After the success of The Fall of the House of Usher, director Roger Corman, screenwriter Richard Matheson and star Vincent Price re-teamed for another classic adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe story.
After the death of his sister, Francis (John Kerr) comes calling on her husband, Don Medina (Price) for some answers.
Kerr is rather annoying and abrasive, but Price is marvelous playing a subtle variation on his patented tormented nobleman routine. And then there is Barbara Steele as
Corman offers up loads of atmosphere and the distorted red and purple tinted flashbacks are excellent. Although the film takes it’s time to get going, the payoff is more than worthwhile as the torture chamber finale is some of Corman’s best work. The pendulum sequence is especially memorable and the final shot is a doozy.
Corman returned the next year (without Price) for another Poe adaptation, Premature Burial.