Janne the Director’s Favorite Rare Movies Top 100 List #47: The Comedy of Terrors (1963)
47. Comedy of Terrors [DVD] (1963)
Sometimes a cast can make a movie and the cast in this is certainly just too fun to miss out on – with a giggleworthy awesome plot to boot:
Vincent Price (2nd time in this list!) and Peter Lorre are undertakers but not enough people are dying in their small town; so they take care of it by killing people themselves. It’s kind of how Wall Street’s been handling the economic situation lately, but more fun.
They stumble into trouble in Itchy & Scratchy territory when they come across the very hard to kill Basil Rathbone. I love him almost as much as I love Price and Lorre, he was the best actor ever to portray Sherlock Holmes and it’s great fun to see his goofier side here. Take note Robert Downing Jr.: You can take serious roles and goofy roles SEPERATELY! You don’t always have to be both.
As if that wasn’t enough Vincent has Boris “Not Bela” Karloff for a senile father-in-law that wants to be killed but his daughter keeps getting in the way of Vincent’s attempts. Something that makes him hate his wife even though she is played by the gorgeous Joyce Jameson (who is another actor from Death Race 2000, a movie yet to come on this list!).
Not enough for you? It’s directed by Jacques Tourneur who also did I Walked With a Zombie and the original Cat People! I’d recommend this to everybody who likes The Munsters, Burke and Hare, The Addams Family, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Roger Corman, Hammer Films, films, me and fun times!
It’s the kind of sleazy film that feels classy. Like a fine whisky in a dirty bottle. Or is it the other way around?
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