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It doesn't get much better than this! Roger Corman directs Edgar Allen Poe & Nathaniel Hawthorne stories with Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, and Sebastian Cabot staring. This is quality rarely, if ever, seen coming out of hollywood these days. The actors actually act and the dialogue shows talent beyond today's' stars abilities. No CGI here! Real special effects that have nothing to do with buying an updated software program. Drama, horror, love, death, fear, betrayal... without profanity or needless gore. Well worth the 3-1/2 hours of six different stories.
Twice Told Tales is a disappointing film. It is about stories of murder, ghosts, romance and strange magical potions. Vincent Price and Sebastian Cabot give terrible performances. The screenplay is badly written. Sidney Salkow did a horrible job directing this movie. I was not impressed with this motion picture.
While the scares are lost today, this suspenseful trilogy based on Hawthorne stories is still interesting, particularly for Vincent Price fans.
Twice Told Tales certainly benefits from having Vincent Price throughout the three tales, but the tropes are familiar and the production is a bit too run of the mill to be an essential watch. Even at its worse it's still an entertaining anthology film. 3 1/2 stars
At least the actors seem to be enjoying themselves during this film, enough to make it interesting.
Poorly produced. The art direction is phony looking and obviously a set, the lighting is poor, the score is overbearing and the cinematography is only fair. The special effects are rather crude, even for 1963. It is overacted by just about everyone, and Vincent Price is like a drag queen gone bad. It does manage to create some suspense, and there are a few creepy scenes, but not enough to hold your interest for two hours.
Vincent Price is featured in three different stories by author Nathaniel Hawthorne. The first two are decent, but I didn't like the last one.
Vincent Price in three Nathaniel Hawthorne stories: a doctor discovers the secret of youth (and more); a student falls in love with a girl who literally kills anything she touches; a cursed man tempts fate by trying to take back an ancestral treasure from a ghost. Interesting tales, though the first two are a bit stagey and more science fiction than horror.
this was pretty good! I liked the first story the best. Vincent Price is the shit!
Another triple play of Poe/Price, like Tales of Terror, but without Corman, and not quite as good. The stories are a bit too nice... a bit melodramatic and drawn out. The tales are Heidegger's Experiment, Rappaccini's Daughter and The House of Seven Gables, and the stories are really the stars. Heidegger's explores that nugget of eternal life, Rappaccini's is about the relationship of poison and purity and Seven Gables is a twisted ghost/blood feud with lots and lots of blood. All three are certainly unusual topics, but I'd say Heidegger's and Rappacini's were my favourite. Again, the sets and design were fantastic, if limited in scope and the actresses beautiful (especially Garland and Taylor). The attention to detail is remarkable. Still, it's something only a Price/Poe fan will love, which is fine by me.