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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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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 | dying | drunkard | hypnotist | widower | 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 "Black Cat" segment was recycled for The Comedy of Terrors (1963) (even the presence of a meddlesome cat). Many of the same actors appear in both films, only here Peter Lorre plays the drunk married to devoted Joyce Jameson, with Vincent Price introduced as the third member of the triangle; in "Comedy of Terrors" Price and Lorre exchange roles, and Jameson essentially repeats her performance. Not only that, but Price's line "What place is this?" from the "M. Valdemar" segment of "Tales of Terror" is recycled as a running gag for Basil Rathbone in "Comedy of Terrors". See more »

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In the Black Cat tale, after the police knock open the wall and shows close up of Annabel and the cat, you can she her chest move as she exhales a breath. See more »

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Driver: Ma'am, I have to get back to Boston.
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Pretty good
2 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another of the Roger Corman/Vincent Price films based VERY loosely on three Edgar Allan Poe tales.

The first is "Morella" where a dying girl comes to visit her father (Price) and find out why he abandoned her as a child. It has to do with her mother (Morella) and her death. Well-done but it doesn't make a lot of sense.

"The Black Cat" is about a man (Peter Lorre) finding out his wife is cheating on him with someone else (Price). It's pretty good but Lorre's acting turns it into a comedy more than a horror story.

"The Case of M. Valdemar" has an evil mesmerist (Basil Rathbone) keeping a man's spirit alive while his body wastes away. Well-done with a pretty gruesome ending.

Basically this a good anthology of horror stories. They're well-produced, well-acted and written. Just don't expect them to be anything like the Poe tales (especially "Morella"). GREAT liberties have been taken with the stories--they just use them as a starting point and build on it.

Also try to see it letter-boxed--the pan and scan TV version is pretty terrible.

I give it a 7.


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