Twice-Told Tales (1963) is based on three of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s stories. Based on the film, I’m surprised that American International Pictures wasn’t involved, but it was United Artists. While it carries the name of his anthology of the same name, only Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment is from the anthology. Vincent Price takes the lead in all three of the adaptation.
Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment is the first adaptation, it’s sort of a fountain of youth sort of story. As with anything, be careful of what you wish for, you might just get it. This story is strange and has moments that are fucking ridiculous. I liked the age transformation effect they used in both reverse and forward. The acting and sets are what I expect from AIP, which this is not.
Next up is Rappaccini’s Daughter. For me it has strange nuances of Romeo and Juliet misted with the Midas Touch, and add a dash of Beauty and the Beast. The poisonous tree is very strange looking and is completely out of place on the set. This story left me feeling unfulfilled, but I guess just because Vincent is in something doesn’t mean it’s good.
The 3rd and final is House of the Seven Gables. Interesting fact, Vincent Price was in the 1940 adaptation of this story, playing Clifford Pyncheon wile in this version he is Gerald. I’ve always loved this story, even this condensed version. I don’t understand how someone could live in a house for seventeen years and not figure out where the treasure was hidden. The special effects are funny. I’m not entirely sure that was intended.
By the time I was finished watching Twice-Told Tales, I was so glad it was over. I can only give this one 2.5 out of 5 Stars.