Thursday, October 18, 2007


This time of year I'm thinking of renting a scary movie for Halloween. This one gave me nightmares back in 1963, when I was very small and had no business watching it. This is another Saturday matinee movie -- there were so many of these Vincent Price period pieces, this one directed by Roger Corman, with additional uncredited dialog by Francis Ford Coppola. I'm confused, though. Some places say this is based on an H.P. Lovecraft story called "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward." On the trailer, however, it says Edgar Allan Poe clear as day. Either way, you have one scary story!


Scott Faulkner said...

Folks on IMBD say it's based on the Lovecraft story (pretty loosely, I'd say) but the studio gave it a Poe title because of the success Corman had already had with his previous Poe adaptations.

Bob Rini said...

Thanks, Vinylsaurus -- I came across the discrepancy and couldn't figure out why. I guess Corman played fast and loose with the rules!