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 hypnotised at the moment of death, with unexpected consequences.
Maggie Pierce....Lenora Locke (segment "Morella")
Leona Gage....Morella Locke (segment "Morella")
Edmund Cobb....Driver (segment "Morella")
Peter Lorre....Montresor Herringbone (segment "The Black Cat")
Joyce Jameson....Annabel Herringbone (segment "The Black Cat")
John Hackett....Policeman (segment "The Black Cat")
Lennie Weinrib....Policeman (segment "The Black Cat")
A Corman movie that doesn't totally suck is a rare sight indeed... but this one is certainly not bad! Not bad at all to be fair...
"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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