Tales of Terror (1962)

ROGER CORMAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1962.  Screenplay by , based on stories by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Highly entertaining triple dose of Edgar Allan Poe stories, all starring at the top of his game.  The first, Morella, is about a young woman who returns to her father’s castle more than two decades after he sent her away, and finds him and his house in ruins and the ghost of her mother still haunting the estate and his mind.  The second, the oft-filmed The Black Cat, is about a drunkard (a spirited ) who grows jealous of his wife’s romance with an Italian wine taster and thinks he can easily get away with the diabolical plans he has in store for them.  The conclusion is The Case of M. Valdemar, about a dying man who believes that hypnosis will help ease his pain before death but, unaware that his doctor (a fine ) is a villain, ends up a living soul in a lifeless body.  I don’t know if this film was ever scary even back when it first came out, but it is a treat to watch and is gorgeously costumed and decorated.

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