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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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Director:
Writers:
Richard Matheson (screenplay)
Edgar Allan Poe (based on the stories by)
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Release Date:
23 February 1963 (Denmark) See more »
Tagline:
A Trilogy of Shock and Horror!
Plot:
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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A TERRIFIC MIX OF HORROR AND COMEDY See more (53 total) »

Cast

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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)

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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Runtime:
89 min
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Color:
Color (Pathé Colour)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Driver:Ma'am, I have to get back to Boston.
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Movie Connections:
Version of The Black Cat (1961)See more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A TERRIFIC MIX OF HORROR AND COMEDY, 26 May 2001
Author: Bill Treadway (treads22@hotmail.com) from Queens, New York

Roger Corman's "Tales of Terror" is a terrific mix of horror and comedy. In an era of horror films that take themselves so seriously, it's great to find a film that has its' tongue firmly in cheek. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to enjoy this film as much as i did, but the more I thought about it, weren't Poe's stories one big sick joke themselves?

Vincent Price appears in all three segments and he does a good job under the circumstances. Out of all three segments, the best (and funniest) is "The Black Cat", which also adds a dash of "The Cask of Amontillado" to the mix. Peter Lorre also stars in this segment and the wine tasting contest is among one of the funniest scenes Corman has ever filmed. I have only one quip: a simple switch in casting (Price as Montresor and Lorre as Fortunato) would have made the segment even better. But as it is, it's great stuff.

The opening sequence "Morella" is atmospheric and eerie. The recent remake was nowhere near as effective, so Corman's film provides proof that big budgets aren't necessarily better. Also, making Morella the heroine instead of the victim was an improvement.

The final sequence "Valdemar", has a great revenge ending involving a melting Price and Basil Rathbone. The acting is excellent and it achieves an odd mood the story didn't. It's a testament to Corman's abilities as director.

The technical credits are strong. Floyd Crosby's Panavision photography perfectly changes moods and textures depending on the story. It's exceptional work and should have won an Oscar. Daniel Haller's sets are exqusite. According to Corman himself, these were stock sets purchased from major studios that were altered depending on the story. They look great and real expensive and this gives the film additional class. Richard Matheson's script doesn't overcome its' horror with humor. It finds that thin line between the two and never falters. And Corman himself continues to grow as a filmmaker with each film. He may have made over 100 films, but many of them have stood the test of time, whether they be good, slick trash ("A Bucket of Blood") or important, groundbreaking films ("The Intruder", "House of Usher"). His films should be required viewing by anyone who wants to direct and learn how.

**** out of 4 stars

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