Tales of Terror (1962) - Comedy, Horror, Mystery

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Three tales of terror involve a grieving widower and the daughter he abandoned; a drunkard and his wife's black cat; and a hypnotist who prolongs the moment of a man's death.

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Vincent Price, Maggie Pierce
Length: 89 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 7 out of 66 found boring (10.6%)

One-line Reviews (43)

Slow moving and lacks any genuine chills....

Special effects both in voice and appearance make the drawn out decline of Valdemar's corpse a genuine treat.

An enjoyable trip that arrives with few reservations .

" Definitely worth watching and is a great film to introduce younger audiences to possible interpretations of Poe as well as Price, Lorre, and Corman.

Great acting and a combination of dark humor and horror make this film enjoyable.

I found it very entertaining, especially Price's wine tasting.

I think this film is very underapreciated, but as I watched it for the fourth time last night i really enjoyed it.

It has some agreeable humor, especially in its wine tasting scenes, and has some evocative nineteenth century street and tavern sets.

It's certainly the most interesting story from a psychological perspective, but Corman side-steps Poe's deeper themes for a more formulaic horror approach.

The first story-"Morella" is rather creepy,albeit a little bit predictable,the second one-"The Black Cat" is my favourite-filled with black humour,and Peter Lorre is just amazing in the main role!

The first one, about a dying daughter finally facing her father trying to get answers from him, while meanwhile, her dead Mom has some ideas of her own, is by far the weakest, with a boring plot marring it every step of the way.

Worth watching if you enjoy the classic horror movies.

I watched this Corman Poe anthology over the weekend, and really enjoyed it.

A very stylish fable with stunning photography and wonderful settings.

Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone all shine in this hugely enjoyable Edgar Allan Poe horror anthology treat .

With an excellent score from Les Baxter, this horror trilogy of shot stories still packs an entertaining punch.

Nevertheless, each story is highly enjoyable, atmospheric and yes, even scary.

In Black Sabbath I found the first story enjoyable, the second and longest the least interesting and the last one the best.

By the time the incredibly prolific Roger Corman came round to making his fourth entry in the now-dubbed Corman-Poe cycle, it seemed that the count-the-coppers director was getting a bit bored with Edgar Allen Poe.

This easily could've been dragged out a little more and put into a feature-length rather than being in an anthology, but otherwise, this one's quite entertaining.

But, the segment starring Basil Rathbone and Vincent Price was exciting and the only negative was the gross and silly melting special effect.

After the admittedly pointless narration we kick off with 'Morella' with Price.

his horror trilogy of shot stories still packs an entertaining punch.

In spite of that detail being omitted, it is truly suspenseful and ends deliciously horrifically.

Thrilling, fun, and in even funny (in the second story), this is what horror movies should be like.

I adored the old creaking mansion set on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea, the haunted house look with lush period interior decorations (whatever period it was).

DEBRA PAGET is absolutely stunning as his wife, easily one of the most beautiful faces ever to grace the screen.

A quite enjoyable film, in three sections .

So to add to the summary: Slow moving and lacks any genuine chills...

I watched it with my 11-year-old son, and he enjoyed it as well.

The Black Cat, on the other hand, is a very enjoyable tale.

First and most spooky yarn, "Morella" - Young Lenora (the lovely Maggie Pierce) visits her estranged alcoholic father Locke (a superbly anguished Price) in his crumbling mansion and attempts to reconcile with him, which in turn incurs the deadly wrath of the vengeful spirit of her long deceased mother Morella (the stunning Leona Gage).

Generally, the film is entertaining despite the pacing problems and intermittent moments of overabundant camp humour.

Valdemaar (Price), who is dying a slow death from a painful disease, has hypnotist Carmichael (Basil Rathbone) put him under trance in order to ease his pains.

As scripted by Richard Matheson, these aren't necessarily very faithful adaptations, but expand on the stories in generally entertaining ways.

This immensely entertaining vintage 60's American International Pictures horror anthology treat based on a trio of delectably macabre Edgar Allan Poe short stories features Vincent Price in peak form in all three episodes.

Anyway, the trilogy is worth watching if you're a Price or Poe fan.

, the person being in this case the stunning Ms. Jameson.

But the story is all over the place and doesn't make that much sense, Leona Gage is bland in the title role and the segment is much too rushed so we don't feel much of the atmosphere.

'Tales of Terror' still manages to elicit some fairly suspenseful moments and captures Poe's stories quite well.

While not a major classic, it's enjoyable, with the charisma of the old cult film stars (Price, Lorre and Rathbone) one of the best elements.

Perfect pacing in all three, gradually building up to the gripping finale.

And the exchanges with Lorre are among the most entertaining.