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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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Ann Ward
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Simon Orne (as Lon Chaney)
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Dr. Marinus Willet / Priam Willet
Leo Gordon ...
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
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Hester Tillinghast
Guy Wilkerson ...
Gideon Leach / Mr. Leach
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Carmody, Coachman (as Stanford Jolley)
Harry Ellerbe ...
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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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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 »

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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.
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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 very good film and very underrated
1 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I don't consider The Haunted Palace one of Vincent Price's or Roger Corman's best. I do put Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher and especially Masque of the Red Death above it, but it is a very good film and worth checking out. It does get a little ponderous at times in the middle and while eerie in tone the music score is over-the-top. However it is well photographed and has beautiful sets. The writing has some fun and macabre moments and the story delivers its suspenseful atmosphere and creepy scares wonderfully even if the enacting terrible revenge angle is familiar territory. Corman's direction is secure also. The acting is very good. Debra Paget before she retired is beautiful and not too bland. Lon Chaney is wonderful, and his entrance is one of The Haunted Palace's creepiest moments. Even better is Price, he is in a double role here and he is deliciously evil. All in all, very good and very enjoyable, I just wish that it had more attention. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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