"The Comedy of Terrors," a 1963 black comedy film directed by Jacques Tourneur, stars a talented ensemble cast. Vincent Price takes on the role of Waldo Trumbull, a greedy and unscrupulous undertaker who stops at nothing to make money. He is joined by Peter Lorre as Felix Gillie, his bumbling and alcoholic assistant who often complicates their schemes. Boris Karloff portrays Amos Hinchley, an elderly and hard-of-hearing landlord who becomes a target for Waldo and Felix's money-making schemes. Joyce Jameson plays Amaryllis Trumbull, Waldo's neglected and frustrated wife who despises her husband's unethical business practices. Finally, Basil Rathbone appears as John F. Black, a rival undertaker who becomes embroiled in a comedic rivalry with Waldo.
In this darkly humorous tale, Waldo and Felix concoct a series of schemes to create new business for their failing funeral home, resorting to unethical and comically dark methods to generate clients, including hastening the demise of their landlord, Amos Hinchley. However, their plans often go awry, leading to a series of hilarious and macabre mishaps. "The Comedy of Terrors" is a classic example of 1960s horror-comedy that combines witty dialogue with slapstick comedy and is a must-see for fans of the genre.
Vincent Price as Waldo Trumbull
Peter Lorre as Felix Gillie
Boris Karloff as Amos Hinchley
Joyce Jameson as Amaryllis Trumbull
Basil Rathbone as John F. Black