Decent entry to Corman's "Poe series". Price is absolutely in his element, and the lush sets and production design create a wonderful, gloomy gothic atmosphere. But it does succumb to the major flaw of most of these types of movies: way too many scenes of people wandering down dark hallways - it's slow-paced, but Charles Beaumont's script offers some smart dialogue. One of Ronald Stein's best scores.
1765. Deux adeptes de magie noire sacrifient plusieurs jeunes filles du village d'Arkham. Sur le bûcher, l'homme promet de se venger. Cent ans plus tard, un couple, dont le mari descend du sorcier décide de se réinstaller dans la demeure familiale.
Poe + Lovecraft, une surprise !
MY ABSOLUTE NEW FAVORITE VINCENT PRICE FLICK!!!! Features everything that's cool about Vinnie! And the nifty fog-shrouded (and pretty expensive-looking) sets! And that music (I keep humming that score!) And that reanimated chick with the amazing rack! It even has a not-too-tidy ending! Definitely a top-notch Lovecraft adaption! I wonder why more people don't celebrate this one. It's a secret masterpiece!
"Just because Corman is incapable, which he is, of making a Bergman film, it's unfortunate that that didn't happen."
This Corman's flick + Tomb Of Ligeia are definitely the best of all gothic horror, Edgar Allan Poe inspired series. The Haunted Palace doesn't miss on producing dark atmosphere and watching Vincent Price undergoing a possession is a nice treat. My favourite scene is meeting the mutants in the middle of village, kind of "zombie element" provided before Night Of The Living Dead was even shot. Nice piece of B-movie!