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The Haunted Palace (1963)

Not Rated | | Horror | 18 March 1965 (Italy)
Charles Dexter Ward arrives at a small village to visit the house he inherited from his ancestor who died there 100 years ago.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

Charles Beaumont (screenplay by), Edgar Allan Poe (from the poem by) (as Edgar Allen Poe) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Charles Dexter Ward / Joseph Curwen
Debra Paget ... Ann Ward
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Simon Orne (as Lon Chaney)
Frank Maxwell ... Dr. Marinus Willet / Priam Willet
Leo Gordon ... Edgar Weeden / Ezra Weeden
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Peter Smith / Micah Smith (as Elisha Cook)
John Dierkes ... Benjamin West / Jacob West (as John Dierkies)
Milton Parsons ... Jabez Hutchinson
Cathie Merchant ... Hester Tillinghast
Guy Wilkerson ... Gideon Leach / Mr. Leach
I. Stanford Jolley ... Carmody, Coachman (as Stanford Jolley)
Harry Ellerbe ... Minister
Barboura Morris Barboura Morris ... Mrs. Weeden
Darlene Lucht ... Miss Fitch
Bruno VeSota ... Bruno, the Bartender (as Bruno Ve Sota)
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Storyline

Loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft's novel THE CASE OF CHARLES DEXTER WARD, this fright flick opens with a warlock placing a curse on a group of villagers about to burn him at the stake. Generations later, the warlock's descendant returns to the village to pick up where his ancestor left off. Written by Humberto Amador

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Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When the villagers confront Kerwin (Vincent Price) at his door in the opening flashback, they ask the girl who he has bewitched if she is there "of her own free will". This echoes the question asked by Joshua (John Derek) of Lilia (Debra Paget) in "The Ten Commandments", if she has chosen to remain with Dathan (Edward G Robinson). Debra Padget and Vincent Price starred in both films. See more »

Goofs

Edgar Allan Poe's name is misspelled as "Edgar Allen Poe" twice in the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

Edgar Weeden: Have you anything to say, warlock?
Charles Dexter Ward: Only this... As surely as the village of Arkham has risen up against me, so shall I rise from the dead... against the village of Arkham. Each one of you! Ezra Weeden, Micah Smith, Benjamin West, Priam Willet, Gideon Leach, all of you and your children and your children's children shall have just cause to regret the actions of this night. For from this night onward, you shall bear my curse.
Edgar Weeden: Burn the devil... ¡Burn him!
Charles Dexter Ward: ¡¡¡AHHHHH!
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove facial shots of a corpse in a coffin and to reduce a scene of a man on fire. Later releases were uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Beach Party (1963) See more »

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Good thriller; Debra Pagent's last movie. Price & Chaney together for the first time.
1 November 1998 | by LareSee all my reviews

Good thriller with Vincent Price and Lon Chaney in the same movie for the first and only time. Also Debra Pagent's last movie. Debra by the way is stunningly beautiful in this movie. One of Vincent's best acting roles by playing two different personalities. Plot was a bit thin but the acting made this movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1965 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,616,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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