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Tell Tale Heart 1934

49 mins United Kingdom Director. Brian Desmond Hurst

Inspired, nightmarish adaptation of the famous Edgar Allan Poe short story about a madman recounting how and why he murdered an elderly relative - it was all the fault of the latter's diseased eye. The acting may be as wooden as the settings, and some love interest is unnecessary, but the atmosphere is kept suitably lurid, and the taut, imaginative direction of Brian Desmond Hurst keeps the film as sharp as the killer's knife.

Although the precise relationship between the two characters is never specified in the Poe story, in this version they are described as being relatives.

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Directed by

Brian Desmond Hurst

Featuring

Yolande Terrell

John Kelt

Norman Dryden

Genres

Horror

Tags

Adaptations

Collection

Love is a Devil Halloween Unavailable on DVD Forgotten Features

Released

1934

Country

United Kingdom

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