Twice Told Tales (1963)

Twice Told Tales
Directed by Sidney Salkow
Written by Robert E. Kent from stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1963/USA
Robert E. Kent Productions
First viewing/Netflix rental

 

Beatrice Rappaccini: Your daughter is a fine specimen, too, isn’t she father? A specimen of the most deadly thing that was ever given life.

Vicent Price stars in an omnibus production of three mildly scary tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The first story comes from “Dr. Heddiger’s Experiment” in which a scientist (Sebastian Cabot) who lost his beloved on their wedding day comes across a liquid that can turn back time.  The second, is “Rappaccini’s Daughter”.  A scientist (Price) seeks to keep his child eternally faithful buy making her very touch deadly poison.  The final story is from the novel The House of the Seven Gables, about a family cursed through many generations by its greed and evil.

I don’t have much to say about this one.  It is OK, with Price in fine form.  There are more horror moments than perhaps Hawthorne intended but it’s a little too camp to be really chilling.

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