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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Twice-Told Tales (1963)

What is better than a Vincent Price movie? Three Vincent Price movies in one! Twice-Told Tales is a horror trilogy based on stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of such classics as The Scarlet Letter. Director Sydney Salkow [The Last Man on Earth, The Addams Family] paces these stories perfectly and know how to build interest and tension in each of the three vignettes. The script by Robert E Kent [Zombies on Broadway, The Werewolf] is well written and give the actors lots of great material to work with.

First up is Dr. Heidegger's Experiment, starring Price and Sebastian Cabot [Miracle on 34th Street, Family Affair] as two old friends who may have discovered the fountain of youth. Of course, such elixirs are not without consequences which is what makes the story interesting. These two veteran actors play their role well and the chemistry between them is very good, even though Price is a tad bit over the top.

Second is Rappaccini's Daughter where Price is in his glory as slightly demented and way overprotective father. Brett Halsey [Return of the Fly] is the new next door neighbor who has his eye on Price's reclusive daughter. It's a great story and the special effects hold up well considering when this film was made.

Finally, they saved the best for last with The House of the Seven Gables. Price is manically delightful as Gerald Pyncheon who is determined to be victorious over the family curse while finding a secret vault in the house. Jacqueline deWit is great as Price's sister and Mari Blanchard [She Devil] is radiant and slightly possessed as Gerald's wife. The three really give this last vignette power and bring it to a wonderful conclusion.

While it's not quite a classic, Twice-Told Tales is an excellent anthology that was quite enjoyable to watch. If you're a Vincent Price fan you definitely won;t want to miss it.

RATING: Very Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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