The Haunted Palace Reviews
Vincent Price gives his usual great performance. He was at his best as we slowly see his mind and soul being assumed by his warlock ancestor. Debra Paget is both beautiful and formidable as Price's leading lady; unfortunately, this was her final feature film. The supporting cast was excellent and filled with great character actors, especially Lon Chaney Jr. as Price's henchman and, Frank Maxwell, Elisha Cook, Jr., Leo Gordon, John Dierkes as the villagers.
This film may not be at the top tier of the Corman/Price/Poe batch of films, but it's still highly watchable and eminently enjoyable.
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.
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."