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The Haunted Palace (1963)

Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

Charles Beaumont (screenplay by), Edgar Allan Poe (from the poem by) (as Edgar Allen Poe) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Charles Dexter Ward / Joseph Curwen
Debra Paget ... Ann Ward
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Simon Orne (as Lon Chaney)
Frank Maxwell ... Dr. Marinus Willet / Priam Willet
Leo Gordon ... Edgar Weeden / Ezra Weeden
Elisha Cook Jr. ... 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
I. Stanford Jolley ... Carmody, Coachman (as Stanford Jolley)
Harry Ellerbe ... Minister
Barboura Morris Barboura Morris ... Mrs. Weeden
Darlene Lucht 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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What was the terrifying thing in the PIT that wanted women? See more »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1965 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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Absolutely wonderful
3 March 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Roger Corman's 'Poe' series is one of the all time highlights of cinema. With low budgets, great stories and Vincent Price; Corman has created a legacy that is hard to react to with anything but admiration, and it's certainly a style of film-making that will never be utilised again. This film is, actually, not based on a story by Edgar Allen Poe; but one by the almost equally excellent HP Lovecraft. You will notice Poe's name on the posters, but that's nothing more than a ploy by American International to ensure that people went to see it. However, whoever wrote it is inconsequential, because it's incredible whatever. From the moment it begins, with an incredibly malevolent Vincent Price being burned for witchcraft shortly after putting a curse on the village of Arkham in one of the man's finest monologues ever; this film grabs you doesn't let go until the words 'The End' appear on your screen. The subject of witchcraft and burning witches has, and will always be absolutely fascinating and this film capitalises on that. Adding to the intrigue is some otherworldly creatures in the basement that Price feeds young women to, and a village full of deformed residents! Lovecraft's Necronomicon joins the party as well...

I don't know how much American International paid Vincent Price for making this and other Corman films, but whatever it was, it wasn't enough. Price holds the viewer's attention like no other actor has ever, and probably will ever do again. He handles his dual role fantastically, and switches between the darkly macabre and an innocent naivety at the drop of a hat. Also joining in the fun is fellow horror legend, Lon Chaney; who puts in a delightful performance and provides most of the scares! Corman does an absolutely fantastic job of building atmosphere in this movie, and the village of Arkham is constantly foreboding and intriguing. The use of smoke is right on cue; as is the music, which is massively over the top; but very, very effective. The problem with many horror films is that in spite of being excellent, they're often not very frightening; but there's one sequence in this film that sees a bunch of deformed villagers surround Price and his wife that is positively nightmare inducing! I have nothing but respect and admiration for this picture as it is an immense achievement in Corman's Poe cycle, and don't let the fact that it's not a Poe story put you off - if you're a fan of Price, Corman or just low budget atmospheric horror in general, see this film NOW!


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