• Unrated, 1 hr. 27 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Roger Corman
    In Theaters:
    Aug 28, 1963 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 7, 2000

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The Haunted Palace Reviews

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AJ V

Super Reviewer

September 5, 2010
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.
366weirdmovies
366weirdmovies

Super Reviewer

November 1, 2008
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.
bbcfloridabound
bbcfloridabound

Super Reviewer

August 23, 2008
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.
hawkledge
hawkledge

Super Reviewer

April 30, 2009
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.
May 24, 2007
a roger corman film starring vincent price based on a poem by edgar allen poe and a short story by h. p. lovecraft. that says it all.
January 19, 2014
Another enjoyable Corman/Price collaboration.
November 18, 2013
Actually a retelling of a Lovecraft story (and not Poe as advertised), Roger Corman's next collaboration with Vincent Price sees the latter becoming possessed by his own great-grandfather (who was trying to mate humans with Cthulu or some such horrifying thing and got burned at the stake). Although rather glorious in its gothic design and creepy in its depicition of mutants, the film is all build build build and no real pay-off. The Lovecraft elder god is viewed murkily through some water. Nevertheless, the world of the movie or at least of the Haunted Palace is a relentlessly spooky one that might bear repeat visits.
August 3, 2013
Lovecraft, Poe, Price, Chaney, Corman - A heady mix and one of Roger Corman's best kept secrets. Oozing style and atmosphere and with Vincent Price at the top of his game and the legendary Lon Chaney nearing the end of his. Incredible.
March 19, 2013
It's kind of crazy to make a movie centered around a short poem, but it pretty cool. The literary interpretation of losing one self or mind is there, and the Lovecraft mixture with Poe is interesting. It probably accounts for the necromancy. Overall well done for a b movie enthusiast, but if you're a literature major it may drive you crazy.
Umelbumel
November 8, 2010
Die Folterkammer des Hexenjägers:
Selten dämlicher Titel, saucooler Film! Hier stimmt beinahe alles; Die Atmosphäre ist gelungen, die Kameraführung und die Bilder sind wunderschön mit anzusehen, die Filmmusik ist klasse und trägt wesentlich zur Spannung mit bei und Vincent Price ist in einer seiner besten Rollen zu sehen. Selbst das Ende hat der Film relativ gut hinbekommen, Horrorfilme (ja, auch damals schon) haben ja schon immer zu eher schwächeren Enden geneigt, hier geht es aber in Ordnung. Ich behaupte einfach mal, dass The haunted palace (sehr viel besser als der deutsche Titel) nicht nur Poe und Lovecraft Fans zu gefallen versteht.
3,5/5
KevinRobbins
November 3, 2010
They are stupid to the marrow in their bones

A castle on the hill named Arkham has been cursed for over 120 years after the count of the household was murdered by the local villagers. A young couple inherits the house and intends to move into the estate. The village tries to warn them about the castle but they do not take the villager's advise. Shortly after moving into the house it becomes apparent the estate is haunted. When the man of the house is consumed by the former count, the life of his wife is at stake.

"Forget you ever heard about Arkham."

Roger Corman, director of Deathsport, Battle Beyond the Stars, Frankenstein Unbound, Bloody Mama, A Time for Killing, The St. Valentine's Day Killings, The Wild Angels, The Tomb of Ligeia, The Masque of the Red Death, The Secret Invasion, The Terror, and The Raven, delivers The Haunted Palace. The storyline for this picture was derived from an Edgar Allen Poe poem. The plot was delivered and executed perfectly and the acting was remarkable. The cast includes Vincent Price, Debra Paget, and Lon Chaney Jr.

"All the others were useless. You would not accept."

The Haunted Palace was one of numerous Vincent Price films I DVR'd during an MGM marathon this past Halloween season. This movie was very well delivered and on par with The Terror and The Raven (which were also Price and Corman collaborations from Poe poems). This is a classic horror movie delivered in a beautiful old school format. I recommend seeing this film if you are a fan of the genre.

"It knows who has come back to Arkham."

Grade: B
Michael T.
November 14, 2009
I was glad to see that Lovecraft was not completely disrespected in this film, although I'm sure he did at least one spin in the ol' coffin for this little gem. It got a little slow in the middle, but overall, it was pretty good for the time period in which it was made.
jazza923
March 24, 2007
I never did like the Hammer horror films. I always found the productions cheesy and absolutely no regard for period detail. The women's hairstyles are from the year it was made rather than from the year it takes place. This film is no exception.
Nasholi
September 16, 2005
Según cuenta la historia, Roger Corman quería darle un descanso a Poe, al que estaba exprimiendo sin compasión. Sin embargo, como lo suyo (y lo de Vincent Price) era el terror, y para aprovechar diseños y decorados, optó por adaptar un relato de H.P. Lovecraft, en concreto [i]El extraño caso de Charles Dexter Ward[/i]. Así lo hizo. Desafortunadamente, los de la productora AIP sabían que la fórmula Corman-Poe daba buenos resultados comerciales, así que le pusieron al filme el título de un poema de Poe, colaron una voz en off de Price leyendo fragmentos del mismo, y así nació [i]El palacio de los espíritus[/i].

LADO BUENO: El reparto está estupendo, de los mejores de la serie: Price, Debra Paget, Lon Chaney Jr. y el gran Elisha Cook (que salía en [i]Atraco perfecto[/i] de Kubrick), entre otros. La música, desaforada y memorable como pocas, casa perfectamente con la historia. El guión adapta a Lovecraft con bastante fidelidad, Necronomicón incluido. Los decorados, como siempre, fantásticos.

LADO MALO: Aparte de que uno se cansa un poco de ver mansiones ardiendo en la serie Corman-Poe, hay que decir que la película va de menos a más, lo que le resta mucha fuerza. Las prometedoras escenas en el pueblo de Arkham conducen a un final un poco decepcionante, sobre todo cuando Corman nos permite mirar en el pozo donde mora el horror. Mala jugada, Roger.

EN TRES (3) PALABRAS: Promete pero decae.
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