July 4, 1962 in US cinemas: Tales Of Terror/Panic In Year Zero! double bill

“A TRILOGY OF SHOCK AND HORROR!”

Tales_Of_Terror-1962Tales of Terror is an American International Pictures horror film, shot in colour and Panavision, that was produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff, James H. Nicholson, and Roger Corman, who also directed. The screenplay was written by Richard Matheson, and the film stars Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Basil Rathbone. It is the fourth in the so-called Corman-Poe cycle of eight films largely featuring adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe stories directed by Corman for AIP. The film was released in on a double bill with Panic in Year Zero!.

The film uses an anthology format, presenting three short sequences based on the Cinema-US-07-04-1962following Poe tales: “Morella”, “The Black Cat” (which is combined with another Poe tale, “The Cask of Amontillado”), and “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar”. Each sequence is introduced via voiceover narration by Price, who also appears in all three narratives.

The three stories in the film took a total of three weeks to film. For the conclusion of “Morella”, Corman reused some sets and event footage from the fiery climax of House of Usher. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the James Banner YouTube Channel.

“An orgy of looting and lust… “A”-DAY…when civilization came to an end!”

Panic_In_Year_Zero!-1962Panic in Year Zero! (a.k.a. End of the World) is an American black-and-white science fiction film from American International Pictures, produced by Arnold Houghland and Lou Rusoff, directed by Ray Milland, who also stars with Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon, Mary Mitchel and Joan Freeman. The original music score was composed by Les Baxter. The screenplay was written by John Morton and Jay Simms. The film was released in a double bill with Tales of Terror. [Wikipedia]

While on a fishing trip, Harry Baldwin (Milland) and his family hear an explosion and realize that Los Angeles has been leveled by a nuclear attack. Looters and killers are everywhere. Escaping to the hills with his family, he sets about the business of surviving in a world where, he knows, the old ideals of humanity will be first casualties. Not one to give up, he holds up a store for supplies and hides the family in a cave. [IMDB]

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Watch the trailer on the Movieclips Trailer Vault YouTube Channel.

 

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