Spirits of the Dead
Spirits of the Dead (1969)

This film features adaptations of three short stories by Edgar Allan Poe. In "Metzengerstein," a woman believes a horse possesses her dead cousin's spirit; "William Wilson" focuses on an Army officer who murders his… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: July 23, 1969
DVD Release Date: February 4, 1999
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Chris Petit
Time Out

Only Fellini (Toby Dammit) really manages to make much of his source.

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Ronald Bergan
Radio Times

Out of the three episodes based on the macabre tales by Edgar Allan Poe, the third -- the only modern-day one, directed by Federico Fellini -- is far and away the best.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

None of the three European director's stories catches the macabre flavor of Poe.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

[Toby Dammit] is marvelous: a short movie but a major one. The Vadim is as overdecorated and shrill as a drag ball, but still quite fun, and the Malle, based on one of Poe's best stories, is simply tedious.

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Rob Gonsalves

Definitely worth a look for fans of the involved directors, though such fans probably already own it.

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William Thomas
Empire Magazine

Intriguing and mostly successful.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

It offers pleasures above and beyond its status as a relic of a groovier and exponentially more swinging era.

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Fernando F. Croce

Three devout libertines have a go at Poe, fear and trembling invade their debauchery voluptuously

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TV Guide

If the other two stories had also been done by Fellini, the whole offering might have been much better.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
This movie features three stories directed by three great foreign directors, and the cast features some of the best foreign actors at the time too. I really… More
Pierluigi Puccini
european filmmakers paid homage to the great Edgar Allan Poe. Fellini's Toby Dammit, with a great performance by a deranged Terence Stamp, is the best of… More
Stefanie C
Poe's macabre tales are re-envisioned by three auteurs: Vadim, Malle, and Fellini. Vadim's 'Metzemgerstein' is reinterpreted in the form of… More
Doctor Strangeblog
3 Edgar Allen Poe tales, I haven't read any of them: Roger Vadim's entry which he also scripted seems like it was sourced from a twelve-page… More
Adam Mahler
the 3rd segment by Fellini, "Toby Dammit", is amazingly kinetic, and Malle's has some disturbing touches