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The Haunted Palace/Tower of London [DVD]
  • SKU: 5692057
  • Release Date: 08/26/2003
  • Rating: NR
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Special Features

  • Side A: "A Change of Poe" interview with Roger Corman, original theatrical trailer, English mono, English, French, and Spanish language subtitles
  • Side B:"Producing Tower of London" interview with Gene Corman, English mono, English, French, and Spanish language subtitles
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Tower of London
Roger Corman's stripped-down remake of Universal's 1939 period classic elevates that film's supporting player Vincent Price to the starring role, essayed in the original by Basil Rathbone. Price chews scenery as hunchbacked mad monarch Richard III, who ascends the throne through murder (including the Duke of Clarence's wine-vat drowning), torture (lovely Sandra Knight gains a few inches on the rack), and elaborate deception. Bloody events and plot twists notwithstanding, this low-budget outing is painfully threadbare for a period piece, even in comparison to Corman's Edgar Allan Poe films for AIP from the same period. The film's saving grace is found in Price's manic performance, which ranks among the horror legend's most flamboyant. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

The Haunted Palace
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Vincent Price
    Vincent Price - Richard of Gloucester
  • Michael Pate
    Michael Pate - Sir Ratcliffe
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    Eugenio Martín - Edward V
  • Joan Camden
    Joan Camden - Anne
  • Richard Hale
    Richard Hale - Tyrus

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