Unusual Tales

1949 [FRENCH]

Horror / Mystery

IMDb Rating 6.3 10 65

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Reviewed by BandSAboutMovies 4 / 10


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.

Reviewed by happytrigger-64-390517 6 / 10

unextraordinary tales

Jean Faurez's filmography is a mystery : a dozen short documentaries and eight totally different movies (6 in the 40's, 2 in the 60's) from the best ("la Fille en gris", "Service de nuit") to the forgettable (well this "Histoires Extraordinaires..."). When having seen his best movies, I thought "Histoires Extraordinaires..." would be a fine entertainment, but the usual only connoisseur reviewer in french movie on imdb warned that it's finally rather dull. And so it is, "the Tell tale heart" is to forget being so far from Jules Dassin's Version, it totally lacks of frightening treatment, as in the first short. The confrontation of Fernand Ledoux and Jules Berry could have been great, it's just flat in the main sequence of Berry being buried alive. Same for the last short, completely flat, except maybe the final diner scene with guests boozing wine and receiving a huge case of Bordeaux Grand Cru from which appears the lost corpse : is it possible Clouzot has seen this morbid apparition, it really reminds me of Paul Meurisse come back in "les Diaboliques"?

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