The Haunted Palace (1963)
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Charles Dexter Ward travels with his wife to Arkham to inspect a large house he has inherited. It was once owned by his great grandfather Joseph Curwen, a disciple of the devil, who cursed the local villagers as they burned him at the stake. Everyone is hostile to Ward, blaming the curse for the number of mutants in the village. Indeed, Ward's arrival allows Curwen to take over his body and restart his evil ways by revenging himself on the descendants of those who killed him
A warlock's home is his castle...Forever!
Also Known As:
Edgar Allan Poe's The Haunted Palace
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
Title: Haunted Palace, The
Release Date: August 28, 1963
Runtime: 87 mins
All Genres: Horror
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Buried.com Rating: 7.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With H
MPAA Rating: Approved
Vincent Price ...Charles Dexter Ward / Joseph Curwen
Debra Paget ...Ann Ward
Lon Chaney Jr. ...Simon Orne (as Lon Chaney)
Frank Maxwell ...Dr. Willet / Priam Willet
Leo Gordon ...Edgar Weeden / Ezra Weeden
Elisha Cook Jr. ...Gideon Smith / Micah Smith (as Elisha Cook)
John Dierkes ...Benjamin West / Mr. West (as John Dierkies)
Milton Parsons ...Jabez Hutchinson
Cathie Merchant ...Hester Tillinghast
Guy Wilkerson ...Gideon Leach / Mr. Leach
I. Stanford Jolley ...Carmody, coachman (as Stanford Jolley)
Harry Ellerbe ...Minister
Barboura Morris ...Mrs. Weeden
Darlene Lucht ...Miss Fitch
Bruno VeSota ...Bruno, the bartender (as Bruno Ve Sota)
Samuel Z. Arkoff
James H. Nicholson
Francis Ford Coppola
More Movie Taglines:
- A warlock's home is his castle...Forever!
- What was the terrifying thing in the PIT that wanted women?
- Simon Orne: Joseph, have you not gorged yourself enough on revenge? Charles Dexter Ward: You do not know the extent of my appetite, Simon. I'll not have my fill of revenge until this village is a graveyard. Until they have felt, as I did, the kiss of fire on their soft bare flesh. All of them. Have patience my friends. Surely, after all these years, I'm entitled to a few small amusements.
Ann Ward: Charles? You ready? [comes outside to join him on the balcony] Charles Dexter Ward: I've decided to stay. Ann Ward: What? Charles Dexter Ward: Just long enough to fix the place up. With a little work it could bring a good price. Don't you think? Ann Ward: I should imagine. I don't know. [disappointed] Charles Dexter Ward: I estimate two weeks, perhaps three. To get things started, anyway. Do you mind, Ann? Ann Ward: No, not exactly. But I can't say it pleases me. Charles Dexter Ward: Well, then you go home! [stone-faced] Ann Ward: Charles! [shocked] Charles Dexter Ward: I'm sorry Ann. It's just that I... well, I... I can't leave now until I find out... some things.
- Roger Corman decided to do an H.P. Lovecraft story as a break from his Edgar Allan Poe series while keeping the elements that made it successful. American-International took no chances. It gave the film a "Poe" title and marketed it as another in the series.
The footage scene of the castle interior is similar to the scene in The Raven (1963) movie, which was directed by Roger Corman as well. Also the shots of castle from outside under thunder and lightning, and waves breaking of rocks appear in both movies.
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