Synopsis: A man inherits a large, palace estate from an ancestor and decides to visit it. What he doesn’t know is his ancestor was a warlock who cursed the local village 110 years earlier and is looking to return from the grave by possessing his body.
Who’s in it? The movie stars Vincent Price, Debra Paget, Frank Maxwell and Lon Chaney Jr.
Review: “The Haunted Palace” was a bit of an unusual choice for my daughter and me because we normally prefer monster movies during our father/daughter movie nights. However, when I read the description of this film, I thought it sounded somewhat intriguing and I figured it would be worth a shot. As it turns out, it was one of the best movies we’ve watched together.
I’m actually not a huge Vincent Price fan. However, he was fantastic in this particular film. He had to play two characters that were completely opposite from each other but, because they inhabit the same body, looked exactly alike. That is not an easy task yet, through mostly body movement, he was able to make each character easy to identify. I gained new respect for him as a result of that.
My daughter and I also loved Debra Paget in this movie and were very impressed with the surprise love story. Paget’s character was abused both verbally and physically but refused to give up on her husband and kept pushing for the truth. It was great seeing a strong female character in a movie like this rather than one that just screams or faints when there’s danger.
Another thing we found we liked about this movie were the various monsters, ranging from mutated and zombie-like citizens to that strange sea creature hiding below the castle. We weren’t expecting it to be a monster movie but were pleasantly surprised when we discovered, at least in some ways, it was.
Final Opinion: This movie doesn’t have top-notch special effects and makeup. However, mostly because of fantastic acting, it is a film that kept us on the edge of our seats. If you have a chance to watch it, I would recommend it.
My Grade: A