Tales of Terror / Twice Told Tales (Midnite Movies Double Feature)
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Tales of Terror
This triple treat of terror is a three-episode treat dripping with murder, necrophilia, dementia, live burials, zombies and the terrifying performances of some of horrors greatest spooks Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone resulting in nothing less than "juicy entertainment" and "spine-chilling cinema" (Cue)!
Twice Told Tales
Its spine-tingling terror in triplicate! "Virtuoso of horror" (Los Angeles Times) Vincent Price dials up the depravity in this spellbinding trilogy of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "all-chiller" (LA Herald-Examiner) classics! Featuring "a demented genius! Poisonous plants! Oozing blood! [And] a corpse in a wedding gown" (The Film Daily), Twice Told Tales spins three diabolical nightmares of madness, mayhem and murder most foul!
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Twice Told tales is in the letterbox format but, in my opinion, is even more digitally enhanced with almost no film grain at all. It also has great saturated colour (I'd forgot how bright red the blood was in these old movies). Story wise, my opinion is that Tales of Terror is far more interesting and entertaining because it has the Roger Corman/Edgar Allen Poe touch, while Twice Told Tales was based on Hawthorne stories (never read any Hawthorne so don't know how close they were to the original stories, but read lots of Poe).Read more ›
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This double feature of Poe Tales are suited for these masters of fright and their wonderful acting talents.
Those fans of modern day splatter horror may not get these semi bloodless thriller. However these tales of mayhem may grow on you
Without a doubt, worth every penny to keep in any horror collection
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
The first story "Dr Heidegger's Experiment" is perhaps the best of the three - it centers around two old friends who suddenly find the source of life and youth dripping from the ceiling of a crypt. Before long, the two friends restore their youth and also bring a long-dead corpse back to life but discover that some things are best left as is. "Rappacini's Daughter" is the weakest of the three - Vincent Price stars as Dr Rappacini, whose possessiveness of his daughter goes to literally toxic lengths with predictably tragic consequences. The plot here was rather plodding and lacked credibility as the story felt rushed through.
Finally,in "The House of the Seven Gables", Gerald Pycheon (Price) returns to his cursed ancestral home much to the chagrin of his estranged sister and the horror of his wife, who feels a pull to the place. This story would have played out a lot better if it were not confined to the ridiculous length of abt 35 minutes [imagine an entire novel being shortened into a short story] and everything plays out so quickly and abruptly that the story ends up being more of a farce than true horror.
The "Tales of Terror" DVD features adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's stories, all of which are produced and directed by the talented Roger Corman. The first story "Morella" is about Lenora, a young girl (played by Debra Paget) who returns after many years to her ancestral home, only to find her estranged and almost deranged father (Price) stumbling about the house in a stupor, and horrors of horrors, still keeping the remains of his dead wife, Morella in one of the bedrooms. Not long after, Lenora is 'visited' by the vengeful spirit of Morella and all hell literally breaks loose. This first story is the shortest of the trio. The next story "The Black Cat" is actually a combination of Poe's "The Black Cat" and "The Cask of Amontillado" which brings together the dark and comic talents of both Price and Peter Lorre, and is quite entertaining (look out for the head tossing scene). Price especially plays his role to comic perfection. In the final story, "The Case of M. Valdemar," Basil Rathbone plays a mesmerist (hypnotist) who decides to experiment with the unknown, i.e. putting a man (Price) into a state of hypnosis at the point of death, with horrifying results.
All in all, I'd recommend this to fans of Vincent Price and classic horror with a high dose of Gothic suspense and atmosphere.
Tales of Terror, based on Edgar Allen Poe stories is particularly funny, giving Vincent Price a comedy to play with, Peter Lorre being especially creepy and deadly with the bricks, and deadpan acting by Basil Rathbone (my favorite actor in the Sherlock Holmes tales).
Twice Told Tales, directed by Sidney Salkow, has the scream queen in her heyday, Beverly Garland, along with Sebasian Cabot in a tale of love, sort of -- the raising of your dead wife may cause some nagging problems for your best friend, you know....
Both films using the gimmick of telling three anthologies so you essentially get six movies on one DVD. Priceless stuff.
Maybe not Vincent Price's finest, as in The Fly or House on Haunted Hill, but his wide range as an actor make these films especially creepy and entertaining.
Other Corman films:
Roger Corman Collection (Bloody Mama / A Bucket of Blood / The Trip / Premature Burial / The Young Racers / The Wild Angels / Gas-s-s / X)
Another Sidney Salkow film (he also did Westerns in the fifties):
The Last Man on Earth - In COLOR! Also Includes the Original Black-and-White Version which has been Beautifully Restored and Enhanced!
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