Tales of Terror (1962)

35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), colour, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American anthology horror film directed by Roger Corman and based on short stories by Edgar Allan Poe.

Plot Summary

A trilogy of stories adapted from the stories of Edgar Allen Poe. A man and his daughter are reunited but feelings over the the death of his wife still run high with catastrophic and horrific results; jealousy rears its ugly head when a down-and-out challenges a devotee to a drinking competition and falls for his wife; at the point of dying, an agonised man is hypnotized to keep him in a limbo between life and death.


Directed by: Roger Corman
© by Alta Vista Productions MCMLXII [1962]
An American International picture. James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff have presented
Executive Producers: James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff
Produced by: Roger Corman
Screenplay by: Richard Matheson
Based on three Edgar Allan Poe stories [Morella, The Black Cat and The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, with material additional from The Cask of Amontillado]
Director of Photography: Floyd Crosby
Film Editor: Anthony Carras
Music by : Les Baxter
Sound: John Bury
Wardrobe: Marjorie Corso
Makeup: Lou La Cava
Special Effects: Pat Dinga
Photographic Effects: Butler-Glouner Inc.
Production Design and Art Direction: Daniel Haller

Vincent Price as Locke
Maggie Pierce as Lenora
Leona Gage as Morella

The Black Cat
Vincent Price as Fortunato
Peter Lorre as Montresor [Herringbone]
Joyce Jameson as Annabel [Herringbone]

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
Vincent Price as Valdemar
Basil Rathbone as Carmichael
Debra Paget as Helene [Valdemar]
David Frankham as Dr [Elliot] James

Lennie Weinrib [policemen]
Wally Campo [barman Wilkins]
Alan DeWitt [chairman of wine society]
John Hackett [policemen]
Ed Cobb [driver]
Scott Brown

Alternative Titles

Cuentos de terror – Argentina, Venezuela
Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Terror
L'Empire de la terreur – France
Der Grauenvolle Mr X – Germany
Historias de terror – Spain
Kauhutarinoita – Finland
Poe's Tales of Terror
I racconti del terrore – Italy
Rædslernes trio – Denmark
Schwarze Geschichten – Germany
En Studie i skräck – Sweden

See also
Due occhi diabolici (1990)
Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001)
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
Matinee (1993)

Extracts included in
Madhouse (1974)
Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature (2001)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.3 p.4
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.4 p.6
  • Strange Adventures vol.2 no.7 (no.19 August 1990) pp.7-10 – illustrated article (The curse of Corman by Tony Cotterell)
  • We Belong Dead no.29 (Autumn 2021) pp.12-13 – illustrated article (The black laboratory of John Llewellyn Probert: The black cat o'nine tales by John Llewellyn Probert)


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