3/10. Here's why:
TALES OF TERROR is an anthology with 3 segments. MORELLA is scary but, because of its subject, it could (and should) have been deeper. THE BLACK CAT doesn’t belong in this movie. It’s a comedy that tries to scare only 2 or 3 times. Director Roger Corman said that he wanted to “break things up by adding humour”. That’s fine, but add comic relief; don’t turn the whole thing into a comedy! THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR is the worst of the 3. I mean, if you make an anthology that starts with supernatural horror and psychological horror, you can't expect the audience to then be scared by a *beep* hypnosis session. Yes, VALDEMAR rises from the dead, but he does that at the end. By then, it’s too late. At least THE BLACK HAT had 1 or 2 scares before the last part. Also, the way VALDEMAR comes back and the way he attacks CARMICHAEL is so similar to what happens in MORELLA that it felt like recycling concepts.
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