (just as an aside come on people bring out Tower of London aswell as that film HAS never been released on any format in the UK)
The Tower of London is a remake of the 1939 classic where in fact Price had a small role in that. Here he plays a monsterous Richard III determined to be King of England and kill everyone even his own family in his way. And boy does Price kill everyone, even small children. This movie is quite bloody and violent considering the year it was made. Ghosts though are ready to haunt Richard III to his death. Very well acted and great sets. Though Price a classic method actor, does method act in almost every scene.
This is certainly the best, and sharpest colour print of the film I've seen in a long time, and all in the original full widescreen-format too! Well worth the whole 'price' of the double feature disc just by itself. Plus, you get an excellent extra in the form of another fascinating interview with the hypnotically charming, cult sixties film director himself, Roger Corman......a real bargain all round!
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THE HAUNTED PALACE [1963 / 2015] [Blu-ray] What Was The Terrifying Thing in the PIT That Wanted Women! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very watchable movie. Then I am a Vincent Price fan of long standing.Published 16 months ago by r a price