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Tales of Terror Blu Ray

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Tales of Terror is a trio of Edgar Allen Poe stories, starring three of horror's greats--Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone and Peter Lorre--and produced and directed by the immortal Roger Corman. The first story, "Morella", involves a girl (Debra Paget) who returns to her isolated, spooky family home to see her estranged father (Price) for the first time in 26 years. He's let the housekeeping slide a bit--cobwebs abound and, oh, yes, his dead wife is still upstairs. Peter Lorre joins the fun for "The Black Cat", a piece with comic flavour that allows Price to show his rarely seen silly side, and then it's Basil Rathbone's turn to be creepy in "The Case of M Valdemar", the tale of a mesmerist who decides to experiment with the unknown (bad idea). The movie is well paced, and makes good use of comedy without undercutting its chills. It's a rare treat to see this many masters of the genre working together and so clearly enjoying themselves. --Ali Davis

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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play  A TRILOGY OF SHOCK AND TERROR! In his earlier Edgar Allan Poe films Roger Corman took short stories by the great Gothic master and expanded them into full-length features Here by contrast the stories stay short the only other thing they have in common being the participation of Vincent Price In Morella Price plays a tormented man forced to confront a dark family secret when his long-estranged daughter tracks him down In The Black Cat he s the rakish lover of the wife of Peter Lorre who naturally plots a deadly revenge And in the title role of The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar he tries to relieve chronic pain by asking Basil Rathbone to hypnotise him something that leaves poor Valdemar hovering on the border between the dead and the living Corman s previous Poe films were played completely straight and parts of Tales of Terror are as authentically creepy as any of them But he also stirred comedy into the Poe brew for the first time particularly in the scenes between Price and Lorre

Three separate films based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, with Vincent Price in the lead role. In 'Morella' he plays a hermit who raises his mummified wife from the dead. 'The Black Cat' sees him entombed alive behind a cellar wall, and he appears as an old man tortured for eternity in 'The Case of M. Valdemar'.

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