The Haunted Palace Reviews
September 1, 2014
Although released as part of Director Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe cycle of films this film was actually from an H.P. Lovecraft novella. its only connection to Poe is the title. This is a very good film, filled with atmosphere, bloody deaths, and classic Gothic horror. The script by Charles Beaumont, who wrote many episodes of The Twilight Zone, is intelligent and unsettling. Corman's direction is stylish as always; the make-up effects, showing the cursed, deformed villagers, is effective. An eerie atmosphere presides over everything and memorably macabre moments are laced throughout, such as the scene where Vincent Price and his wife, played by Debra Paget, are slowly surrounded by the deformed townsfolk - revealing the terrible fate that Price's ancestor condemned them to. There is a bizarre dream sequence that features villagers with misshapen faces, some with only one eye that stands out.
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.
August 25, 2014
The ending was disappointing,
June 2, 2014
Can't exactly say why, but I could watch Vincent Price's Corman movies and nothing else and be happy. The color, music score, creepy makeup ... and Price ... THE BEST!
May 26, 2014
Good Old School Vincent Price....
May 23, 2014
Roger Corman directed version of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward." Though the film was part of Corman's Poe cycle of films, and a Poe poem is partially credited with Lovecraft as the screenplay being based upon, the story is almost entirely from the Lovecraft tale. Frequent "Twilight Zone" scribe Charles Beaumont wrote the screenplay about a decedent of a notorious family returning to their abandoned mansion only to find suspicious and mutated townsfolk. It's not as dark as Lovecraft's story, but it's still probably the best Lovecraft adaptation until Stuart Gorndon came along. Francis Ford Coppola actually did uncredited additional dialogue on the film. There's a solid cast, including Poe/Corman regular Vincent Price and also Lon Chaney Jr. and Elisha Cook Jr. It's not a classic, but it's pretty darn entertaining.
January 19, 2014
Another enjoyable Corman/Price collaboration.
December 28, 2013
Another masterpiece of the genre between three greats: Poe, Price and Corman, The Haunted Palace is perhaps the most atmospheric of the American International Pictures' Poe film releases. It shows Vincent Price in great form, playing dual characters, and features a lot of spooky visual settings, which are much darker than usual. It should come as no surprise as the story concerns a warlock (Price) who is burned to death by a town mob in the 1700's. Before his death, he places a curse on the villagers, which causes their latter offspring to be born with birth defects. His great, great grandson (also Price) in the 1800's inherits the home of his satanic dead relative, only to be taken possession of by him and get up to his old devilish tricks again. The best thing about the film is the score, which is quite fantastic, and probably the best score of the Poe films. As mentioned the atmosphere is also great, but the story and the pace are a bit lax. It's still a terrific film. Maybe not the best, but definitely worth the time if you're a fan.
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.
November 3, 2013
I love this Vincent Price piece.
August 18, 2013
Oft-considered as part of the Corman-Poe cycle of films made for American International, the plot here is actually derived from a novella by H.P. Lovecraft. Vincent Price gets to act his beard off, playing two roles: Charles Dexter Ward (nice Vincent) and the ancestor whose evil spirit he becomes possessed by, Joseph Curwen, who was burned as a warlock 110 years previously (utter bastard Vincent). A gothic horror High Plains Drifter with a neat ending.
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.
September 6, 2012
The 6th Edgar Allen Poe film adaptation by Roger Corman, after House of Usher (1960), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Premature Burial (1962), Tales of Terror (1962) and The Raven (1963). Although partially based on H.P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, this is a dark and creepy horror which gives it's star a chance to ham it up once again. But, you wouldn't expect anything less from him, even on the cheap, Corman is able to be quite inventive with the production. In 1765, Joseph Curwen (Vincent Price) has been suspected of using witchcraft, and he is burnt alive, but not before he curses the town of Arkham. 110 years later, Curwen's great-great-grandson Charles Dexter Ward (Price again) and his wife Anne (Debra Paget) to inherit Joseph's home, but the townspeople are cold towards them, yet caretaker Simon Orne (Lon Chaney, Jr.) has kept the place well, and Charles feels like he knows the place, maybe a little too well, and he becomes obsessed with a painting of Joseph on the wall. He has mood swings and he starts to take on the personality of Joseph, and begins to continue Joseph's work. It's the same old same old, but it's well made and it is quite dark with a few good shocks, Price is his usual self, chewing the scenery and having it for dinner, but he manages to do well in a dual part, and it's good to see movie monster Chaney as the caretaker, plus knowing Corman, he reuses shots from previous films. But, it works.
April 19, 2012
Doesn't seem interesting.
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.
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.
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."
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.
May 22, 2009
1 of my fav horrors with the master vincent price at work.how horrors shd be made ... classic
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.