Alucarda, La Hija De Las Tinieblas / Innocents From Hell (1977) – A Dracula takes revenge
Director Juan López Moctezuma came along during the new wave of 70′s Mexican genre pics that expressed radical and subversive views. An important intellectual figure in Mexico in the fifties, sixties, and seventies, Moctezuma produced Jodorowsky’s El Topo and Fando Y Lis. Of his three horror films (which also includes Mansion of Madness,
Press Release - “From the Merchant of Menace, Vincent Price, and the King of the B’s, Roger Corman, come six Gothic tales inspired by the pen of Edgar Allan Poe. Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the limited edition release of this Six Gothic Tales box set. Limited to a run of just 2000 copies, this much-anticipated release will include The Fall of the House of Usher, Tales of Terror, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, The Haunted Palace
A controversy over the style of drapes for a mansion's library would not seem to be the fodder for a sizzling screen drama but it is the catalyst for the events that unwind in The Cobweb, a 1955 soap opera that involves the talents of some very impressive actors and filmmakers. The film was directed by Vincente Minnelli and produced by John Houseman, based on the bestselling novel by William Gibson. The cast features an impressive array of seasoned veterans as well as up-and-comers. Among them: Richard Widmark, Lauren, Bacall, Charles Boyer, Gloria Grahame, Lillian Gish, Oscar Levant, Susan Strasberg and John Kerr. The action all takes place in a psychiatric institute called "The Castle". It's actually a mansion house and the patients are seemingly there voluntarily. They are an assortment of mixed nuts ranging from elderly eccentrics to young people with severe problems interacting with others. The
Starring: Vincent Price, John Kerr, Barbara Steele, Luana Anders, Antony Carbone, Patrick Westwood, Lunette Bernay
Running Time: 80 minutes
Extras: Audio commentary with Roger Corman, Audio Commentary with critic Tim Lucas, Behind The Swinging Blade, Added TV Sequence, Original Trailer, An Evening Of Edgar Allen Poe with Vincent Price,
Best known as the king of cheap B-z movies, with his name recently attached to the likes of Sharktopus and Camel Spiders, Roger Corman has over 400 producing credits. But up until 1990, Corman was also known for directing over 50 films, and not all were as schlocky as one might expect. His best works were undoubtedly his Edgar Allen Poe adaptations, The Fall Of The House Of Usher, The Raven, The Masque Of The Red Death and this latest release from Arrow Video, The Pit And The Pendulum.
The basic premise lent a lot to horror over the years, as
Through the first half of the 1960s, Roger Corman directed a string of films loosely based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Colourful, macabre, and rich embroiderings of Poe’s short tales, they were among the strongest films in Corman’s long and varied career.
His second (arriving one year after The Fall Of The House Of Usher) 1961‘s The Pit And The Pendulum was one of the best, roping in all the classic elements from the Corman-Poe cycle: a castle, premature burial, and most importantly, Vincent Price as a furtive and possibly mad nobelman.
Here, Price plays Nicholas Medina, a ruff-wearing and despairing man haunted by his Spanish castle and grim ancestry. When Medina’s wife Elizabeth (Barbara Steele) dies suddenly and mysteriously,
This week has been a good week for Vincent Price fans and Arrow Video. Not only have we got Theatre of Blood, we now also have Pit and the Pendulum in another steelbook release. The Pit and the Pendulum is the second film in Roger Corman’s Edgar Allen Poe series of films (Fall of the House of Usher was first), and although Masque of the Red Death is arguably the better, this is a close second.
The Pit and the Pendulum is actually a very short story with not that much content available to make a full length movie from, so Richard Matheson took some liberties with the story when adapting it for the big screen. With elements of Fall of the
A horse-drawn carriage pulls up on a deserted beach. A sombre figure dismounts and gazes up towards his destination – a foreboding cliff-top castle perched high above the crashing waves. Thus the perfect Gothic scene is set for The Pit and the Pendulum, the second of Roger Corman’s celebrated Edgar Allan Poe adaptations once again starring the ever-reliable Vincent Price (The Fall of the House of Usher, Theatre of Blood) alongside the bewitching Barbara Steele (Black Sunday).
Having learned of the sudden death of his sister Elizabeth (Steele), Francis Barnard (John Kerr) sets out to the castle of his brother-in-law, Nicholas Medina (Price), to uncover the cause of her untimely demise. A distraught, grief-stricken Nicholas can offer only the vaguest explanations as to Elizabeth’s death
For writer Tom Weaver's interview with John Kerr, in which he discusses making the Corman production, click here
The American actor was best known on screen for his role as Lieutenant Joseph Cable in the 1958 musical film South Pacific.
He was also known for his part in the 1953 Broadway production of Robert Anderson's Tea and Sympathy, which earned him a Tony Award.
His TV roles included Peyton Place from 1965-66, and The Streets of San Francisco throughout the 1970s.
His son Michael confirmed that he died of heart failure on Saturday (February 9) at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.
Kerr won plaudits for his turn as a struggling school boy who was bullied over his suspected homosexuality in the Broadway run of Tea and Sympathy.
He reprised the role in the 1956 film version opposite Deborah Kerr (no relation), who also starred in the Broadway production.
Kerr later featured in Roger Corman's The Pit and the Pendulum, based on the original stories of Edgar Allan Poe.
Kerr died Saturday of heart failure at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, his son Michael said.
He was perhaps best known for playing a sensitive prep school student who is bullied for being a suspected homosexual in Elia Kazan's 1953 Broadway production of "Tea and Sympathy." He went on to reprise the role in a 1956 film version.
The Harvard-educated Kerr also played a district attorney on TV in "Peyton Place" in the mid-1960s. After leaving show business, he became a lawyer specializing in personal injury law.
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