A curious cross-pollination between the work of Poe, with its gothic setting, aristocratic decadence & morbid dalliances with death, & the work of Lovecraft, with its cursed town, interdimensional tentacle-creature & fear of “the other", or the unknown. The story leaves a lot of loose ends & has an uneven pace, but Corman's film is nonetheless a triumph of style & atmospherics, with a terrific performance from Price.
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.
One of Corman's best horrors, bar none. Yes it is slow at times as others have mentioned, but I feel this helps build the tension needed for the finale. Price has never been more in his element here, except maybe as Dr. Phibes. That role and his work in this film are some of his career defining performances in horror (see Laura and other 40s films for other acting side). Tense, moody, and generally creepy. 4.5 stars
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!
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 !
"Just because Corman is incapable, which he is, of making a Bergman film, it's unfortunate that that didn't happen."