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Twice-Told Tales (1963)

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Three horror stories based on the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the first story titled "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment", Heidegger attempts to restore the youth of himself, his fiancee ... See full summary »

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Sidney Salkow

Writers:

Nathaniel Hawthorne (based on the stories by), Robert E. Kent
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Alex Medbourne / Dr. Giacomo Rappaccini / Gerald Pyncheon
Sebastian Cabot ... Dr. Carl Heidigger
Brett Halsey ... Giovanni Guasconti
Beverly Garland ... Alice Pyncheon
Richard Denning ... Jonathan Maulle
Mari Blanchard ... Sylvia Ward
Abraham Sofaer ... Prof. Pietro Baglioni
Jacqueline deWit ... Hannah Pyncheon, Gerald's Sister (as Jacqueline de Wit)
Joyce Taylor ... Beatrice Rappaccini
Edith Evanson ... Lisabetta, the landlady
Floyd Simmons ... Ghost of Mathew Maulle
Gene Roth ... Cabman
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Three horror stories based on the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the first story titled "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment", Heidegger attempts to restore the youth of himself, his fiancee and his best friend. In "Rappaccini's Daughter", Vincent Price plays a demented father inoculating his daughter with poison so she may never leave her garden of poisonous plants. In the final story "The House of the Seven Gables", the Pyncheon family suffers from a hundred year old curse and the Pyncheon brother returns to his home to search for a hidden vault. Written by Dylan Conner, Donna Jolly

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A trio of terror!


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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Corpse-Makers See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Vincent Price portrayed the role of 'Clifford Pyncheon' in The House of the Seven Gables (1940). See more »

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Dr. Carl Heidegger is shown to be able to tell the mineral content of water just by looking at it under a microscope. In reality he would use chemical analysis and spectroscopy to determine such things. See more »

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Beatrice Rappaccini: Your daughter is a fine specimen, too, isn't she father? A specimen of the most deadly thing that was ever given life.
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Three Timeless Horror Tales with Vincent Price
2 November 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

"Twice-Told Tales" is a movie composed of three timeless shorts based on horror tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne with Vincent Price.

(1) "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment": In 1859, Alex Medbourne (Vincent Price) and Dr. Carl Heidigger (Sebastian Cabot) have been best friends for decades. Carl has been grieving the loss of his beloved bride Sylvia Ward (Mari Blanchard) for thirty-eight years, on the eve of their wedding, and misses her. In a stormy night, her crypt opens and Carl and Alex find her corpse preserved. Carl notes a drop of liquid on her coffin and he collects a sample. Carl discovers that the water is a virgin spring and he restores his and Alex's youths. Further, he resurrects Sylvia with the water and plans to immediately marry her. However, he discovers a dark secret about Alex and his beloved Sylvia.

This is a tragic and dramatic story about the dream of the fountain of youth and restoration of the eternal youth, obsession and betrayal, with great special effects for a 1963 movie.

(2) "Rappaccini's Daughter": In Padua, the young Giovanni Guasconti (Brett Halsey) meets the gorgeous Beatrice Rappaccini (Joyce Taylor) in the garden and they immediately fall in love for each other. However, Giovanni learns that Beatrice is cursed, poisoning everyone and everything that she touches with her hands. Further, she was inoculated with a potion of poisonous plants by her insane father, the brilliant scientist Dr. Giacomo Rappaccini (Vincent Price) that wants to avoid that she makes the same mistakes her mother did, abandoning him. Giovanni meets Dr. Giacomo and opens his heart about his love for Beatrice, and the scientist promises to let him be closed to Beatrice forever.

This is another tragic and dramatic story about impossible love and madness visibly inspired in "Romeo and Juliet".

(3) "The House of the Seven Gables": In 1841, Gerald Pyncheon (Vincent Price) arrives with his wife Alice Pyncheon (Beverly Garland) to The House of the Seven Gables, where Gerald's sister Hannah Pyncheon (Jacqueline deWit) lives. The Pyncheon family has been cursed for one hundred and fifty years, when the blacksmith Mathew Maulle (Floyd Simmons) was murdered and buried below the house. Gerald comes to the house to seek a vault with the family fortune, and Alice is haunted by ghosts in the moment that she arrives in the house.

This is another tragic story of greed, injustice and curse, with an ambitious man returning to the family house and awaking powerful forces from the past.

My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Nos Domínios do Terror" ("In the Domain of the Terror")

Note: On 12 April 2015, I saw this movie again.


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