The Terrorphile: Corman, Price, and Poe -- A Video Tribute
I grew up on two kinds of horror movies: Universal creature features and Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe films. I have very specific memories of watching Vincent Price going mad in Pit and the Pendulum and cheering on the magic duel in The Raven. These are formative experiences in my life as a film aficionado, so when Jose Cruz decided to devote a month of his Cold Reads column to celebrating Poe's short stories, I felt it was the right time to pay tribute to the cinematic triumvirate of Corman, Price, and Poe.
Using Kasabian's Club Foot as the music, I recreated the shared narrative of four of the Poe films: Fall of the House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum, the "Morella" segment in Tales of Terror, and Tomb of Ligeia (note that three of those four were written by Richard Matheson). I also included nods to Masque of the Red Death and used some emotional beats from The Raven and The Haunted Palace.
Some additional notes:
- Since this was a more narrative-oriented vid than my previous Universal monsters tribute, I wasn't able to include much that didn't fit neatly into my constructed storyline. As such, I had to leave out a lot of my favorite moments throughout the series, including the "Black Cat" segment from Tales of Terror, the last act of Pit and the Pendulum, and most of The Raven and The Masque of the Red Death.
- Along those same lines, I wasn't able to include Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr., Patrick Macnee, or Basil Rathbone. Hazel Court and Barbara Steele make cameos.
- The odd-man-out status of Premature Burial as the only Corman Poe film to not star Vincent Price means that it didn't get included at all. I tried, but there just wasn't a good place for it.
- I wish I could have done more with the house-as-monster angle, but it didn't pan out.
- Apparently, because of copyright issues with the song, the Youtube embed won't play for some of our international readers. I'm working on a solution.