The Haunting of Morella

Synopsis: A witch is put to death in Colonial America, leaving her husband and infant daughter behind. Seventeen years later, the daughter has grown up and stands to inherit money set up by her mother's family. Now that the stage is set, the mother wants to return to life by taking over her daughter's body.
Director(s): Jim Wynorski
Production: Concorde/New Horizons Home Video
82 min

And the ghostly winds whispered

but one sound upon my tortured ears.../i

Morella... evermore

Edgar Allan Poe

Morella Locke! You have been found guilty of

witchcraft, blasphemy and murder.

Therefore it is the judgement to this club union

to be sentenced to death...

as proscribed by law.

Do you have anything to say before this assembly?

Gideon Locke!

Yes, my husband, I speak to you!

Mark well our daughter, I shall

live on within her!

One day she and I will

live as one!

To welcome you to the

gates of hell!

Look into her eyes!

She has the power to control men's minds.

This is barbaric! No one has been executed

for witchcraft in the county for 40 years!

She has lived as a witch! And she

shall die as a witch!


Now shall her eyes be put out.

So even after her death she may cast no more evil spells.

She shall stay there for

a fortnight.

A warning to all who will

follow in her wicked ways!

Come, Gideon.

No. Do not torment yourself

further, my friend.

I will take care of interring

her remains.


No. I shall build a tomb on

the very spot where she died.

May Morella live in peace.

For eternity.

Edgar Allan Poe's

The Haunting of Morella

Seventeen years later

- Yes Sir?

- I have an appointment with Gideon Locke.

Yes, you're expected.

If you follow me please, Mr Chapman.

Forgive me Sir, I...

...sometimes forget my appearance.

It's an honour fo finally

meet you, Sir!

Your message stated that you have

an important transaction with me?

Actually, Sir, this concerns

your daughter Lenora.

I see.

As you probably know, a trust fund was

set up by your late wife's family -

- prior to the birth of your daughter.

According to the specifications set down,

Lenora is to come into that inheritance

on her 18th birthday.

I understand the event will

take place in three days.

Yes, on the 24th.

I have some papers that require

her signature at that time.

I'd like Lenora to look them

over beforehand.

May I ask your age, Mr Chapman?

My age? 27.

Now, if I may see Lenora?

I'm sorry, I absolutely

forbid it.

- But Sir, I...

- Young man, you will leave this

house immediately!

All further transactions will

be conducted by letter.

Is that understood?

Sir, if I have offended you

in any way...

- Quintis!

- Yes?

This young man is leaving now.

You will see him out.

Yes, Sir.

I have left the papers requiring

Lenora's signature on the table.

Good day, Sir!

The portrait!


No, Sir. Mr Locke's late wife.


He's a handsome young man!


I wonder what he wanted?

You can daydream about him later.

Come. Let us get back to our

lessons on Spain.

Uh, geography.

What's the point of learning about the world

when I'm never allowed to leave these grounds?

Some day you may travel and see

all the places we read about.

Some day? Not if father

has any say in things!

If you make faces like that, no

young man will ever come to call!


I was saving this for your birthday.

But you can have it now for a smile!

For me! What is it?

You'll have to open it to find out.

It's beautiful!

Thank you, Miss Deveraux!

How does it look?


King's knight takes bishop.

I must confess, Gideon, your powers of

concentration never cease to amaze me!

- It's as if you could still see!

- Yes, it is my curse!

- Your laudeanum, Mr Locke!

- Laudeanum?

Yes, Mr Locke's having

difficulties sleeping.

I see.

Now, if you have no further need for

me tonight I'll be in my room, Mr Locke.

- Good night.

- Doctor.

Time for all proper young ladies

to be in their beds. Lenora?

Can't I practice a little longer?

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.Poe was born in Boston, the second child of two actors. His father abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother died the following year. Thus orphaned, the child was taken in by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia. They never formally adopted him, but Poe was with them well into young adulthood. Tension developed later as John Allan and Edgar repeatedly clashed over debts, including those incurred by gambling, and the cost of secondary education for the young man. Poe attended the University of Virginia but left after a year due to lack of money. Poe quarreled with Allan over the funds for his education and enlisted in the Army in 1827 under an assumed name. It was at this time that his publishing career began, albeit humbly, with the anonymous collection Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only to "a Bostonian". With the death of Frances Allan in 1829, Poe and Allan reached a temporary rapprochement. However, Poe later failed as an officer cadet at West Point, declaring a firm wish to be a poet and writer, and he ultimately parted ways with John Allan. Poe switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism. His work forced him to move among several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. In Richmond in 1836, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin. In January 1845, Poe published his poem "The Raven" to instant success. His wife died of tuberculosis two years after its publication. For years, he had been planning to produce his own journal The Penn (later renamed The Stylus), though he died before it could be produced. Poe died in Baltimore on October 7, 1849, at age 40; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, "brain congestion", cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents.Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields such as cosmology and cryptography. Poe and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today. The Mystery Writers of America present an annual award known as the Edgar Award for distinguished work in the mystery genre. more…

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