Tales of Terror

1962 film by Roger Corman

Tales of Terror is a 1962 film about three terrifying stories that involve a grieving widower and the daughter he abandoned; a drunkard and his wife's black cat; and a hypnotist who prolongs the moment of a man's death.

A Trilogy of Shock and Horror!
Directed by Roger Corman. Written by Richard Matheson, based on fiction by Edgar Allan Poe.
A Trilogy of Shock and Horror!  (taglines)


  • This is the beat of a human heart. Sit very still and listen. Is your heart beating in this same rhythm? You are experiencing the heartbeat of a dying man. And it is with death and dying that we concern ourselves. What happens at the point of death? What happens afterwards? What happens after death to someone who does not choose to stay dead, someone like Morella?
  • And what is it that happens just before death which leads inexorably to that death? Our second tale provides one roguish answer to that question in the story of a man who hated a cat. The Black Cat.
  • What exactly is it that occurs within the moment of death, especially to a man within that moment who is not permitted to die, as in the case of Mr. Valdemar?


Montresor Herringbone: Give me my money!
Annabel Herringbone: There is no money, Montresor. You haven't worked in seventeen years.


  • A Trilogy of Shock and Horror!


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