31 in 31: Tales of Terror

Story:  Three of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories are featured in this horror anthology; “Morella”, “The Black Cat” and “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar”.

Scares: Mild by today’s standards, but effective.

Splat factor: It’s old-school, so not much to see by way of gore.  But these stories don’t need it.

Closing scene “shocker”?: There’s a little bit of “The Cask of Amontillado” thrown in, and it works perfectly with the story.

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?:  Though there are several Poe anthologies by American International Pictures, Tales of Terror is an original, just like Poe himself.

Trick or Treat?:  An oldie but a goodie; like a small handful of candy corn, it’s just the right amount without overstaying it’s welcome.  It’s always a treat to see Vincent Price and Peter Lorre.  The wine tasting scene in “The Black Cat” is an absolute hoot, and the “drunk cam” shows that you don’t need a ton of money for interesting effects.  But there are scares too; “Morella” is a creepy gothic, and “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” ends things with a scream.

Score:  out of 5 pumpkins.

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