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Blu-ray Review – Tower of London (1962)

14 February 2017 1:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tower of London, 1962.

Directed by Roger Corman.

Starring Vincent Price, Michael Pate, Joan Freeman, Robert Brown, and Bruce Gordon.

Synopsis:

The story of Richard III is given the Roger Corman/Vincent Price treatment in a Gothic tale of madness and murder.

The story of Richard III has been told many times over in various different ways – although we haven’t yet had one about the discovery of his bones underneath a Leicester car park but that is probably on the way – and in the early 1960s producers Edward Small and Gene Corman approached Corman’s brother Roger about directing a film based loosely on the historical figure. Small had been impressed with Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe adaptations that he made with American International Pictures with Vincent Price playing the leads and so once Corman was on board it didn’t take much to get Price to appear, especially »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘Tower of London’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

13 February 2017 10:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Vincent Price, Michael Pate, Joan Freeman, Robert Brown, Bruce Gordon, Joan Camden, Richard Hale, Sandra Knight, Charles Macaulay, Justice WatsonSarah Selby, Donald Losby | Written by Leo Gordon, F. Amos Powell | Directed by Roger Corman

When you get Roger Corman and Vince Price together you tend to get a stylised horror film that is hard not to love. While Tower of London may not be their best collaboration, it is an interesting take on Shakespeare’s play of the nefarious King who killed his way to the top…

Corman’s film though is a more mix-and-match tale for Richard III which pulls in Macbeth and Hamlet to make the tale much more ghoulish. Featuring ghosts that haunt Vincent Price’s Richard of Gloucester it is very clear that Price relishes the prospect of taking on a Shakespearian role, but hams it up for all it is worth.

Price does this »

- Paul Metcalf

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Blu-ray Review – Tower of London (1962)

13 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tower of London, 1962.

Directed by Roger Corman.

Starring Vincent Price, Michael Pate, Joan Freeman, Robert Brown, Bruce Gordon, Joan Camden, Sandra Knight, Richard Hale.

Synopsis:

The twisted Richard III is haunted by the ghosts of those he has murdered in his attempt to become the King of England.

What’s the best way to liven up a bit of Shakespeare? Get Roger Corman and Vincent Price involved of course!

Following the pair’s successful experiments with film adaptations of stories and poems by Edgar Allen Poe (The Fall of the House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum and Tales of Terror) the idea seemed like a pretty good one. It’s certainly one which details many of the reasons why classic chiller fans are so devout to Corman’s genius ability to wring dramatic action out of every available space and dollar, alongside Vinnie Price’s wonderfully entertaining mixture of camp and maniacal performances. »

- Robert W Monk

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