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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

Complete credited 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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Horror

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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)

Color:

(Pathécolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Completed April 1963, and the only film teaming Vincent Price and Lon Chaney Jr., other than Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). See more »

Goofs

When there is a shot through the fireplace, the evenly spaced flames reveal that a flame bar is being used in front of the lens. See more »

Quotes

Simon Orne: Joseph, have you not gorged yourself enough on revenge?
Charles Dexter Ward: You do not know the extent of my appetite, Simon. I'll not have my fill of revenge until this village is a graveyard. Until they have felt, as I did, the kiss of fire on their soft bare flesh. All of them. Have patience my friends. Surely, after all these years, I'm entitled to a few small amusements.
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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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