Tales of Terror (1962)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 


PROS –
1) An anthology movie with 3 Edgar Allan Poe stories, each one of them featuring Vincent Price. All 3 stories explore the macabre horror of Poe’s realm of getting buried while alive.
2) “Morella” – A dead woman comes back to life from her decomposing corpse to take revenge from her obsessive husband, and daughter for her childbed death.
3) “The Black Cat” – A cuckolded drunkard took revenge on his wife and her lover by entombing them alive but got caught because of his wife’s beloved black cat.
4) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” – A dying man trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead because of an evil hypnotist, comes back to life to take his revenge, and eventually getting redemption.
5) Excellent supporting cast including screen legends like Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Montresor Herringbone: Haven’t I convinced you of my sincerity yet? I’m genuinely dedicated to your destruction.

The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A boy born of a mute rape victim on Christmas day becomes a Werewolf and terrorizes a small town in 18th century Spain.
2) The young man who transforms into the Werewolf is not completely evil but rather a sympathetic character as he’s willing to get himself killed to save the innocent victims.

 

 


CONS –
1) The first act of the movie introduces us to a cruel marqués who imprisons a begger. This entire subplot (though intriguing) was completely futile in the larger context of the movie.
2) We didn’t get the full view of the monster until the climax.

 

 


QUOTE –
What worries me is that the girl upstairs is about to have her baby. And as like as not…it will be born on the very hour of our Lord’s birth. For an unwanted child to be born then…is an insult to heaven,señor. That’s what I was taught.

The Premature Burial (1962)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A British aristocrat is consumed with the fear of being buried alive after the same happened to his father. His phobia is reinforced by his evil wife and finally, she succeeds to send him in the grave alive in a cataleptic state. Another macabre horror from Edgar Allan Poe with all it’s essential elements.
2) Ray Milland’s [as Guy] elaborate vault equipped with several safeguards in case of his premature burial.
3) The climactic twist is unexpected as the wife never appears like a suspect.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
I shall not kill you. That sorry task I shall leave to the earth…and the darkness…and the terrified pounding of your own heart.

Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5


PROS –
1) Sebastian Medina killed his adulteress wife and adulterer brother in his castle’s torture chamber. History is now repeating itself in the Medina family when his son Nicholas Medina is getting similar disloyalty from his wife and friend.
2) Top-notch macabre horror. Vincent Price’s performance single-handedly takes the movie to another level.
3) The plot-twist of Barbara Steele coming out of the tomb alive was unexpected. Her frightful eyes in the final horrifying scene being trapped in the iron maiden, is one blood-chilling climax.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Don Nicholas Medina: You are about to enter Hell, Bartolome, HELL!… The netherworld.The infernal region, The Abode of the Damned… The place of torment. Pandemonium. Abbadon. Tophet. Gehenna. Naraka. THE PIT!… And the pendulum.

House of Usher (1960)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A man arrives at his fiancée’s family mansion but he’s asked to leave and forgo his intentions as the family (as well as the mansion) is afflicted by a cursed bloodline.
2) Vincent Price as Roderick Usher dominated the screen with his great performance as the cursed scion of the Usher family.
3) A must watch for gothic horror fans. A literal adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic horror story.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Philip Winthrop: You have murdered your sister, Mr. Usher, and I intend to see that you hang for it.
Roderick Usher: Arrange it quickly then. The old house crumbles.

In the Mouth of Madness (1995)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5


PROS –
1) An insurance investigator is hired by a publishing house to investigate the disappearance of popular (and eccentric) horror novelist, Sutter Cane, and recover the manuscript for Cane’s final novel. The search led him to Hobb’s End, the fictional setting for many of Cane’s works.
2) A meta-horror movie where the book central character finally realizes that he was a character in the book all along.
3) Another John Carpenter homage to H. P. Lovecraft.


CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
“The thing I can’t remember is what came first. Us or the book.”

Tales from the Darkside (1990)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A young boy is captured by a modern-day witch, and the witch is planning to cook him for the dinner party. To stall her plan, the boy tells her three horror stories.
2) Cat from Hell – A hitman hired by a wealthy man to kill a cat. While the story is mediocre, the entire sequence where the cat kills the hitman by forcing itself down his throat and into his stomach was horrifying.
3) Lover’s Vow – A folklore sort of story where a demon spares a man’s life when he swears never to reveal what he saw or describe its appearance to anyone. The final scene where Carola begins transforming back into the monster is an achievement for the special effect team. The scene rivals the transformation scene from An American Werewolf in London (1981).

 

 

CONS –
1) Lot 249 – Michael McDowell failed to give justice to Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic horror short story. Even with a good star-cast, the screenplay and execution is childish. The iconic story deserves a full-length movie.

 

 

QUOTE –
Carola: You promised you’d never tell!

House on Haunted Hill (1999)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A haunted house with a horrifying fire accident in 1931, invites descendants of the 5 survivors of the sadistic Dr. Vannacutt’s evil staff. The host assumes the guest as part adventure night offering $1 million to each guest who remains in the house until morning.
2) The amusement park prank at the beginning of the movie keeps audiences thinking the entire movie to be an elaborate prank.
3) Ignoring the fact that it’s a remake of House On Haunted Hill (1959), the movie is thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end.

 

 


CONS –
N/A


QUOTE –
Price: From here on, it gets really scary!

Midsommar (2019)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A group of friends travels to Sweden to attend a folk-festival of a small community that occurs once every 90 years and they find themselves in the middle of a murderous pagan cult ceremony.

 

 

CONS –
1) 148 minutes run time for a mediocre movie is not at all justified. The writer-director Ari Aster definitely got his own style but this movie is style over substance.
2) It’s a formulaic “cabin in the woods” plot. This time the “cabin” is replaced by a Swedish community and the ghost is replaced by the cult. One can smell the sacrificial murders from a mile.
3) The entire Dani’s sister‘s suicide plot is irrelevant to the story and adds nothing to the movie.

 

 


QUOTE –
Simon: So we just gonna ignore the bear then?
Ingemar: It’s a bear.

Nightmare Cinema (2018)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Mirari: the horrors of plastic surgery.

 

 
CONS –
1) 5 rejected Black Mirror stories weaved around a haunted movie theater owned by The Projectionist (Mickey Rourke). Tediously formulaic anthology movie with a format very similar to Tales from the Crypt (1972).

 

 
QUOTE –
“Looks are overrated.”