The Haunted Palace (1963)

Passed  |   |  Horror  |  28 August 1963 (USA)
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Charles Dexter Ward arrives at a small village to visit the house he inherited from his ancestor who died there 100 years ago.



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Complete credited cast:
Ann Ward
Simon Orne (as Lon Chaney)
Frank Maxwell ...
Dr. Marinus Willet / Priam Willet
Leo Gordon ...
Edgar Weeden / Ezra Weeden
Peter Smith / Micah Smith (as Elisha Cook)
John Dierkes ...
Benjamin West / Jacob West (as John Dierkies)
Milton Parsons ...
Jabez Hutchinson
Cathie Merchant ...
Hester Tillinghast
Guy Wilkerson ...
Gideon Leach / Mr. Leach
Carmody, Coachman (as Stanford Jolley)
Harry Ellerbe ...
Barboura Morris ...
Mrs. Weeden
Darlene Lucht ...
Miss Fitch
Bruno VeSota ...
Bruno, the Bartender (as Bruno Ve Sota)


Loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft's novel THE CASE OF CHARLES DEXTER WARD, this fright flick opens with a warlock placing a curse on a group of villagers about to burn him at the stake. Generations later, the warlock's descendant returns to the village to pick up where his ancestor left off. Written by Humberto Amador

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Release Date:

28 August 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Edgar Allan Poe's The Haunted Palace  »

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(Ryder Sound Services)



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2.35 : 1
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The footage scene of the castle interior is similar to the scene in The Raven (1963) movie, which was directed by Roger Corman as well. Also the shots of castle from outside under thunder and lightning, and waves breaking of rocks appear in both movies. See more »


Edgar Allan Poe's name is misspelled as "Edgar Allen Poe" twice in the opening credits. See more »


Ann Ward: Charles? You ready?
[comes outside to join him on the balcony]
Charles Dexter Ward: I've decided to stay.
Ann Ward: What?
Charles Dexter Ward: Just long enough to fix the place up. With a little work it could bring a good price. Don't you think?
Ann Ward: I should imagine. I don't know.
Charles Dexter Ward: I estimate two weeks, perhaps three. To get things started, anyway. Do you mind, Ann?
Ann Ward: No, not exactly. But I can't say it pleases me.
Charles Dexter Ward: Well, then you go home!
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Entertaining and atmospheric (albeit loose) adaptation of Lovecraft's 'The Strange Case Of Charles Dexter Ward'.
20 February 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Roger Corman rarely gets the credit he deserves. While best known for the dozens of schlocky exploitation movies he was involved in as a producer, he also directed several underrated films, including his excellent Edgar Allen Poe series in the 1960s. 'The Haunted Palace' is really only a part of that series in name only. It takes its title from a Poe poem, but it's plot is (very loosely) adapted from H.P. Lovecraft's 'The Strange Case Of Charles Dexter Ward' by Charles Beaumont. Beaumont, a talented writer of short stories also scripted Corman's best Poe movie 'The Masque Of The Red Death'. As I said this is only loosely based on Lovecraft's original source material (a slightly more faithful version can be seen in Dan O'Bannon's 'The Resurrected', also recommended), but I'm sure most Lovecraft buffs will get a kick out of watching this, which is as far as I know the very first movie inspired by his fiction. Vincent Price stars in a duel role of Ward and his ancestor Joseph Curwen, and gives an enjoyable performance. Price really seemed to like working with Corman and gave the director some of his best work. I watched an old VHS print of this, but, like the Poe movies, it still looked like another great effort for a very limited budget. The supporting cast is worth noting - the beautiful Debra Paget, and legendary character actors Lon Chaney ('Spider Baby'), Elisha Cook, Jr ('The Killing') and Leo Gordon ('Kitten With A Whip'). 'The Haunted Palace' is another excellent Corman movie that still has a lot of entertainment value. Highly recommended to all Vincent Price and H.P. Lovecraft fans.

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