Hot Picks

- There's No Such Thing as Zombies 2020

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- For Prophet 2024

- The Culture of Hip Hop: The Staten Island Story - Part 1 2024

- #ChadGets-TheAxe 2022

- The Guyver 1991

- Double Exposure 2024

- Live One 2024

- Queen Rising 2024

- The G 2023

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Midnight Feature 2024

- Deadland 2023

- The Red Lips of the Octopus 2023

- A Gangster's Kiss 2024

- Homework 1982

- Vindication Swim 2024

- Bermondsey Tales: Fall of the Roman Empire 2024

- As I Believe the World to Be 2023

- 2015: Future Uncertain 2024

- Guy Friends 2024

- A Rocky Mountain Affair 2024

- The Moor 2023

- Insane Like Me? 2024

- Grandma's Cookies: A Christmas Tale 2024

- The Keepers of the 5 Kingdoms 2024

- Arena Wars 2024

- Static Cling 2024

- Realm of Shadows 2024

- The Girl in the Trunk 2024

- Buying Time 2024

- 4 Minutes of Terror: Death Throes 2024

- Lost in Tomorrow 2023

- Ufologists 2022

- Rhapsody in Justice 2024

- Life of Belle 2024

- Unspeakable: Beyond the Wall of Sleep 2024

- Princess Halle and the Jester 2024

- Tormented 1960

- Sira 2023

- MR-9: Do or Die 2023

- Homesick 2015

- Exteriors 2023

- Brotherly Lies 2022

- Pandemonium 2024

- All the Fires 2023

- Isleen Pines 2023

- I Was a Soldier 2024

- The Seductress from Hell 2024

- Dreaming of the Unholy 2024

- Part-Time Killer 2022

- Cosmos 2021

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

The Haunted Palace
Die Folterkammer des Hexenjägers

USA 1963
produced by
James H. Nicholson, Samuel Z. Arkoff for AIP
directed by Roger Corman
starring Vincent Price, Debra Paget, Lon Chaney jr, Frank Maxwell, Milton Parsons, Elisha Cook jr, Leo Gordon, Barboura Morris, Bruno VeSota
screenplay by Charles Beaumont, based on The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft, title borrowed from Edgar Allan Poe

AIP's Lovecraft-adaptations, AIP's Poe-cycle, Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe-adaptations

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

The Addams Family

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Deerslayer

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Edgar Wallace made in Germany

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

The Munsters

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Philip Marlowe

Philo Vance

Quatermass

Robin Hood

The Saint

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Three Stooges

Three Supermen

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro


Though his ancestor Curwen (Vincent Price) was burnt here as a warlock for conducting unholy experiments with the villagers, with many genetic deformities blamed to his name, Charles Dexter Ward (Price again) wants to settle in the small fishing village of Arkham, where he has inherited Curwen's palace. But the situation seeems to be doomed right from the beginning, when he & his wife Anne (Debra Paget) are rejected by townsfolks, while finally at their palace, mysterious caretaker Simon (Lon Chaney jr) already awaits them. The mild mannered Ward soon changes his attitude though when being possessed by the spirit of Curwen, who seems to live in the large portrait in the hall, & he has some big plans: not only does he - along with Simon & professor Jabez Hutchinson (Milton Parsons), who mysteriously survived the last 110 years - want to resurrect his wife & awake the Elder Gods, he also wants to exact his revenge on the villagers by killing the descendants of those who once burned him. But the villagers are of course quick to blame all the killings on Ward/Curwen, build a lynch-mob, go to his palace, torches in hands, & of course burn the place, & with it, Curwen's portrait, releasing Ward - who is saved in the nick of time by the village doctor (Frank Maxwell) - of that man's evil spell ... but does it really one wonders when Ward's face, in the final shot, shows his sinister streak again.

 

Though the ads & the title claimed otherwise, not based on Edgar Allan Poe but on a story by H.P.Lovecraft, but filmed in the same style, with similar actors & sets, as Corman's Poe-adaptations. It doesn't work out all that well though, since Lovecraft's concepts of the Elder Gods do not work all that well in the very artificial sets that Corman also used for his Edgar Allan Poe-movies, & Price as the movie's undoubtable center does also seem a little out of place here (although his acting once again is impeccable), plus the film's story does seem a little muddled. It's still an entertaining & enjoyable movie, however in comparison with Corman's real Poe-adapations, it definitely loses.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results?
(commissions earned)

The links below
will take you
just there!!!

Find The Haunted Palace
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports?
Find The Haunted Palace here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

In times of uncertainty of a possible zombie outbreak, a woman has to decide between two men - only one of them's one of the undead.

 

There's No Such Thing as Zombies
starring
Luana Ribeira, Rudy Barrow and Rami Hilmi
special appearances by
Debra Lamb and Lynn Lowry

 

directed by
Eddie Bammeke

written by
Michael Haberfelner

produced by
Michael Haberfelner, Luana Ribeira and Eddie Bammeke

 

now streaming at

Amazon

Amazon UK

Vimeo

 

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!