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The Haunted Palace

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Original title
The Haunted Palace
Running time
87 min.
United States United States
Charles Beaumont, Francis Ford Coppola (Story: H.P. Lovecraft. Stories: Edgar Allan Poe)
Ronald Stein
Floyd Crosby
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American International Pictures (AIP) / La Honda Productions
Horror | Supernatural
Movie Groups
H.P. Lovecraft Adaptations | Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
In the small New England town of Arkham, the townspeople discover Joseph Curwen has taken a local girl and is preparing to use her in blasphemous rituals to interbreed humans with the Elder Gods, something that will allow the Gods to have dominion over the Earth again. Curwen is dragged out and burnt at the stake. He dies cursing the locals, saying he will return to haunt their children’s children. 110 years later and Curwen’s descendant Charles Dexter Ward and his wife Ann arrive in Arkham to inherit the Curwen mansion but are afforded a frosty welcome by the locals. In the mansion, the weak Ward’s mind is taken over by the spirit of Curwen, emanating from a portrait over the mantle. Using Ward, Curwen again sets about on his blasphemous mission again, while taking revenge on the descendants of those that burned him.
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