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Tales of Terror -- 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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Richard Matheson (screenplay)
Edgar Allan Poe (based on the stories by)
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Release Date:
23 February 1963 (Denmark) See more »
A Trilogy of Shock and Horror!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Vincent Price ... Locke / Fortunato Luchresi / Ernest Valdemar
Maggie Pierce ... Lenora (segment "Morella")
Leona Gage ... Morella (segment "Morella")

Peter Lorre ... Montresor (segment "The Black Cat")

Joyce Jameson ... Annabel (segment "The Black Cat")

Basil Rathbone ... Carmichael (segment "The Case of M. Valdemar")

Debra Paget ... 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")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bradley ... Wine Society Member (segment "The Black Cat") (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Wine Society Member (segment "The Black Cat") (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Tavern Patron (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Wine Society Member (segment "The Black Cat") (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Wine Society Member (segment "The Black Cat") (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roger Corman 
Writing credits
Richard Matheson (screenplay)

Edgar Allan Poe (based on the stories by)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Roger Corman .... producer
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anthony Carras 
Production Design by
Daniel Haller 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
Makeup Department
Lou LaCava .... makeup artist (as Lou La Cava)
Ray Forman .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Robert Agnew .... unit manager
Bartlett A. Carre .... production manager (as Bartlett A. Carré)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Bohrer .... assistant director
Art Department
Ross Hahn .... construction coordinator
Richard M. Rubin .... property master (as Dick Rubin)
John Ceniga .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
John L. Bury .... sound (as John Bury)
Jack Woods .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Pat Dinga .... special effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marjorie Corso .... wardrobe
Music Department
Eve Newman .... music editor
Al Simms .... music coordinator
Other crew
Jack W. Cash .... production assistant (as Jack Cash)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Terror" - USA (alternative title)
"Morella" - USA (segment title)
"The Black Cat" - USA (segment title)
"The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" - USA (segment title)
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89 min
Color (Pathé Colour)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (video rating) (1993) | USA:Approved (PCA #20234) | USA:Unrated (video release)

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Filmed November-December 1961.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[first lines]
Driver:Ma'am, I have to get back to Boston.
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
None to shabby mix of horror and comedy starring the legendary Vincent Price!, 25 April 2004
Author: Snake-666 from England

Roger Corman presents this horror anthology based on three stories by Edgar Allen Poe, where all three segments are introduced by and star Vincent Price.

‘Tales of Terror' is a movie which generally is hard to accept as a serious horror film, but fun when considered as a camp and kooky entry into the genre. Vincent Price is excellent in all three of his fairly contrasting roles and one could certainly see this film as a major piece of evidence when attempting to ascertain just how great and diverse a performer the late Mr. Price actually was. Roger Corman's directorial lavishness served to give the entire a movie a certain air of pomposity that lacked from some of his previous efforts and the varying directorial styles that Corman utilised throughout the film are the most prominent reason for the enjoyability of the movie.

In the first segment, entitled ‘Morella', Vincent Price stars as Locke, a man traumatised to the point of insanity following the death of his wife (Leona Gage). Locke blames the early passing of his wife solely on his daughter Lenora (Maggie Pierce) and is therefore unimpressed and enraged when she shows up at his door twenty-six years since he last saw her. However, the relationship between the two starts to grow strong, before events take a horrifying turn. Easily the most solemn and horrific of the three stories, ‘Morella' is unfortunately too short a segment for one to really enjoy the production. It seems that Corman preferred to concentrate the majority of the segment solely on the relationship between Lenora and her father, thus leaving the ending scenes looking rushed and the viewer to feel rather unsatisfied. That is not to say the story itself is not entertaining, it just does not appear to have fulfilled its potential. Good performances, some magnificent (albeit brief) haunting scenarios and a frightful image of a decomposed corpse are the highlights to this segment and certainly help to save it from the problems with pacing.

The following segment is far more corny and amusing. Entitled ‘The Black Cat', this story follows the drunk, cat-hating Montressor (Peter Lorre) who during one of his less sober moments, challenges Vincent Price's wine-critic character of Fortunato to a wine-tasting contest and shortly Montressor begins to wish the two had never met. This segment seems so far removed from the opening segment that one could be forgiven for thinking they were watching a different movie. ‘The Black Cat' takes a far more light-hearted tone as the entire segment is laced with camp humour – particularly the facial expressions and general mannerisms of Vincent Price during the wine-tasting contest. This is a far more extravagant Vincent than we had previously seen. Despite one or two dramatic moments of tension and suspense, the segment never really sends any chills down the spine and is quite obviously present mainly for comedy value. It is in this story that Corman primarily chooses to utilise camera effects and visual trickery to set the mood, which is usually to enhance the humorous aspects of the film, such as during the wine-tasting contest where the effects are obviously used to show the increasing state of Montressor's intoxication. Even a hallucinatory sequence where Vincent Price's character plays with a severed head has an undeniable camp, comic charm. All in all, this segment is fun but far from truly horrifying.

The final segment, called ‘The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar', stars Vincent Price as a terminally ill man receiving pain relief through a form of hypnosis. Valdemar (Price) agrees to be hypnotised at the point of death by Carmichael (Basil Rathbone), much to the dismay and disgust of Valdemar's wife (Debra Paget) and physician Elliot James (David Frankham). Unlike the first segment, this one suffers by moving too slowly. Corman does an excellent job of building the tension where required, but he seems to take a rather lethargic approach to moving the story along. Performances from the entire cast were excellent and are the main positive aspect to the segment. Overall, this seems a fitting way to end the film and features one particularly gruesome scene. Just like the previous two segments, the story never really seems to fulfil its potential but can hardly be described as poor.

Generally, the film is entertaining despite the pacing problems and intermittent moments of overabundant camp humour. Horror fans should not go into this movie expecting a serious fright fest. Instead it is best to view when ready to see some great performances from Vincent Price in three rather differing types of story. Excluding a couple of scenes, one should not find anything horrifying about this film, but should find multiple amusing aspects and a jolly good time. My rating for ‘Tales of Terror' – 7/10.

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