The Tell-Tale Heart/The Oval Portrait [DVD]

This two-pack features a pair of very different Edgar Allen Poe adaptations. It begins with The Tell-Tale Heart (1960), a feature-length British horror film directed by Ernest Morris, with a cast that includes Adrienne Corri and Laurence Payne. Next up is a 1997 short film adaptation of The Oval Portrait, helmed by Phillip Boland, about a Civil War-era artist who grows obsessed with the subject of a portrait and ultimately causes the death of the subject - thereby laying the foundation for a curse that lasts centuries.
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The Tell-Tale Heart
Horror tale inspired by the classic Edgar Allan Poe story, in which a writer fantasizes murdering his friend over a beautiful woman, and then hearing the dead man's heart continuing to beat. (Alternate title: The Hidden Room Of 1,000 Horrors) ~ Nicole Gagne, Rovi

Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
This low-budget Mexican production (originally produced for television) is a tepid but fairly accurate adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's tale, set during the Civil War. The story involves a young woman haunted by the vengeful spirit of a young bride, whose soul had been trapped for decades within the woman's portrait (painted by her insane husband). The occasionally rich period atmosphere is flattened almost completely by sluggish pacing, badly-dubbed (and equally dull) dialogue, and an insolvent ending which may lead the viewer to believe the filmmakers have lost a few pages of Poe's original text. The entire affair plays like one of Roger Corman's Poe adaptations -- albeit staged without humor, style or verve. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Graham Ashley - Neston
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    Yvonne Buckingham - Mina
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    Annette Carell - Carl's Landlady
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    Brian Cobby - Young Man
  • Adrienne Corri
    Adrienne Corri - Betty Clare

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