Friday, July 29, 2011

MASTER OF HORROR / Jack H. Harris Enterprises - 1965

Welcome to Friday Night Drive-In with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. Tonite's offering is a fairly obscure (not even 1 review on IMDb!) flick made in Argentina and produced by Jack H. Harris. Jack had already made THE BLOB, THE 4-D MAN and DINOSAURUS. I swear, there was supposed to be another Blob movie recently, I wonder what happened to that project?!

Hey, I used to have that poster! This movie was originally paired with another Harris production, MASTER OF TERROR, which is none other than a renamed version of THE 4-D MAN!! Pretty danged slick, Jack.

I know, the title card says 'The' Master Of Horror! There are no credits for the music. Obviously, it's stock music from who knows where, so, my job's like, done here...

Lettuce now bring in our littlest Dungeon helper and buddy, the one, the only, sure 'nuf, itz... Rufus The Gnat!! Yippie, yappie, yahooie!.. Rufus is all set to push the big red 'GO' button and start the show, so, push the button now, Rufus! Here's... MASTER OF HORROR!

The movie's a trilogy of the Edgar Allen Poe stories, "The Case Of Mr. Valdemar," "The Cask Of Amontillado" and "The Tell-Tale Heart." It starts with the house maid sitting down to read some stories on a stormy night, horror stories by Edgar Allan Poe, that is!..

In "The Case Of Mr. Valdemar," a noted physician tries out some of his new hypnotic experiments on a woman at a mental hospital. Dude looks like Barry Manilow, or, visa versa!

Then, he finds out Mr. Valdemar's dark secret... Valdemar looks like Dick Miller in THE TERROR!

I'm comin' to join you, Elizabeth!..

He tampered in God's domain!..

"The Cask Of Amontillado" has a timely tale to tell, all about what can happen when a stranger comes to town for the wine festival and then seduces your wife... Oh, by the way, big boobs make excellent pillows!

The plan is so simple for inn keeper hubby, invite lover boy down to your wine cellar and get him drunk, so drunk that he passes out...

And, when he wakes from his drunken stupor, he finds this...

Hubby s'plains that he was spying on them as they made love in the forest!

He shows the doomed man that now he can spend eternity with his lover! And, he will just tell the police that you both ran away together, so devilish!!!

The last story is "The Tell-Tale Heart." This grisled old shop keeper has hired his nephew to assist him there.

It is the nephew's duty to make sure all the clocks are wound daily and that they all chime exactly at the same time, he wants perfection!!.. Wow, perverted old men!

In the meantime, the nephew's only friend, a handicapped boy, has died mysteriously. Uncle seems to be thrilled for some reason.

Nephew notices imperfection with uncle's crippled hand and blind eye. That night, the nephew puts a pillow over the face of his uncle and puts a stop to his annoying, beating heart!

Officials come to ask questions about the disappearance of the shop keeper.

The nephew tries to explain but is quite insane himself!

The nephew spills the beans, so, they pull up the floor planks and find uncle resting there!


Christopher said...

this looks like something I might have seen on "Rodney and the Count",late night horror host show, back in the blurry early 70s..They specialized in alot of those obscure euro titles and characters with names like Karnstein and Count Regular! :o))

Eegah!! said...

I actually memorized the entire poem by Edgar Allen Poe, "The Cask of Amontillado" in high school for a speech class! It was a bitch!

TABONGA! said...

That's why I'd NEVER take a speech class, what torture! Nicht fur mir, danke!

Anonymous said...

This movie was a vehicle to show spanish actor Narciso Ibañez Menta (1912-2004) and his ability for make up. He plays the hypnotist in the first story, the husband in the second one and the miser in the last tale. He was very famous in Argentina through his t.v. horror shows. He always made up himself and his creation of the Phantom of the Opera in 1960 is still remembered in my country. Marcelo.

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