The Haunted Palace (1963)

USA, 1963
85m
35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), PathéColor, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Roger Corman. Production began on 10 April 1963.

Plot Summary

Charles Dexter Ward and his wife Ann arrive in Arkham to claim the house he has recently inherited. They quickly learn that the house once belonged to Ward’s devil-worshipping great grandfather, Joseph Curwen whose curse on the village has apparently led to it being haunted by strange mutants. Curwen soon reaches out from beyond the grave to possess Ward’s body and get his revenge on those who crossed him.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Director: Roger Corman
© Alta Vista Productions
Alta Vista Productions
Production Manager: Jack Bohrer
Executive Producers: Samuel Z. Arkoff, James H. Nicholson
Producer: Roger Corman
Associate Producer: Ronald Sinclair
Script: Charles Beaumont
Story: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft
Additional Dialogue: Francis Ford Coppola *
Assistant Director: Paul Rapp
Dialogue Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Director of Photography: Floyd Crosby
Lighting: Harry Sundby
Editor: Ronald Sinclair
Music: Ronald Stein
Sound: John L. Bury
Sound Editor: Gene Corso
Wardrobe Supervisor: Marjorie Corso
Make Up: Ted Coodley
Hair: Lorraine Roberson
Title Designer: Armand Acosta
Art Director: Daniel Haller
Set Dresser: Harry Reif
Property Master: Richard M. Rubin

Cast
Vincent Price (Charles Dexter Ward/Joseph Curwen)
Debra Paget (Ann Ward)
Frank Maxwell (Ian Willet/Dr Willet)
Lon Chaney Jr (Simon Orne)
Leo Gordon (Edgar Weeden/Ezra Weeden)
Elisha Cook Jr (Gideon Smith/Micah Smith)
John Dierkes (Benjamin West/Mr West)
Cathie Merchant (Hester Tillinghast)
Milton Parsons (Jabez Hutchinson)
Bruno VeSota (Bruno)
Darlene Lucht (victim)
Guy Wilkerson (Gideon Leach/Mr Leach)
I. Stanford Jolley (Carmody)
Barboura Morris (Mrs Weeden)
Harry Ellerbe (minister)

Alternative Titles

La città dei mostri – Italy
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Haunted Palace – advertising title
Die Folterkammer des Hexenjägers
– Germany
Det forheksede slot
– Denmark
The Haunted Village
Linnan kauhut – Finland
La Malédiction d’Arkham
– France
El palacio de los espíritus
– Spain
El palacio encantado
– Argentina, Venezuela
Skri av fasa
– Sweden

See also
Elvira’s Haunted Hills (2001)
La marca del muerto (1960)
The Resurrected (1992)

Press

The Guardian 18 February 1966
Although Corman turns out films as other men turn out pork pies, he somehow entices just a whiff of humour to invade ever his most mawkish movies. “The Haunted Palace” has a lot in common with the other 70-odd products of the Corman kitchen in the past ten years. It was cheaply made and appears so. Special effects rely mostly on inexpensive lighting and Corman’s direction to keep the story on the move. – from a review by Ian Wright

The Times 17 February 1966
The Haunted Palace
[…] suffers from the prevailing tattiness of sets and costumes common to all his American Poe films (with which this is associated by the unnecessary dragging-in of a few irrelevant lines from Poe to give it a Poe title). On the other hand, the story is very characteristic Lovecraft – worship of the Old Gods in New England, and the consequent birth of a monster race – and the film has the advantage of a first-rate piece of all-out melodramatic playing from Vincent Price as possessed and possessor. – reviewer not known

The Financial Times 18 February 1966
Vincent Price gives a superb performance as a New England warlock who is burned alive for his evil practices, though not before managing to put a curse on his tormentors. In due course he returns, taking over the body of his great-great-grandson, to wreak a picturesque revenge well-seasoned with ground fogs, creaking doors, cobwebs, electric storms and mutant monsters” from a review by – Tom Milne

References

Periodicals

  • The Daily Cinema no.9176 (7 February 1966) p.3 – review
  • Film Daily vol.123 no.43 (30 August 1963) p.7 – review
  • Film Score Monthly vol.6 no.1 (January 2001) p.42 – illustrated soundtrack review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.176 no.43 (28 August 1963) p.3 – credits, review
  • Kine Weekly no.3045 (10 February 1966) p.15 – review
  • Monster! no.27 (March 2016) pp.14-17 – illustrated review (by Christopher J. Maurer)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.33 no.386 (March 1966) p.44 – credits, review
  • Music from the Movies no.31/32 (Winter 2001) p.92 – soundtrack review

Newspapers

  • The Financial Times 18 February 1966 – review (by Tom Milne)
  • The Guardian 18 February 1966 – review (by Ian Wright)
  • The Sun 17 February 1966 – review (by Ann Pacey)
  • The Times 17 February 1966 – review

Books

  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.92-93 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.154-155
  • Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them by Ron Backer pp.274-277
  • An Edgar Allan Poe Companion: A Guide to the Short Stories, Romances and Essays by J.R. Hammond pp.136-137
  • The Edgar Allan Poe Scrapbook by Peter Haining (ed.) p.190 – article (Poe, Corman and Price: A Tale of Terrors by Ron Haydock)
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.189
  • The Films of Vincent Price by Iain F. McAsh pp.22; 43
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.165
  • Kine & TV Year Book 1968 p.113
  • Merchant of Menace: The Life and Films of Vincent Price by Denis Meikle pp.193-202; 365-366
  • The Poe Cinema: A Critical Filmography by Don G. Smith pp.146-151
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester pp.171; 251-252
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.202-204
  • Vincent Price: The Art of Fear by Denis Meikle pp.109-115; 226
  • Vincent Price Unmasked by James Robert Parish and Steven Whitney pp.117-118; 222-223
  • Women in the Horror Films of Vincent Price by Jonathan Malcolm Lampley pp.84-89; 191