Tales of Terror (1962)

We're already four weeks into our Roger Corman Poe cycle and this week we'll take a look at Tales of Terror, starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone.  (You can find our earlier Roger Corman Poe articles here.) Tales of Terror is an anthology film featuring three short story segments connected by a … [Read more...]

The Premature Burial (1962)

The one-two punch of House of Usher and Pit and the Pendulum pretty much guaranteed that there would be more Edgar Allan Poe adaptations coming out from American International Pictures.  For his third adaptation, Roger Corman decided on Poe's short story, The Premature Burial, about a man who is obsessed with the … [Read more...]

The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

The success of House of Usher surprised American International execs, so they wanted to strike while the iron was hot and get another Poe-related adaptation on the market, right away. Roger Corman wasted no time re-enlisting Vincent Price for The Pit and the Pendulum, with a script by Richard Matheson. But, could … [Read more...]

Fall of the House of Usher (1960)

Fall of the House of Usher (nitpick - the title sequence is actually simply "House of Usher", but every reference we've ever seen to the film, including the DVD box includes the "Fall of".) is a great movie, so let's just get that out of the way up front.  It's a fine balance of the creepy gothic sets that Hammer did … [Read more...]

Join in and Watch It with Mike and Scott!

There's been a tradition going on for quite a while at Back to the Past. Monday mornings, Mike and I will get together and discuss movies we've seen, sometimes in great depth, sometimes just in passing. We realized, before too long, that it would be more fun for us to do something a little more organized, so we … [Read more...]

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