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The Haunted Palace (1963)

Approved | | Horror | 18 March 1965 (Italy)
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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Ann Ward
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Simon Orne (as Lon Chaney)
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Dr. Marinus Willet / Priam Willet
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Edgar Weeden / Ezra Weeden
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Peter Smith / Micah Smith (as Elisha Cook)
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Benjamin West / Jacob West (as John Dierkies)
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Jabez Hutchinson
Cathie Merchant ...
Hester Tillinghast
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Gideon Leach / Mr. Leach
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Carmody, Coachman (as Stanford Jolley)
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Minister
Barboura Morris ...
Mrs. Weeden
Darlene Lucht ...
Miss Fitch
Bruno VeSota ...
Bruno, the Bartender (as Bruno Ve Sota)
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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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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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Roger Corman decided to do an H.P. Lovecraft story as a break from his Edgar Allan Poe series while keeping the elements that made it successful. American-International took no chances. It gave the film a "Poe" title and marketed it as another in the series. See more »

Goofs

Edgar Allan Poe's name is misspelled as "Edgar Allen Poe" twice in the opening credits. 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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Dry ice and shadows in Corman country
26 February 2007 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

The darkest of Roger Corman's Poe chillers, though this yarn owes more to HP Lovecraft than Edgar Allan's poetry. Vincent Price gives his all time greatest performance in a dual role as possessed and possessor, aided by a wonderfully literate script by Charles Beaumont. It gives Price no leeway to indulge his tendency to sometimes ham it up.

Here, he keeps tight dramatic restraint on himself, making his gradual transformation from kindly innocent to the reincarnation of his warlock ancestor a virtuoso portrayal of inner turmoil overwhelmed by fiendish evil. Corman even provides a last good role for Lon Chaney Jr (as he'd done previously for Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone) as a ghoulish henchman.

Undeniably, 'The Haunted Palace' does have a rather ponderous pace and music score that makes the film seem stretched as Price wanders down just one more hidden corridor. Floyd Crosby's widescreen cinematography is also unrelenting, capturing the drab, muted blue and brown pastels of a Puritan village plagued by witchcraft. And the barely glimpsed green demon lurking inside the vault was perhaps a mistake.

But Corman's skill on a 15-day schedule and a cheap budget is evident throughout. He introduces Chaney in a splendidly done sudden shock appearance that will still make unwary audiences jump (asked why he is preparing a room in the dark, he tells Price, "One becomes accustomed to the darkness... here").

True Corman fans will rank this chilling piece of American Gothic among his best. Not least where an exasperated Chaney asks the possessed Price when he will be satisfied avenging himself on the descendants of those who burned him at the stake. "Not until this village is a graveyard," Price promises Chaney sibilantly. "Not until they too have felt the kiss of fire on their soft flesh... all of them."


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