Like the Raven, The Haunted Palace (1963) was touted as being from Poe, while it does have the title and a few lines at the end of the movie, it is again, not Poe. But it doesn’t matter, it’s a great movie. It’s darker with little comedic influence, which is probably due to the fact that it’s based on a Lovecraft story; I guess Poe had a better draw in the 60s than Lovecraft.
To keep the two characters easy to identify, gray makeup was used when Price was Curwin, then not when he was Ward; very clever. The screams in this movie are amazing, and I wish it had more. The beasty in the pit is cool, though we don’t see it much, nor do we really see who is locked in the disappointments room in Edgar Weedan’s house. This movie has few special effects, the strange lightning and the fire that doesn’t really burn anything are the biggest things but add greatly to the feel of this thriller.
This ingenious production stirs the hairs on the back of my neck and I give it 4 out of 5 Stars.