***** out of 5
Perhaps one of the most genuinely creepy of the always-entertaining series of Poe-based films starring Vincent Price as directed by Roger Corman. This one actually has some decent jump scares-- including what may be one of cinema's most terrifying sneezes ever recorded.
This one is great entertainment on a dark and stormy night, and will make you look askance at any cats you may encounter after viewing it. After a grim and foreboding start, it build slowly to a crescendo that reached fever-dream pitch by the time it reaches its fiery climax and chilling finale.