Maggie Pierce

  • Roger Corman – Tales of Terror (1962) (HD)

    A capital summarization of Roger Corman’s Poe cycle. The model is L’Amore, the meditation on the director’s art in contrasting moods addressed by the actor — Magnani playing urbane and then peasant for Rossellini, Vincent Price fitting Corman’s sense of the grotesque into august and absurdist guises. Morella, the first tale, gives a deft synthesis of House of Usher and The Pit and the Pendulum. Maggie Pierce enters a crumbling castle, inside are tarantulas in crimson chalices and a cake wrapped in cobwebs, Price is her grief-consumed father, her dead mother (Leona Gage) looms in spirit (an overseeing portrait) and in the flesh (a mummy in the boudoir); the vengeful past averts family healing, so the climax mates incest with necrophilia amid the flames.Read More »

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