ONE BECOMES ACCUSTOMED TO THE DARKNESS…
Although recognised as part of Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe cycle, The Haunted Palace has a much more significant place in film history for being the first high-profile adaptation of the work of H.P. Lovecraft, in this case his novella The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.
Ward is one of two characters played by Vincent Price, the other being Ward’s great-great-grandfather Joseph Curwen, burned as a warlock 110 years before. When Ward returns to the village of Arkham to reclaim the family mansion, his striking resemblance to his ancestor is just the first of many macabre events that proceed to unfold, including the screen debut of Lovecraft’s legendary Necronomicon. As before, Corman and his team worked wonders with their modest budget, with Daniel Haller’s sets amongst the most elaborate in all the Poe cycle, enhanced by genuinely creepy moments such as the crowd of deformed villagers still living under Curwen’s curse.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM / Original uncompressed Mono PCM Audio / Optional isolated music and effects track / Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing / Audio commentary by Vincent Price s biographer David Del Valle and writer Derek Botelho / Kim Newman on H.P. Lovecraft, a look at the relationship between Lovecraft and the cinema, and the challenges of adapting his work / A Change of Poe, an interview with Roger Corman / Stills and Poster Gallery / Original Theatrical Trailer / Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin / Collector s booklet containing new writing on the film by Roger Luckhurst, illustrated with original archive stills.