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Roger Corman's second go at Edgar Allan Poe (1961) appears just a bit labored, with Poe's tale of psychological torture during the Inquisition tacked on to Richard Matheson's original screenplay. But this team, the same Corman group that made House of Usher and went on to establish Corman as the cinema's chief interpreter of Poe, shows a genuine flair for the gothic cinema that is still a delight. Vincent Price gives one of his better performances, and Barbara Steele (who is to the British gothic movie what Vera Hruba Ralston was to Republic Pictures) is there to add authenticity. Refreshingly good-humored, and marked by Corman's delirious visual sense.

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