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Friday, May 27, 2016

Twice-Told Tales (1963)

Starring Vincent Price, Sebastian Cabot, Brett Halsey, Beverly Garland, Richard Denning
Directed by Sidney Salkow
(actor & director credits courtesy

Vincent Price stars in three horror tales from the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, involving a fountain of youth, a young woman made poisonous by her father, and a house cursed by an accused warlock.

Following the horror anthology Tales Of Terror which also starred Price in three tales of terror from the works of Edgar Allan Poe, albeit for a different studio, this film's not a bad follow-up, although per Wikipedia, Hawthorne's tales were considerably changed to up the horror quotient, notably in the adaptation of The House Of Seven Gables, which features blood spurting from cracks in the ceiling.  A definite plus is the fine supporting cast, including Cabot, Garland, Denning, Abraham Sofaer, Joyce Taylor, and Jacqueline deWit.  Although the film doesn't have the reputation that Tales Of Terror and Price's other Poe films enjoy today and the budget shows, it's still a lot of fun.

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