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On the death of his brother King Edward IV, Richard of Gloucester conspires to get the throne for himself. The late King had two young sons, his heir, Edward V and the younger Prince Richard, but they are not of age and so names his other brother, Clarence as Lord Protector of the Realm. Gloucester soon kills his younger brother but is haunted by his ghost and what he has done. As he continues to kill those around him, Gloucester is haunted by those he has betrayed hearing voices and slowly descending into madness. He spreads rumors that the late King's two sons are illegitimate and therefore not eligible to ascend to the throne. He assassinates the young princes and is crowned King Richard III. The ghosts from his past have the final say however. Written by
According to producer Gene Corman, he and his brother, director Roger Corman, considered leaving the production several times due to the cost-cutting measures forced on them by uncredited executive producer Edward Small. See more »
Just after Richard throws the ax through the stained glass window, you can see the shadow of the camera crane on the floor, rising higher and higher and pulling back. See more »
Richard of Gloucester:
Mistress Shore is dead... As Protector of the Realm, I can not tolerate treachery to the Crown... Mistress Shore has been executed for such treachery.
There was no more faithful woman in the castle.
Richard of Gloucester:
I had always thought that myself your Majesty, but when she admitted her crime, I had no choice.
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Loosely based on William Shakespeare's version of events, Roger Corman's Tower of London stars horror legend Vincent Price as wicked hunchbacked royal Richard III, who is determined to be king of England by any means. After the death of his older brother Edward IV (Justice Watson), Richard turns to murder to ensure that he is next in line for the throne, stabbing his other brother George, Duke of Clarence and dumping the body in a wine barrel (a trick Price would later employ in the excellent Theatre of Blood), torturing innocent maiden Mistress Shore (Sandra Knight) on the rack, accidentally throttling his wife Anne (Joan Camden), smothering his young nephews as they sleep in the tower, and executing the Earl of Buckingham (Bruce Gordon) by ravenous rat. As Richard carries out these evil acts, madness takes hold and he is plagued by ghostly visions of his victims.
In telling their quasi-historic horror tale, Corman and Price go for a melodramatic approach that frequently borders on the cheesy, with the star giving one of the hammiest performances of his career. Price's overripe delivery is Shakespearean in tone, but his dialogue is more prosaic than the bard's, making it easier to understand. Also serving to make this more saleable to the average moviegoer are the rather sensationalist torture scenes (nasty Richard revelling in the pain and suffering of his victims), the cold blooded murders, and the numerous macabre apparitions, which may have been creepy back in the day, but now entertain for all the wrong reasons. While not a classic collaboration by director and star, almost any Price vehicle is worth at least one watch, and Tower of London is no exception.
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