The Comedy of Terrors (1963) - Comedy, Horror

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Dishonest undertaker Waldo Trumbull and his sidekick Felix Gillie are creating their own customers when they cannot find willing ones.

IMDB: 6.7
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre
Length: 84 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 11 out of 69 found boring (15.94%)

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Although the scenes are short, and the editing is kind of fast-paced, but the bore is dominant; since there is a whole lot of nothing going on from start to finish.

Eager to re-team their 'triumverate of terror' following the unexpected commercial success of THE RAVEN (1963), AIP assembled Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff for this second helping of macabre black comedy, adding Rathbone to an already potent brew and hiring much of the same production personnel, including cinematographer Floyd Crosby and set designer Daniel Haller (later a director in his own right).

Boris Karloff steals every scene he is in, and basically steals the movie itself with his rambling, disjointed eulogy for the guy whose name he can't remember.

And if business is slow, Price isn't above a little murder.

No, he's bringing to life a hateful character in a disjointed way.

It is a funny little movie, and well worth watching.

The plot has potential, but the script is laboured and painfully drawn-out with the odd memorable moment.

Unfortunately what you get instead is a terrible story featuring four bored and uninspired actors who trudge slowly from unfunny scene to unfunny scene.

They run a funeral parlor and when business is slow, they have a macabre way of creating business.

However, the only reason work is slow is because people aren't dying.

Hardly a Vincent Price classic movie, but still entertaining enough for what it turned out to be.

The basic premise and at least the first half hour or so are extremely entertaining; with the introduction of the awesome main characters as well as some sublime supportive ones, like Basil Rathbone as the virulent landlord.

Of course, anything with Price is worth watching though.

Far from being a great movie, but quite enjoyable for the "farce" that it is.

) The basic plot, about an undertaker who commits murders when business is slow, could easily be used for a horror film.

Their elegantly Gothic Edgar Allen Poe adaptations can stand proudly beside any of Hollywood's lavishly pretentious costumers.

To be far though I think Price was a highly entertaining performer and his interviews are fascinating to watch.

S: During the end credits, the camera follows that slow-moving cat while it goes nowhere.

Much less entertaining or imaginative than Corman's previous Poe outing ('The Raven' 1963), 'The Comedy of Terrors' is a straight-out comedy, with slapstick moments including sped-up sequences (perhaps to mask the aging and slow-moving stars), silly sound effects (tires squealing as the carriage careens to a stop), and (deliberately) hammy over-acting (especially by Rathbone).

The only real negatives I can think of is Joyce Jameson's annoying singing, even though I know it was done on purpose, but it got tedious, as did Basil Rathbone's routine of rising from the dead.

I discovered this movie on the late show when I was a teenager, and I dragged my older brother out of bed so that he wouldn't miss it.

However, it turned out to be pointless, and something truly bland to begin with (why didn't they rob the guy after killing him?!?!

Yep, this is one of the best and most entertaining horror comedies I've ever seen.

We enjoyed it as kids, and now we can enjoy it over and over again.

the movie did still entertaining enough.

Admittedly, he can serve up a fair excuse in that the script hands him such a large proportion of the dialogue, he's forced to over-act to save us from boredom.

Enjoyable Comedy .

" - this is all about mood and setting and slow burns and good actors playing bad people.

It's based on one dull joke, which had been used, and overused, till triteness itself got a headache.

"The Comedy Of Terrors" is a hilarious and immensely enjoyable film that no lover of Classic Gothic fun can afford to miss!

Though Tourneur's direction is a bit sluggish and the pace of the comedy a tad slow by contemporary standards, the film nonetheless has a nice feel to it.

I say how much you will enjoy this movie depends on what kind of mood you are in, because even though I have only seen it once, and I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would, I think if I had been in a more "fun" mood I could have enjoyed it more.