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Scott Ventura >> Movie Commentary >> March 2003 >> Tales of Terror
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Edgar Allan Poe may have been four decades dead by the invention of the motion picture camera, but his writings have contributed immensely to the movies. His filmography includes well over a hundred films that credit him as a writer. Tales of Terror is three Poe stories adapted into short films tied together by the presence of horror mainstay Vincent Price. I didn't recognize any of the three, but that didn't bother me. The first film, "Morella", is a bit bizarre. I still couldn't explain precisely how the ending is supposed to follow the setup. The second, "The Black Cat", contains a great Peter Lorre performance that lends goodly doses of humor. This film is also Price's chance to camp it up as an effete wine taster. "Black Cat" drags a bit towards the end, and I was nodding off a bit. The third is "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar", in which we get a rather minimal Price performance. The standout here is Basil Rathbone as the mesmerist Carmichael. Rathbone has a great face for horror, and the juxtaposition of Rathbone and David Frankham is almost comically