Histoires Extraordinaires à Faire Peur ou à Faire Rire… (1949)

A group of policemen is tracking down the criminals behind three murder cases. There’s a cutthroat killing young women, a madman that hid his deformed landlord’s corpse in the floor and a wine aficionado who has buried his friend alive.

If you read that and said, “Two of those stories sound like “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado,” you’re right. One of the other stories is based on “Murder Considered as One of the FIne Arts” by Thomas De Quincey, whose book Suspiria de Profundi inspired, well, you can guess from the title, right? He also wrote Confessions of an English Opium Eater. The other story comes from Baudelaire.

I like that this film doesn’t try to just be horror, but instead is a police film with the captain trying to frighten the new recruits with a series of stories.

I’ve watched more than a few Poe movies lately. This isn’t the best, nor is it the worst. Luckily, if you get Severin’s Tales of the Uncanny blu ray you can watch it and enjoy it along with a fun documentary and a few others movies.

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