The Haunted Palace (1963)
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as Charles Dexter Ward
as Ann Ward
as Simon Orne
as Simon Orne
as Dr. Marinus Willet
as Edgar Weeden
as Peter Smith
as Jacob West
as Jabez Hutchinson
as Hester Tillinghast
as Boat Captain
as Young Woman Victim
as Mrs. Weeden
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.
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.
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.
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