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The Haunted Palace

Director: Roger Corman Run Time: 112 min. Format: 35mm Rating: N/A Release Year: 1963

Starring: Debra Paget, Lon Chaney, Vincent Price

Roger Corman’s THE HAUNTED PALACE was marketed as “Edgar Allan Poe’s The Haunted Palace” but is actually derived from the plot of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.” It stars Vincent Price, as it should.

Condemned warlock Joseph Curwen curses a New England village just before being burned alive. All of them witches! More than a century later, Curwen’s kindly great-great grandson Charles Ward arrives in town and moves into Curwen’s old mansion. Caretaker Simon Orne helps Charles and his wife Ann adjust to their new home but the ancient curse, however, soon takes hold of Joseph, awakening inside him a long-dormant evil passed on through blood.