Twice Told Tales

Synopsis: 3 horror stories based on the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the 1st story titled "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment", Heidegger attempts to restore the youth of three elderly friends. In "Rappaccini's Daughter", Vincent Price plays a demented father innoculating his daughter with poison so she may never leave her garden of poisonous plants. In the final story "The House of the Seven Gables", The Pyncheon family suffers from a hundred year old curse and while in the midst of arguing over inheritance, the Pyncheon brother kills his sister.
Director(s): Sidney Salkow
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
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120 min

Water dripping down.

The storm must've

cracked the ceiling.

Come help me put

the coffin back.


No, Carl,

it can't be.

Not after

all these years.

She would be dust.

That's all

that would be left.

Yes, I know.

But it is Sylvia.

We both know that.

Just as beautiful.

Oh, Carl, put the lid

back on the coffin

and let's get out of here.

I'm a doctor,


I have to know what

preserved her body.

It's sacrilegious.



The flesh is firm,

no decomposition.

But why?

It isn't the air in here.

This vault isn't

a vacuum.

Please, let's--





It's still wet as though water

had been dripping on it.

But, of course.

It rained hard tonight,

there'd be seepage

from the hill above.

No, no, no,


To cause a groove

such as this,

water would've had

to drip on this coffin

for a great number

of years.

38 years,


You mean, ever since

Sylvia was put in here?


The coffin is wet inside.

The water must

have seeped in

through that hole,

and kept it saturated.

You can't believe

that just plain water

would keep

Sylvia looking--

I didn't say

it was just plain water.

Old age is

catching up

with you.

I say that we go

inside and finish

our wine. Go!

I thought my enthusiasm

for research

had gone

a long time ago.

And now,

here is a challenge

that tells me

I'm still alive enough

to be curious.


Simply impossible.

This liquid

absolutely defies analysis.

It looks like water.

It tastes like water,

but it isn't water.

At least,

not as man knows it.

You can drink that

if you like.

I need something

more familiar:


high mineral content.

Sulfur, and practically

no bacteria count.

Can it be

that this liquid is some

sort of strong germicidal?

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Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne (; né Hathorne; July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864) was an American novelist, dark romantic, and short story writer. He was born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts to Nathaniel Hathorne and the former Elizabeth Clarke Manning. His ancestors include John Hathorne, the only judge involved in the Salem witch trials who never repented of his actions. He entered Bowdoin College in 1821, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1824, and graduated in 1825. He published his first work in 1828, the novel Fanshawe; he later tried to suppress it, feeling that it was not equal to the standard of his later work. He published several short stories in periodicals, which he collected in 1837 as Twice-Told Tales. The next year, he became engaged to Sophia Peabody. He worked at the Boston Custom House and joined Brook Farm, a transcendentalist community, before marrying Peabody in 1842. The couple moved to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, later moving to Salem, the Berkshires, then to The Wayside in Concord. The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850, followed by a succession of other novels. A political appointment as consul took Hawthorne and family to Europe before their return to Concord in 1860. Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, and was survived by his wife and their three children. Much of Hawthorne's writing centers on New England, many works featuring moral metaphors with an anti-Puritan inspiration. His fiction works are considered part of the Romantic movement and, more specifically, dark romanticism. His themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his works often have moral messages and deep psychological complexity. His published works include novels, short stories, and a biography of his college friend Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States. more…

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