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November 3, 2013
I love this Vincent Price piece.
½ October 15, 2013
A delightful turn by Vincent Price possessed by the spirit of his warlock great grandfather to continue his great work (helping a demon rape the town beauties to breed a new race of mutant super beings) and exact revenge on the descendants of the townsfolk who
burned him alive. Pity his poor suffering wife.
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.
½ 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.
March 10, 2013
Here we have a greatly atmospheric and awesomely eerie piece of Poe vomited onto film. It captures the vibe of old gothic horror flicks, such as the early Universal monster outings, so well. Price and the rest of the players are spot on. I don't know how it will rank on re-watchability, but the first viewing was a solid good time.
½ 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.
August 15, 2011
bÅ,yski i grzmoty tÅ,em caÅ,ego filmu, a za oknem mega burza - ale klimat!
June 27, 2011
The locations and sets are atmospheric, the score is dark and grandiose, and Price is at his menacing best, but in addition to selling his character's madness, he also brings a surprising amount of pathos and sympathy to the proceedings. One of director Corman's better films, this is an effective, creepy little movie.
½ March 2, 2011
PomysÅ, na ekranizacjÄ(TM) Przypadku Charlesa Dextera Warda - 1 punkt
Vincent Price w roli gÅ,ównej - 1 punkt
Lon Chaney w roli drugoplanowej - 1 punkt
PiÄ(TM)kna Debra Paget - 1 punkt
Dekolt kochanki Vincenta Price'a - 3 punkty.
Ocena koÅcowa: 7/10 Gratulujemy, panie Corman.
Super Reviewer
November 24, 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.
½ 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.
½ 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
July 3, 2010
Another decent Corman/Price collaboration and its great to see Lon Chaney Jr. get some screentime with the great Vincent Price,the story is very simple-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.The foggy atmosphere helps with the eeerieness and its a great adaptation of H.P Lovecraft's story.
May 28, 2010
Vincent price turns in a fine performance in this decent if little cliched horror.
½ February 24, 2010
Another Roger Corman-Vincent Price combination, and another good one. Not as good as Tales of Terror, but quite entertaining nonetheless.

Good direction by Corman. Plot can be a bit contrived at times (note: not based on an Edgar Allan Poe book, but an HP Lovecraft book). Vincent Price gives his usual perfectly commanding yet chilling performance.
½ 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.
November 12, 2009
1 of my fav horrors with the master vincent price at horrors shd be made ... classic
½ November 9, 2009
Well made not so much Poe adaption, wonderful vehicle for Price. Price is probably the best horror actor of all time, in thus film he is never really scary, but fits the mood perfectly with humor. One of the better Corman films with nice set designs and beautiful actresses.
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