The Haunted Palace (1964) (1/4)

Haunted Palace, The

The Haunted Palace is a witches' brew of stories written by Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft--with the fine hand of sinister scenarist Charles Beaumont stirring the pot. Vincent Price plays two roles this time: A New England doctor burned as a sorcerer in 1745, and the dead man's great-grandson of 1855. Arriving in the village where his grandfather was killed, Price and his bride Debra Paget are shunned by the community. They are told that the mutant progeny of the "sorcerer's evil experiments are still roaming the countryside--with hulking manservant Lon Chaney Jr. a good example of these monstrosities. The longer he stays in the family mansion, the more Price is taken over by the spirit of his ancestor. The result: The possessed Price, together with Chaney and a warlock assistant, set about to create a mutant race to overtake the world. Concluding with the near-sacrifice of bride Debra Paget and the torching of the mansion, The Haunted Palace is a marvelous--and economically produced--exercise in Grand Guignol. -- Hal Erickson

Directed by: Roger Corman
The cast includes: Vincent Price (Charles Dexter Ward (Joseph Curwen)), Debra Paget (Ann Ward), Frank Maxwell (Ian Willet/Dr. Willet), Lon Chaney Jr. (Simon Orne)
MPAA rating: , Running time: 87 minutes
Presented in: Color
Related titles: House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Related categories: Horror

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