Twice-Told Tales

  • 1963
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Horror

After Price's success with his Edgar Allan Poe trilogy TALES OF HORROR, another film, this time based on Hawthorne stories, was immediately produced for United Artists. Though the stories take liberties with the source material, this trilogy is an interesting and well-made horror film. The first has Cabot discovering an elixir that keeps Price and himself...read more

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After Price's success with his Edgar Allan Poe trilogy TALES OF HORROR, another film, this time based on Hawthorne stories, was immediately produced for United Artists. Though the stories take liberties with the source material, this trilogy is an interesting and well-made horror film. The

first has Cabot discovering an elixir that keeps Price and himself young. It also revives the long-dead corpse of Cabot's fiancee, who reveals that Price killed her the night before the wedding in a fit of jealousy. Price completes the job by killing Cabot. The second story, "Rappaccini's

Daughter," has Price injecting his daughter with a serum which will cause everyone she touches to die. She falls in love with Halsey, a neighboring student, and Price tries to create an antidote. Halsey's science professor creates one himself, but this ends up killing the two lovers. Price is

horrified by what he's done and kills himself. Lastly, "The House of the Seven Gables" sends newlywed Price to the ancient family home in search of a fortune. There he confronts the ghost of a man his ancestors had killed for being a warlock. The man had also been the lover of one of Price's

wife's ancestors as well. Price kills his sister and dies in a treasure vault he had been in search of. The estate ends up in ruins and Garland, Price's widow, marries Denning, a descendant of the ghost. The story comes full circle in two ways. First, the ancestral love between Garland's ancestor

and the ghost is rekindled through their descendants. Secondly, Price now plays the role of the older gentleman. In the 1940 version of HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES, the much younger Price played the young descendant of the ghost. This well-told trilogy is great fun, particularly for fans of the

genre. Cinematic flair in the direction gives it the right ambience, and Price, as always, is a delight.

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