The Haunted Palace (1963)

Posted: April 3, 2014 in Movie Review
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The Haunted Palace

Directed By: Roger Corman

Starring: Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Jr, Debra Paget, Cathie Merchant, Frank Maxwell, Guy Wilkerson

Synopsis: Charles Dexter Ward and his wife find more than they bargained for when they inherit the palatial estate of his great, great grandfather.

Thoughts: The Haunted Palace is one of AIPs and Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe offerings. The only problem is that the only thing Poe contributed to this story is the title. The actual storyline comes from another legendary horror author, H.P. Lovecraft.

If you are a fan of classic horror, it doesn’t take long before you are as happy as a kid in a candy store. Not only is Vincent Price in this movie, but the iconic Lon Chaney Jr also plays a major role. It’s pure heaven for horror fans.

Corman does his thing, providing lavish sets, tight direction and some nifty camera work, all while letting his stars do their thing. As I’ve watched a few of Corman’s early works, you see similarities throughout. He’s never afraid to try a new trick or two, but his direction and camera work is always rock solid. He trusts his actors, something that seems mutual, and that really shines through in their roles.

The combination of Vincent Price, Roger Corman, Lon Chaney and H.P. Lovecraft is just as powerful, if not more powerful than the other Corman/Price offerings. In fact, this has become one of my favorite Vincent Price movies. The performances, story, and set pieces are just fantastic. If you haven’t seen this underrated gem, check it out.

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