This is the second of several media collections from other noteworthy films that played the Pacific Northwest in 1963. While these don't have enough content to warrant their own pages they should not be dismissed as lesser films; the majority of them are well worth watching.

Here we have a couple of double-features that never made their way down the coast to Portland.

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Diary of a Madman (1963)/Tower of London (1962)

Diary of a Madman (1963)
The film is based on a short story by Guy de Maupassant1 and stars Vincent Price as Simon Cordier, a French magistrate who encounters a malevolent spirit called a horla2. The horla can possess people and drive them to madness and murder. After killing a prisoner who was controlled by the horla, Cordier becomes its next target. He tries to resist the horla’s influence by taking up sculpture and falling in love with a model, but the horla manipulates his mind and makes him doubt his own sanity. 
Director: Reginald Le Borg
Writers: Robert E. Kent
Stars: Vincent Price, Nancy Kovack, Chris Warfield
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Tower of London (1962)
The film is a historical drama and horror film directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price as Richard of Gloucester, who becomes King Richard III of England1. The film depicts Richard’s ruthless and bloody rise to power, as he murders his brother, nephews, wife, and anyone who stands in his way. He is haunted by the ghosts of his victims, who torment him with visions of his doom. He also consults a sorcerer, who shows him prophecies of his future. 
Director: Roger Corman
Writers: Leo Gordon, F. Amos Powell, Robert E. Kent
Stars: Vincent Price, Michael Pate, Joan Freeman
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June 5, 1963 ad (Seattle)


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Diary of a Madman (1963) trailer
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Battle of the Worlds (1961)
The film is a science fiction thriller directed by Antonio Margheriti and starring Claude Rains as Professor Benson, a brilliant but arrogant mathematician who predicts the arrival of a rogue planet called the Outsider. The Outsider threatens to collide with Earth, but instead orbits around it and launches a fleet of flying saucers that attack the human space stations2. Benson devises a way to take control of the alien ships and leads an expedition to the Outsider, where he discovers a dead civilization that was once ruled by a supercomputer.
Director: Antonio Margheriti
Writer: Ennio De Concini
Stars: Claude Rains, Bill Carter, Umberto Orsini
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Atom Age Vampire (1960)
A car accident leaves a stripper named Jeanette horribly scarred. A scientist named Dr. Levin offers to restore her beauty with a serum made from human glands. He falls in love with her, but his serum is unstable and he needs more victims to sustain her appearance. He injects himself with another serum that turns him into a monstrous killer, who is dubbed "Seddok" by the media.
Director: Anton Giulio Majano
Writers: Piero Monviso, Gino De Santis, Alberto Bevilacqua
Stars: Alberto Lupo, Susanne Loret, Sergio Fantoni
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Battle of the Worlds (1961) trailer
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Atom Age Vampire (1960) trailer
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