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Tower of London (1962)

Approved | | Drama, History, Horror | 24 October 1962 (USA)
The twisted Richard III is haunted by the ghosts of those he has murdered in his attempt to become the King of England.

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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 garykmcd

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24 October 1962 (USA)  »

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La torre de Londres  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Producer Gene Corman and writer Leo Gordon thought that the public was wearying of the Edgar Allan Poe / Vincent Price franchise and tried to get away from the iconic author. They discussed doing one of the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne before settling on William Shakespeare. They considered "Macbeth" before settling on "Richard III". See more »

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As Richard bends down to kiss the forehead of King Edward, who was dead his bed, you can see King Edward squinting both of his eyes slightly. See more »

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Queen: You have executed a most trusted woman of this court without trial. You say that your motives are honorable? Those that suspect treason in others, should first look into their own hearts for loyalty.
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Worth looking out for, but not one of Corman's best efforts
20 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was looking forward to Tower of London as I am a big fan of Vincent Price and a lot of his and Corman's collaborations. After seeing it, I don't think it is one of their best, and the 1939 film while not perfect is a better film, but it is a decent film and should be better known than it is. Granted it is nowhere near perfect, the ending is abrupt, some of the supernatural scenes are more silly than they are haunting and most of the supporting cast are very hammy. The history is also questionable, though I wasn't expecting a history lesson when watching Tower of London and I don't count it as as big a flaw as the ones above. However, the sets, costumes and photography are quite good, the score has a haunting quality to it and the dialogue is intelligent. The story has some uneven moments, but the murders are very disturbing and there is a good atmosphere about it. The killings of the princes and Richard's decision to kill Buckingham are the best scenes of the film. Corman's direction is generally solid and Robert Brown and Joan Freeman are good in their roles and handle them with professionalism. But Vincent Price is the best actor in the film, his Richard of Gloucester is superb, the only one of the cast to make me feel that way. While slightly on the camp side, and I do think he has given better performances before and since, he is also menacing and troubled. All in all, not one of Corman's best but worth the viewing for Price's performances and the murder scenes. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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