The Tell-Tale Heart (1953)

The Tell-Tale Heart





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Based upon the famous Edgar Allan Poe story, The Tell-Tale Heart is narrated in the first-person by James Mason, who starts out the story indignantly asking why one would call him mad. He then calmly and precisely relates the story of how he came to be obsessed with the Old Man who lived in the old house. Although the Old Man never harmed him nor did him wrong, he became tortured by his existence -- especially by his eye, the milky white film of which the Narrator soon imagined stared at him … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Animation, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Bill Scott, Fred Grable
In Theaters:
United Productions of America (UPA)


as Edgar Allan Poe

as Narrator

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A really good animated short, made in 1953, based on Edgar Allen Poe's short story of the same name. You should all know the story by now so I won't go over it again here. The animation was really good and captured the dark, paranoid tone of the story perfectly. Ditto for the narration. Yeah... Not much else to say about this one. Watch it, it's only 7.5 minutes long.

Ed Fucking Harris

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This short animated film based on the classic Edgar Allen Poe tale is a wonderful adaptation. It captures the feel of the short story perfectly, and it has that grim look you'd expect from a Poe story. James Mason's reading is also wonderful. If you are a fan of Poe or unique animation, definitely give this short a look.

Ken Scheck

Morbid & chaotic, the narrator sounds like he is on something... The animation, while dark & one would assume fitting for the storyline, is perhaps the worst part. It doesn't do the characters or the story any justice to look so lame.

Still, it is Edgar Allen Poe & one of his greatest works of horror! It is also interesting to note that this was, supposedly, rated X in Great Britain when it was initially released in 1953.

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