Tall, Dark, and Dead – 87 – Tales of Terror: The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar / Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Terror: The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
Title: Tales of Terror: The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar / Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Terror: The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
Director: Roger Corman
Leads: Vincent Price, Debra Paget, Basil Rathbone
Favorite quote: “I know it is all honorable, and I love you both the more for it.”
Thoughts: The next two entries are going to be shorts, simply because Netflix kept shoving them in my face and I wanted to power through them and banish them from my queue.
That said: THIS SHORT HAS BOTH VINCENT PRICE AND BASIL RATHBONE.
TO ONE ANOTHER.
…ahem. Where was I? Oh yes.
This short is based on the Poe story, and, while not exactly true to the original, is still entertaining. The plot concerns the hypnosis of a man at the exact moment of his death, after which his body is kept about as a sort of putrid urn for the remains of his consciousness or soul. Thus I suppose he could be viewed as a sort of voodoo zombie, with the mesmerist, Carmichael, in control.
Of course the best part comes at the end, when the trapped and victimized Valdemar manages to drag himself from his deathbed in order to protect his widow, upon whom Carmichael has long had designs. As he does so, Valdemar transfigures from an icy-white corpse into a thing worthy of Tar Man’s attention, dripping and rotted. Awesome stuff.