Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Not really a movie, An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe is a videotaped 90-minute TV special starring Vincent Price. Appearing solo, Price recites several vintage Poe tales, including The Black Cat, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Cask of Amontillado. Price is dressed in period costume and performs before 19th century sets, but the stories are staged as "reader's theatre," with only an occasional visual representation. The best of the batch is Cask of Amontillado, which Price relates with giggling glee rather than with the haunted, tormented interpretation utilized by most actors. An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe was a Halloween fixture of local TV stations during the mid-1970s.
storyteller, stories, costume