That this film comes double-billed in R1 with Masque of the Red Death is, as they say, the icing on the cake. If anything I actually think this is a better film - more tense, darker, with a more satisfying conclusion. Ray Milland replaces Vincent Price after contractural issues between AIP and Croman, but no-one need worry that anything is lost. In fact, it's quite easy in your minds eye to see how Price would have played this role (quite different from Milland), and I think Corman was very fortunate to get the man he did. The movie is really marked by the swirling mists, the claustrophobia of a the limited sets (which actually work for the movie, given the obsession of the lead), and of course those wonderful performances. I've never tried to rate the Poe films, but I'd be surpised if this wasn't somewhere near the top. It's tight, frightening in places, and has a couple of real chills. The DVD is pretty good, if not reference quality - and stay well away from the trailer because it has far too many spoilers... It's interesting to think about the whole look and feel of Hammer films, and to compare and contrast them with the Corman Poe films..... both were clearly on to something, and to have one set without the other is unthinkable. Excellent one this.