Extraordinary Tales


Action / Animation / Mystery


Uploaded By: LINUS
Downloaded 24,549 times
March 30, 2016 at 09:48 PM



Christopher Lee as Narrator: The Fall of the House of Usher
Guillermo del Toro as Narrator: The Pit and the Pendulum
Julian Sands as Narrator: The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
Roger Corman as Prince Prospero
720p 1080p
539.37 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 13 min
P/S 4 / 13
1.11 GB
23.976 fps
1hr 13 min
P/S 3 / 15

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by kosmasp 6 / 10

Different Poe

You get Poe as animated as ever could be a pun, some might wanna make watching this. Seriously though: Poe interpreted by different artists and therefor different styles is a mixed bag as could be expected. First of all you have to like animation and horror to even think about watching this. If not you may want to stay clear of this, which also has a lot of Horror talent at voicing department.

The different animation styles can also be viewed as a curse (no pun intended) or a blessing. Some might have wanted one style throughout the whole thing, I personally like the change and the different approaches. But it's important you know before deciding to watch this. Especially if it's not your thing.

Depending on your knowledge of Poe, you will have a different degree of information concerning the plots of the stories. Whatever that will do to your viewing pleasure

Reviewed by gjenevieve 8 / 10

Very nice

When it comes to horror films, I like the old ones with actors like Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, etc. I am not at all a fan of the ones like Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc. I am a fan of Edgar Allen Poe. When I saw this title and that it was based on Poe's stories as well as having Christopher Lee and Bela Lugosi, I had to watch it.

This is a series of 5 individual stories. It is not one continuous movie. Each story is narrated by a different person and each one has its own animation style.

The first one is The House of Usher narrated by Christopher Lee. I was immediately enthralled. My heart was pounding a bit harder and I was holding my breath just a bit throughout the whole first story. I really liked the animation style they used. The choice of Christopher Lee was perfect. He did an amazing job of telling the story and the story was written well. The whole thing was so good, that I was ready to give this a 10 rating.

The second was The Tell-Tale Heart. This one had Bela Lugosi doing the narration. Another reviewer pointed out that they used an old recording of Bela Lugosi and that you can hear the scratches. I agree with this reviewer that this was also perfect. If they had cleaned up the recording it just would not have been as good. I was not as pleased with the animation on this story. However, at this point I was still ready to give this a 10 rating.

The third story is The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar which was narrated by Julian Sands. I liked their choice of narrator and I was pleased with the animation for this story. I thought that the story was well written and everything flowed well. A 10 rating was still available at this point.

The fourth story was The Pit and the Pendulum. The Pit and the Pendulum story I remember was the one with Vincent Price, so I was really quite surprised by this one. Perhaps it has just been way too long since I saw the Vincent Price movie but I did not recognize this version of the story. However, the animation and the narration was done well. I feel that the choice of narrator was good. Because I was a bit confused by this version of the story (and perhaps this is actually more true to Poe's story), I down-rated it to a 9 1/2.

Then came the final story. The Masque of the Red Death. This was supposed to be narrated by Roger Corman, but he actually only said one line. The entire thing was just animated story without any actual narration. I felt quite lost throughout this one. I liked the animation, but I felt that it would have been a lot better if they actually had a story for the narrator to narrate.

Throughout the entire movie, there were short bits where Death and Poe were talking. I again agree with one of the other reviewers that they should have chosen a different actor to do the voice of Poe. The conversation between Death and Poe was okay, but nothing really gripping.

Because of the lack of any story narration in the 5th story and because they could have done better with the conversation between Death and Poe, I ended up giving this an 8/10. It's too bad, because for a great deal of this movie, I was ready to give it a 10.

Reviewed by (mikebos) 8 / 10

Great Atmosphere, Plus One Real Gem Of A Segment

Before I begin my review, I just have to make a statement. You wouldn't ask a vegetarian to review a steak house, or a film maker to tell you how to fix your car. So, when you see reviews from philistines complaining about the 'quality of the audio recording of Bela Lugosi', or complaining about the animation style, just picture the reviewer as a fully snow-suited Eskimo in a sauna, and ignore their complaints. Moving on...

I saw this when it was first released to streaming services, and wrote down my thoughts in an Edgar Allan Poe Facebook group. Now that it's on Netflix, I've revisited, and re-experienced a lot of the same feelings. Here are my thoughts:

1) There is a great atmosphere of dread, or "October, the season of death" as Ray Bradbury may call it, over the entire anthology. I love this. Very "sparse" feeling, if that makes sense.

2) I really like the original wraparound story. In fact, once the two main characters were positively identified, I found that the wraparound was probably the most creepy and thoughtful of all presentations in the film. However, I don't believe that the voice actor was well chosen to portray the character that he was supposed to be. They needed a more fitting voice for the foreboding style, instead of one that sounds like a generic television family dad. Also, the character's dialogue should've been more poetic. It was too plain for the character portrayed.

3) The Tell-Tale Heart segment is simply awesome. They take Bela Lugosi's original audio recording of his reading of the story (from the 1930s, I believe), complete with scratches and audio artifacts, layered over a modern musical score, and very noir-ish / Frank Miller-ish animation. It would've harmed the piece if they removed the scratches and audio artifacts from Lugosi's reading. I'm glad they didn't.

4) All stories in the film had narration and/or voice-overs, except for the final story, The Masque Of The Red Death. The only voice in the entire piece is Prince Prospero (Roger Corman) when he spots The Red Death. I believe it was a huge mistake to not narrate the story. It would've been much better to hear Poe's words while seeing the visual. Without the narration, it's almost more of a background piece than an actual story. Although the visual is still beautiful.

5) The fade-to-black, fade-to-zero decibel bumpers/dividers between stories and wraparound pieces created too much of a division between sections. They should've run together better. It was almost as if it was 5 separate episodes, instead of a continuous anthology, as was intended.

I would definitely recommend it for any fan of Poe. Or even as an introduction to Poe for anybody who hasn't yet become a fan of his.

Read more IMDb reviews


Be the first to leave a comment