Thursday, October 31, 2013

Vincent Price, meet Edgar Allan Poe

Vincent Price, working with director Roger Corman, made several movies based on works by Edgar Allan Poe. TCM is showing four of them this Halloween, along with two other Vincent Price horror films.

First up, at 8:00 PM is The Pit and the Pendulum, which I think is the only one of the four that I've actually seen before. Price plays Nicholas Medina, the son of a Spanish inquisitor living in one of those oversized castle-type buildings who ets a visit from his brother-in-law Francis (John Kerr). Francis is looking for information on what happened to his sister, although he's not going to be pleased when he finally finds out. There are some nice visuals here, especially of the title pit and pendulum.

The other three Poe stories are:
The Haunted Palace at 9:30 PM;
The Masque of the Red Death at 11:15 PM; and
The Tomb of Ligeia early tomorrow morning at 5:00 AM.

In between you can catch Nathaniel Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales at 2:45 AM. I don't think I've seen this one either, but I recall the short story "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" from a junior high school English class ages ago.

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