Review: "The Comedy Of Terrors" (1963) Starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone And Boris Karloff; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Hank Reineke

On the very month that Roger Corman’s The Raven was to hit theaters in January 1963, Aip announced that they had just signed a four year eight-film contract with that film’s co-star Peter Lorre. The contract was an interesting one as it wasn’t exclusive: the actor wasn’t necessarily barred from accepting acting offers from other studios. But the contract stipulated Lorre could not accept any roles offered of “the horror, science-fiction, macabre type,” and certainly not in any competing non-aip Edgar Allan Poe film adaptation. Such movies would remain the domain of Aip, which had recently been on a hot streak with their churning of Gothic horrors. Arkoff and Nicholson triumphantly announced they had already readied two new projects for Lorre, one titled It’s Alive (reported to co-star Elsa (The Bride of Frankenstein) Lanchester and a second,
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