The Haunted Palace (1963)
Based on the work on celebrated novelist H.P. Lovecraft, this film showcases Vincent Price, playing dual roles as both a warlock burnt in 1765 and his descendant, who arrives to take up residence at the family estate generations later. Seeking vengeance from the beyond, the sorcerer takes possession of his great-great grandson and so begins a nightmare not only for the village itself, but for the man's bride who cannot understand the change in her husband's personality.
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Critic Reviews for The Haunted Palace
Slack storytelling and an unsatisfying ending make this the weakest picture in the Poe-Corman-Price series.
Though a fine movie in its own right, The Haunted Palace feels a bit too familiar for its own good at times.
The apex of Corman's skill for reworking AIP's standing Gothic sets to get the maximum possible bang for his buck.
Corman's widescreen framing, the blazing Technicolor photography, and the effectively maximized production values created a convincing, if twisted, world.
Audience Reviews for The Haunted Palace
The more times I watch this movie, the more I like it. There are some great actors in this movie, and the story is really cool, it's based on a Lovecraft story, and it's great. This is another of my favourite Corman movies with Price, he gives a great performance. I highly recommend this movie.More
When the great-grandson of a warlock (Vincent Price, in both roles) inherits a crumbling palace in Arkham, Massachusetts, bad things are sure to follow for local villagers whose ancestors burnt the magician at the stake. A fun, eerie and artificial atmosphere and a good performance by Price, but like most Roger Corman-directed products of the era it has poor effects and drags at times. From a story by H.P. Lovecraft.More
Another great Vincemt Price Horror Ole School Video. As Most of his others its outstanding. Glad he wasn't my creepy Grandpa. Add to your collection, you will be happy.More
Marvelous exercise in Grand Guignol, great sets, spooky atmosphere, fine screenplay by scenarist Charles Beaumont based on H.P. Lovecraft's The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and a splendid two-tiered performance by Vincent Price.More
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