Review: TALES OF TERROR/TWICE-TOLD TALES
This is another of the vintage Vincent Price offerings inspired by the fiction of Edgar Allan Poe, and in this case Nathanial Hawthorne. Two separate movies, but they’re a package deal, a combo. Available on the same DVD, so I figure I might as well review them both together. Honestly they could easily pass for two installments of the same film, as they are so similar in tone. Probably why they ended up being offered as a double-bill in the first place. Of the two, I liked TWICE-TOLD TALES (that’s the one based on Hawthorne’s stories) the best, although they’re both worthy of a re-watch, or, if you’ve never seen them before, well worth discovering for the first time.
The primary selling point in any Vincent Price film is Price himself. The man was such an underrated talent, and his performances anchor each of the vignettes presented in these two films. The acting overall is quite good, featuring the likes of Sebastian Cabot, Peter Lorre, and Basil Rathbone in supporting roles. The sets and costumes are sumptuous. In no way will it be evident to the viewer that he is watching a low-budget effort, save perhaps for the special effects, but probably not, as these are, proportionate to the budget, just fine and dandy. (Price’s “melting man” at the end of “The Case of M. Valdemar” being a perfect example of how much can be achieved with little money.) Although no actual blood-drinkers are featured, there’s a good bit for the vampire aficionado to appreciate in these productions. Check ‘em out.