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Tales of Terror (1962)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 18 December 1962 (Italy)
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Three tales of terror involve a grieving widower and the daughter he abandoned; a drunkard and his wife's black cat; and a hypnotist who prolongs the moment of a man's death.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

Richard Matheson (screenplay), Edgar Allan Poe (based on the stories by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Locke / Fortunato Luchresi / Ernest Valdemar
Maggie Pierce ... Lenora (segment "Morella")
Leona Gage ... Morella (segment "Morella")
Peter Lorre ... Montresor (segment "The Black Cat")
Joyce Jameson ... Annabel (segment "The Black Cat")
Basil Rathbone ... Carmichael (segment "The Case of M. Valdemar")
Debra Paget ... Helene (segment "The Case of M. Valdemar")
David Frankham ... Dr. James (segment "The Case of M. Valdemar")
Lennie Weinrib Lennie Weinrib ... Policeman (segment "The Black Cat")
Wally Campo Wally Campo ... Barman Wilkins (segment "The Black Cat")
Alan DeWitt Alan DeWitt ... Chairman of Wine Society (segment "The Black Cat") (as Alan DeWit)
John Hackett John Hackett ... Policeman (segment "The Black Cat")
Edmund Cobb ... Driver (segment "Morella") (as Ed Cobb)
Scott Brown Scott Brown ... Servant (segment "The Case of M. Valdemar")
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Storyline

Three stories adapted from the work of Edgar Allen Poe. A man and his daughter are reunited, but the blame for the death of his wife hangs over them, unresolved. A derelict challenges the local wine-tasting champion to a competition, but finds the man's attention to his wife worthy of more dramatic action. A man dying and in great pain agrees to be hypnotized at the moment of death, with unexpected consequences. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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A Trilogy of Shock and Horror!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1962 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000, 31 December 1962
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathé Colour)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For the story "The Black Cat", Vincent Price based his character of Fortunado on Ernie Kovacs's television character Percy Dovetonsils. See more »

Goofs

When Peter Lorre enters the residence and starts breaking pots,looking for money, one of the pots has a round base and is fluted. The pot hitting the floor, near the cat, is a little different color grey and more cylindrical. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Driver: Ma'am, I have to get back to Boston.
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Alternate Versions

The shots of Valdemar 'liquefying' over Carmichael were originally cut from the UK cinema print and later restored for video. See more »

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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Sorcerers (1996) See more »

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The Corman formula scores again.
2 December 2002 | by Backlash007See all my reviews

Tales of Terror is a classic anthology of Edgar Allen Poe stories brought to life by Richard Matheson's writing and Roger Corman's directing. It's loaded with genre favorites and Vincent Price stars in all three tales (that right there is enough to make me watch). All three stories are indeed dark or humorous, or both, with The Black Cat being the strongest simply because of the interaction between Price and Peter Lorre. Price really hams it up in the wine tasting scene and I crack up every time. And Lorre is incomparable. This yarn does feature a black cat, but it's more like The Cask of Amontillado actually. The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar is something else that needs to be seen. Basil Rathbone stars in this one and looks remarkably like a beardless Wes Craven. It's uncanny. Let us not forget the first story, Morella. This one is a dark drama and doesn't offer any humor. It's still great though and Price's character here reminds me quite a bit of the one he played in The Pit and the Pendulum (another Corman/Poe production). If you like the other Corman adaptations of Poe, don't miss this one.


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