MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 15,885 this week

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Horror, Mystery  |  September 1971 (USA)
5.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.2/10 from 686 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 15 critic

Paris...at the turn of the century. Inspector Vidocq investigates a series of unexplained murders at a Grand Guignol-type theatre...where the players have suddenly become real-life victims. Based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Related News

Rest in Peace: Herbert Lom
| DreadCentral.com

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 8236 titles
created 10 Aug 2011
 
a list of 104 titles
created 07 Jan 2012
 
a list of 9984 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 05 Jul 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971) on IMDb 5.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Murders in the Rue Morgue.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Aristocrat Julian Markham keeps his disfigured brother, Sir Edward, locked in a tower of his house. Occasionaly Sir Edward escapes and causes havoc around the town.

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader, Oona. Oona calls up a magical servant, a "banshee", to ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Vincent Price, Essy Persson, Hilary Heath
Mystery | Thriller | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An astute businesswoman is completely devoted to her faithless husband, who must kill her to carry on with her pretty young niece. It turns out that the dead don't die so easily.

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Gary Merrill, Jane Merrow, Georgina Cookson
Horror | Thriller

A family own morgue and cemetery is the center point for MURDER. This family owned business has our current family members at the Rue Morgue turning to murder. Influenced by forces beyond ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Dickinson
Stars: Rebecca Olejniczak, Jacqui Holland, G. Larry Butler
Medusa (1973)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  

In Greece, a stewardess is murdered by a masked maniac. Suspicion falls on a drunken American playboy (George Hamilton) and a murderous gangster (Cameron Mitchell).

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: George Hamilton, Luciana Paluzzi, Cameron Mitchell
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A London art broker goes to Copenhagen where he requires the services of a secretary fluent in Danish, English, and German. He falls deeply in love with the woman, despite the fact that he ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Meg Tilly, Rupert Frazer, Nicholas Le Prevost
Horror | Sci-Fi | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A serial killer, who drains his victims for blood is on the loose in London, the Police follow him to a house owned by an eccentric scientist.

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing
Act One (1963)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Story of the life of writer/playwright Moss Hart.

Director: Dore Schary
Stars: George Hamilton, Jason Robards, George Segal
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A young American is framed and thrown into a Mexican prison. His friends journey to Mexico to break him out.

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Timothy Van Patten, Jimmy McNichol, Ethan Wayne
Embassy (1972)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A Russian spy penetrates into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon to try to kill a Soviet defector under asylum there.

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Richard Roundtree, Chuck Connors, Marie-José Nat
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Hugh Marlowe, Zena Walker, Patricia Haines
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Cesar Charron
...
Rene Marot
...
Madeleine Charron
...
Inspector Vidocq
...
Genevre
...
Pierre Triboulet
...
Mrs. Charron
Peter Arne ...
Aubert
Rosalind Elliot ...
Gabrielle
Marshall Jones ...
Luigi Orsini
María Martín ...
Madam Adolphe
Ruth Plattes ...
Orsini's Assistant
Rafael Hernández ...
Member of Repertory Company
Pamela McInnes ...
Member of Repertory Company
Sally Longley ...
Member of Repertory Company
Edit

Storyline

In Paris, in the beginning of the Twentieth Century, Cesar Charron owns a theater at the Rue Morgue where he performs the play "Murders in the Rue Morgue" with his wife Madeleine Charron, who has dreadful nightmares. When there are several murders by acid of people connected to Cesar, the prime suspect of Inspector Vidocq would be Cesar's former partner Rene Marot. But Marot murdered Madeleine's mother many years ago and committed suicide immediately after. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

LOVE and MURDER are the two consuming passions of the Rue Morgue!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

September 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Edgar Allan Poe's Murders in the Rue Morgue  »

Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jason Robards thought he was miscast in this project. See more »

Goofs

When the murderer flees the theatre after the death of Erik at the start, it is obviously a stuntman, rather than Herbert Lom, who jumps over the fence. See more »

Quotes

Rene Marot: Confess. Let me hear the truth, Cesar. Confess.
Cesar Charron: Yes, I killed her. I killed her.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Prime Cut (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
(uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Sung in the theatre
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A bit of a bad dream.
2 September 2004 | by (Stockton, England) – See all my reviews

Not a straight remake of the classic Poe tale, more an odd mixture of `The Phantom Of The Opera' (Herbert Lom is effectively reprising his Hammer Phantom), `Theatre of Death' and Poe's familiar themes of premature burial, `Murders In The Rue Morgue' is an experiment which does not quite work.

Partly this is down to Chris Wicking's script, not best known for his narrative clarity, here he reaches it a new low, with a script obscure in the extreme (at several points it seems to contradict itself). He is not helped by Hessler's direction, the strengths showed in the earlier `Scream And Scream Again' seem to have disappeared, and replaced by sheer shoddiness (some of the murders are very badly staged). A more imaginative director was needed to compensate for the script, especially in the case of the repetitive dream sequences which pepper the film.

By this time Vincent Price had jumped ship and was replaced by Jason Robards Jnr. An odd choice, as aside from being too contemporary for this period setting, he is also, dare I say it, too good an actor for this material. It really needed an actor, who like Price, had a strong sense of irony. As a result Robards just looks flat. Lom comes across much better, but again ham-fisted direction by Hessler sometimes makes him look absurd (the worst offender is when Lom follows Robards; it's staged so badly that a blind man would have noticed Lom).

It's a mess, but despite its many faults it is entertaining enough, the frustrating thing about it is that you get the feeling that given a better script and a more imaginative director (and Vincent Price instead of Robards) this movie could have been very good indeed.


8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Director's Cut Wailmer1990
Standard AIP fare sambson
Discuss Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?