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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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Cast

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Ann Ward
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Simon Orne (as Lon Chaney)
Frank Maxwell ...
Dr. Marinus Willet / Priam Willet
Leo Gordon ...
Edgar Weeden / Ezra Weeden
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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
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Carmody, Coachman (as Stanford Jolley)
Harry Ellerbe ...
Minister
Barboura Morris ...
Mrs. Weeden
Darlene Lucht ...
Miss Fitch
Bruno VeSota ...
Bruno, the Bartender (as Bruno Ve Sota)
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Storyline

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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A warlock's home is his castle...Forever! See more »

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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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(Pathécolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The film is billed as "Edgar Allan Poe's The Haunted Palace." While Poe did write "The Haunted Palace," the film is actually based on the story by H.P. Lovecraft, "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward." See more »

Quotes

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.
[disappointed]
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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A Classic Gothic Horror
28 April 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Centuries ago in Arkham, New England, the warlock Joseph Curwen (Vincent Price) abducts young ladies from the local village and brings them to his castle to use in experiments with the Necronomicon. The local Edgar Weeden (Leo Gordon) raises a lynch mob that go to the castle and burn Joseph Curwen alive at the stake. Before dying, he curses the village, the villagers and their descendants.

One hundred and ten years later, Charles Dexter Ward (Vincent Price), who has inherited the manor, comes to Arkham with his beautiful wife Ann Ward (Debra Paget) to visit the real estate and has a cold and hostile reception by the dwellers. Only Dr. Priam Willet (Frank Maxwell) helps him and tells that the village has many mutants and the villagers believe that it is a cursed town.

When Charles arrives in the castle, he meets two former associates of Joseph Curwen that also worship the devil, and Charles is possessed by the evil Joseph Curwen that wants to revenge on the descendants of those who killed him and to bring his beloved mistress back to life. Ann and Dr. Willet try to help Charles to escape from Curwen's power.

"The Haunted Palace" is a classic Gothic horror by Roger Corman that follows the same style of the Hammer films. The plot is very simple but works perfectly well, supported by Vincent Price and the gorgeous Debra Paget. Further, this is the last feature of this beautiful actress that retired after getting married for the third time. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Castelo Assombrado" ("The Haunted Castle")


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