Tales of Terror

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Time Out says

For the fourth of his Poe films, Corman adopted a portmanteau front and introduced, into the second of his three stories, a vein of grisly black comedy that would reappear more successfully in the later The Raven. The first tale, Morella, has Price as a typically necrophile introvert mourning the death in childbirth of his mummified wife until his long banished daughter returns to the fold; in The Black Cat, Lorre dominates as the drunkard who reacts to Price's adulterous liaison with his wife by walling the couple up in his wine cellar; and in The Case of M Valdemar, a dead Price exacts revenge on the hypnotist who sent his soul to eternal limbo with a view to stealing his wife. Stylish and fun, but the short story format denies Corman the stately, melancholy pace that distinguished his best work in the cycle.
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Release details

UK release:

1961

Duration:

90 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Roger Corman

Cast:

Debra Paget, Basil Rathbone, Peter Lorre, Vincent Price, Joyce Jameson

Music:

Les Baxter

Production Designer:

Daniel Haller

Editor:

Anthony Carras

Cinematography:

Floyd Crosby

Screenwriter:

Richard Matheson

Producer:

Roger Corman

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