CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

Rondo Hatton Watch "Tales of Terror"

Vincent Price stars in all three "Tales of Terror."
Given that Edgar Allan Poe wrote mostly short stories, these three films feel closer to the writer's intent.

seems to repeat the actions of "House of Usher," complete with the obligitory fire sequence that would reapear in "The Tomb of Ligeia."

"The Black Cat"
is the best of the three tales. Mixing elements of "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Black Cat" features an actor's duel between fobbish Vincent Price and grubby Peter Lorre over a wine tasting contest. The episode mixes humor with horror and a does of sadism.

"The Case of M. Valdermar"
deals with a dying man and the people who manipulate the situation. After being drown by Basil Rathbone in "Tower of London," Vincent Price gets his comeuppance after nearly 30 years. Gross finale, perhaps the only way to end Edgar Allen Poe's "Tales of Terror."
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