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The Haunted Palace (1963)




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Based on the work of celebrated novelist H.P. Lovecraft, this film showcases Vincent Price, playing dual roles as both a warlock burnt in 1765 and his descendant, who arrives to take up residence at the family estate generations later. Seeking vengeance, the sorcerer takes possession of his great-great grandson.

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Vincent Price
as Charles Dexter Ward
Debra Paget
as Ann Ward
Lon Chaney Jr
as Simon Orne
Creighton Chaney
as Simon Orne
Frank Maxwell
as Dr. Marinus Willet
Leo Gordon
as Edgar Weeden
Elisha Cook Jr.
as Peter Smith
John Dierkes
as Jacob West
Milton Parsons
as Jabez Hutchinson
Cathy Merchant
as Hester Tillinghast
Harry Ellerbe
as Minister
I. Stanford Jolley
as Boat Captain
Darlene Lucht
as Young Woman Victim
Barboura Morris
as Mrs. Weeden
Bruno Ve Sota
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for The Haunted Palace

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Though a fine movie in its own right, The Haunted Palace feels a bit too familiar for its own good at times.

October 22, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

An elegance that unites Lovecraft with Poe, also marking it with Vincent Price's marvelous composition. [Full Review in Spanish]

April 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Slack storytelling and an unsatisfying ending make this the weakest picture in the Poe-Corman-Price series.

October 31, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The apex of Corman's skill for reworking AIP's standing Gothic sets to get the maximum possible bang for his buck.

October 31, 2011 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Corman's widescreen framing, the blazing Technicolor photography, and the effectively maximized production values created a convincing, if twisted, world.

January 27, 2008 | Rating: 68/100 | Full Review…

A terrific, atmospheric little spooker.

May 19, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Haunted Palace

The more times I watch this movie, the more I like it. There are some great actors in this movie, and the story is really cool, it's based on a Lovecraft story, and it's great. This is another of my favourite Corman movies with Price, he gives a great performance. I highly recommend this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Marvelous exercise in Grand Guignol, great sets, spooky atmosphere, fine screenplay by scenarist Charles Beaumont based on H.P. Lovecraft's The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and a splendid two-tiered performance by Vincent Price.

hawk ledge
hawk ledge

Super Reviewer


When the great-grandson of a warlock (Vincent Price, in both roles) inherits a crumbling palace in Arkham, Massachusetts, bad things are sure to follow for local villagers whose ancestors burnt the magician at the stake. A fun, eerie and artificial atmosphere and a good performance by Price, but like most Roger Corman-directed products of the era it has poor effects and drags at times. From a story by H.P. Lovecraft.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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