“I am responsible; if it were not so, she would not want to haunt me.”
In 16th century Spain, a man (John Kerr) visits the grieving husband (Vincent Price) of his recently deceased sister (Barbara Steele), demanding more details about her mysterious death — but he quickly learns that supernatural forces may be at work in this house with a morbid past.
- Barbara Steele Films
- Edgar Allan Poe Films
- Horror Films
- Roger Corman Films
- Vincent Price Films
- Widows and Widowers
After The Fall of the House of Usher (1960), producer/director Roger Corman’s second adaptation of an Edgar Allen Poe tale was this atmospheric horror flick which, as usual, uses Poe’s story as merely the vaguest inspiration. The sets and cinematography are lush, but the storyline takes a while to get going, and the acting (other than Price’s ham-fest) is fairly wooden. However, once various plot twists occur, things suddenly get quite exciting, and the finale is (literally) gripping.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Price’s hammy performance as Nicholas Medina
- Atmospheric sets
- Fine cinematography
- An exciting finale
No, though it’s certainly worth a one-time look.