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Tales of Terror (1962)

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Three tales of terror involve a grieving widower and the daughter he abandoned; a drunkard and his wife's black cat; and a hypnotist who prolongs the moment of a man's death.

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Maggie Pierce ...
Leona Gage ...
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Annabel (segment "The Black Cat")
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Helene (segment "The Case of M. Valdemar")
David Frankham ...
Dr. James (segment "The Case of M. Valdemar")
Lennie Weinrib ...
Policeman (segment "The Black Cat")
Wally Campo ...
Barman Wilkins (segment "The Black Cat")
Alan DeWitt ...
Chairman of Wine Society (segment "The Black Cat") (as Alan DeWit)
John Hackett ...
Policeman (segment "The Black Cat")
Edmund Cobb ...
Driver (segment "Morella") (as Ed Cobb)
Scott Brown ...
Servant (segment "The Case of M. Valdemar")
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Three stories adapted from the work of Edgar Allen Poe. A man and his daughter are reunited, but the blame for the death of his wife hangs over them, unresolved. A derelict challenges the local wine-tasting champion to a competition, but finds the man's attention to his wife worthy of more dramatic action. A man dying and in great pain agrees to be hypnotized at the moment of death, with unexpected consequences. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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death | widower | cat | drunkard | dying | See more »

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A Trilogy of Shock and Horror!


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23 February 1963 (Denmark)  »

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Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Terror  »

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The adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat" also incorporates elements of Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado". See more »

Goofs

When Peter Lorre enters the residence and starts breaking pots,looking for money, one of the pots has a round base and is fluted. The pot hitting the floor, near the cat, is a little different color grey and more cylindrical. See more »

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[first lines]
Driver: Ma'am, I have to get back to Boston.
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Classic Corman, Price and AIP drive-in horror with a solid cast.
5 October 1999 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

This film's three segments are roughly based on Poe stories, with writer Richard Matheson adding subplots of adultery and jealousy. In "Morella," there's a dying father and daughter and a dead wife who decides to speed their demise (which Corman would cover again in his film "Tomb of Ligeia"). "The Black Cat" is an elaborated version of "The Cask of Amontilado" with the addition of adultery (and a funny guest part by Peter Lorre). "The Case of M. Valdemar" adds a lecherous hypnotist (Basil Rathbone) to the story of a hypnotized corpse. As in most AIP films, gore is minimal, and innocents rarely suffer (with the possible exception of the daugher in "Morella"). While not a major classic, it's enjoyable, with the charisma of the old cult film stars (Price, Lorre and Rathbone) one of the best elements.


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