Tales of Terror Blu-RayReleased In : United Kingdom
In his earlier Edgar Allan Poe films, Roger Corman took short stories by the great Gothic master and expanded them into full-length features. Here, by contrast, the stories stay short, the only other thing they have in common being the participation of Vincent Price.
In 'Morella', Price plays a tormented man forced to confront a dark family secret when his long-estranged daughter tracks him down. In 'The Black Cat', he's the rakish lover of the wife of Peter Lorre, who naturally plots a deadly revenge. And in the title role of 'The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar', he tries to relieve chronic pain by asking Basil Rathbone to hypnotise him, something that leaves poor Valdemar hovering on the border between the dead and the living.
Corman's previous Poe films were played completely straight, and parts of Tales of Terror are as authentically creepy as any of them. But he also stirred comedy into the Poe brew for the first time, particularly in the scenes between Price and Lorre.
Actors: Vincent Price, Maggie Pierce, Leona Gage
Director: Roger Corman
Special Features: Optional isolated music and effects track, The Directors: Roger Corman, Kim Newman on Edgar Allen Poe, Cats in Horror Films, The Black Cat, Original Theatrical Trailer
Release Year: 1962
Label: Arrow Video
Region Coding: Region B
Subtitles: English SDH
Case Type: Blu-Ray Case
Run Time: 89 mins
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Video Format: PAL