Made for television in 1972, An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe is little more than a filmed one-man show, featuring dramatic readings of four of Poe's classic, and most chilling, tales. What makes this particular show so enticing, however, is that all of the readings are performed by that master of horror, Mr. Vincent Price!
Price does an excellent job with these four stories, bringing his personal brand of the macabre to each and every one. His wild-eyed flamboyance in “The Tell-Tale Heart” will send shivers up your spine, and he adds a hint of humor to the brief, yet engaging “The Sphinx”. With “The Cask of Amontillado”, my personal favorite of Poe's short stories, Price plays both of the tale's major roles (the murderour Montressor and the doomed Fortunato) with real gusto. Finally, we have “The Pit and the Pendulum”, which formed the basis of a film of the same title that Price starred in in 1961.
Clocking in at just under an hour, An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe is a highly engaging stage show, offering four short stories penned by an American legend, and told by a true icon of Hollywood horror.
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