Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective

Foreign poster for TALES OF TERROR 1962 209x300 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial RetrospectiveAs part of Cinefantastique’s 50th anniversary tribute to TALES OF TERROR (1962), we recently posted a podcast discussing producer-director Roger Corman’s three-part omnibus of horror inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. As scintillating as the podcast conversation might be, it cannot capture the aesthetic achievements of the film, which features impressive production design (by Daniel Haller) and lovely cinematography (by Floyd Crosby). Therefore, we present this pictorial retrospective, showcasing horror stars Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Basil Rathbon, in the episodes MORELLA, THE BLACK CAT, and THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR.

Cast photo from TALES OF TERROR 1962 with Basic Rathbone Peter Lorre Vincent Price Debra Paget Leona Gage Maggie Pierce on the set from the deleted limbo scene 150x112 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective Posed publicity still of a scene not in the film. The putrifying M. Valdemar Vincent Price frightens wife played by Debra Paget. 150x111 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective Maggie Pierce as Vincent Prices late wife Lenora in MORELLA the first episode from TALES OF TERROR 1962 150x105 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective Basic Rathbone hypnotizes Vincent Price in THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR the third episode of TALES OF TERROR 1962 150x111 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective Vincent Price poses with a mock head of Peter Lorre used in the BLACK CAT episode of TALES OF TERROR 1962 107x150 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective Vincent Price and Peter Lorre in THE BLACK CAT the comical change of pace in TALES OF TERROR 1962 121x150 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective Anews paper photograph from November 27 1961 of the casting call for the title role in THE BLACK CAT the second episode of TALES OF TERROR 1962 143x150 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective M. Valdemar awakens from his hypnotic trance at the conclusion of the final episode of TALES OF TERROR 1962 150x119 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial RetrospectiveA gorgeious matte painting depicts the archetypal ancestral mansion from MORELLA the opening episode of TALES OF TERROR 1962 150x66 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective Basil Rathbone and David Frankham in THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR the final episode of TALES OF TERROR 1962 150x64 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective In a bit of action more reminiscent of THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO Peter Lorre walls up VIncent Price in THE BLACK CAT episode of TALES OF TERRROR 1962 150x83 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective Peter Lorre in the wine taste sequence from THE BLACK CAT the middle episode of TALES OF TERROR 1962 150x66 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective Vincent Price as the mesmerized Valdemar in THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR the final episode of TALES OF TERROR 1962 150x64 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective Peter Lorre wrestles with THE BLACK CAT in the second episode of TALES OF TERROR 1962 150x66 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective Tongue in cheek promo art of the hallcuinatory headless sequence from THE BLACK CAT the comical episode of TALES OF TERROR 1962 150x120 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective Debra Paget and Vincent Price in THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR episdoe three of TALES OF TERROR 1962 150x111 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective Locke Vincent Price is shocked to find that his daughter Morella has morphed into his late wife Lenora Maggie Pierce 150x110 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective Peter Lorre challenges VIncent Price to a wine tasting contest in THE BLACK CAT the tongue in cheek episode of TALES OF TERROR 1962 150x109 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective The final decomposition of M. Valdemar an image briefly glimpsed at the conclusion of TALES OF TERROR 1962 150x111 Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective

About the Author

Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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