Episode 30 – The Haunted Palace

The Haunted Palace movie poster, Blu-ray sleeve design for Arrow Films release of the Vincent Price/Roger Corman classic ‘The Haunted Palace’, part of the Six Gothic Tales box-set.

This month, Andrew and Matt discuss the Corman/Price Lovecraft/Poe mashup “The Haunted Palace”. Matt struggles through his Massachusetts accent to pronounce “era”! Andrew revels in the ham faced babies!

The Haunted Palace was released in 1963 – it is an adaptation of the HP Lovecraft story “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” and the first feature film to include references to Lovecraftian touchstones like “The Necronomicon” and Cthulhu. AIP named it “The Haunted Palace” to create continuity with it and the other films in the Corman/Price series. It fits nicely in with the others – the story is gothic and lends itself nicely to the typical set work and Price scenery chewing that characterized the series.  Despite some stylistic differences with the Lovecraft story, in the end, (I think) it turns out to be one of the better Lovecraft adaptations available.

Note that the same story was also filmed in 1991 by Dan O’Bannon as The Resurrected, which is a worthy film bogged down by some unfortunate period touches.

Mentioned within our Haunted Palace podcast

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

The Haunted Palace (The Edgar Allan Poe poem)

 

The Witchfinder General

The ham faced New Englanders cursed by Joseph Curwen
The ham faced New Englanders cursed by Joseph Curwen

Lon Chaney Jr

I believe this is the self portrait of Vincent Van Gogh that Andrew is referring to in the podcast
I believe this is the self portrait of Vincent Van Gogh that Andrew is referring to in the podcast
THE painting of Charles Dexter Ward from The Haunted Palace
THE painting of Charles Dexter Ward 
Chiaroscuro vs rococo (neither are appropriate)Re: Fall of the House of Usher paintings – tune in next month for more discussion about them

Canadian art subsidies

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