The tower is the place to find murder, plots, sex and scandals. It also houses a dying king, he has passed the throne to a level headed man and not to his brother, the evil and manipulative Richard (Scheming and sly legend of lore and acting great Vincent Price). The problem is that the evil man monster has other plans and sets about bumping off those in his way. He kills and kills again to get his palms on the throne. This extends even as far as the murder of innocent little children, well two innocent children…in their beds…
The principle thing to remember about these films are that they are of a period and of a movement that saw Roger Corman (an extremely influential film producer) become significant. He made some great American Gothic films and did so with a wit and a whim that is great fun. This is not of that wit or whim in my opinion. It is a lot more driven by shallow stereotypes and dull story telling. Price lacks the direction he deserved and as such gives a one dimensional strut. The sets are poorly concieved and dull for the eye.
All in all this is the back end of the pairs work and Cormans talents are evident in real measure. This means that for a film fan of the era then you know whats coming but for a film explorer I would say avoid with aplumb…Arrow have almost given us the completist film collection of Roger Corman and in a way are doing a dis service to the better works available. The print looks great and sounds very nice, the commentary is average and the interview has been done better….
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
- Original 1.0 mono audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray)
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Brand-new audio commentary by Vincent Price’s biographer David Del Valle and Tara Gordon, daughter of actor-screenwriter Leo Gordon
- Interview with director Roger Corman
- Producing Tower of London, an archive interview with producer Gene Corman
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford