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The Masque of the Red Death
Horror has a face.
Satan-worshiper Prince Prospero invites the local nobility to his castle for protection against an oncoming plague, the Red Death. He orders his guests to attend a masked ball and, amidst an atmosphere of debauchery and depravity, notices the entry of a hooded stranger dressed all in red. Believing the figure to be his master, Satan, Prospero is horrified at the revelation of his true identity.
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Roger Corman's The Masque of the Red Death proves once again that, if given the choice in horror movies between atmospheric weirdness and cheap scare tactics, I'll choose the former a hundred times out of a hundred. This film is many things - hyper-stylized, moody, gothic, campy, profane, eerie, funny - and all of these attributes I'd rate as having a higher degree of difficulty than simply being able to frighten me. If I want to be scared, a well-placed plastic spider can often do the trick. If I want to be entertained, it'll take a little something extra, like gorgeous production design and perfect music and Vincent Price chewing up the…
SATAN RULES THE UNIVERSE!
From Corman is another Edgar Allen Poe adaptation starring legend Vincent Price. Surprisingly this is now one of my favourite films starring Vincent Price and the film has a lot to offer. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, we get see decorative Gothic set pieces, some interesting visual effects and a great performance from the master of menace himself. The story is about Prince Prospero (a satan worshiper) who invites people to his castle for protection from the 'red death' plague. During this time, we learn a great deal about Prospero, his brother, his wife and the clutches of death itself.
One fun thing was seeing Patrick Kelly playing Prospero's brother. I almost immeadiately identified him as the man in…
I am woefully ignorant of Roger Corman's work, having only previously seen The Trip and Wild Angels. But The Masque of the Red Death flies in the face of what I assume one of his films will be: grandiose sets, lavish costumes and visual flair to spare (possibly thanks to director of photography Nicholas Roeg).
The intertwining stories are entertaining but mostly unimportant, ultimately serving the final moral. But there's enough Technicolor shock and gore and surrealism to propel the whole affair along enjoyably.
Oh, and Vincent Price fucking rules all.
"Can such eyes ever have known sin?"
Corman does Bergman -- in searing Pathécolor -- and the results are appropriately chilling. Did Vincent Price ever sink his teeth into another role as decadently evil as Prince Prospero? I daresay not. The most sumptuous of Corman's Poe adaptations, superbly photographed by Nicolas Roeg.
After having a blast with the first collaboration between Corman and Vince Price to give life to Poe's story House of Usher, I decided to watch the whole "franchise" of 8 films, starting by The Masque of the Red Death, very well recommended.
Quite as it happens in House of Usher, The Masque of Red Death brings back elements of horror from the 20s and 30s, assuming an almost theatrical style, but at the same time Roger Corman visionary direction style creates some brilliant sequences, as the ritual sacrifice or the very masquerade of Red Death. Although I really enjoyed this one, House of Usher still is my favorite, probably due to its darker looks and the story itself.
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Roger Corman's adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's classic about a sadistic prince who torments the guests at his masquerade as price for shelter from the plague. As with most of his adaptations of Poe, Corman expertly conveys the eerie atmosphere of the story, especially the fog shrouded countryside which vividly contrasts against the merry atmosphere of the palace. Good performances by most of the cast, especially Vincent Price and Hazel Court, two of the best horror actors of the 1960s. Court's death scene reminded me of the shower sequence from Hitchcock's Psycho. I was not impressed by Jane Asher's tepid portrayal of Francesca. The pacing of the movie is dragged out at some points. For example, inserting the story line from Poe's short story, Hop Frog, was unnecessary. Loved the final scene where the various plagues, dressed in different colors, gather to compare notes.
Gorgeous looking and atmospheric.
"Each man creates his own God for himself. His own Heaven, his own Hell."
Who knew Death would be so colorful! Great adaption of E. A. Poe short story, chilly atmosphere (though not a scary film) and totally loved the dance macabre. Not to forget: Vincent Price FTW. <3
The Masque of the Red Death is the third Vincent Price and Roger Corman collaboration that I've seen, following House of Usher (1960) and The Pit and the Pendulum (1961). Once again Price is simply fantastic, but Jane Asher is also astoundingly good. Admittedly at times the film felt like it was dragging its feet a little, but I am a fan of the juxtaposition between the gothic-y castle interiors and the brightly coloured clothing - this film is just crying out for the blu-ray treatment. I guess I just wish these films were a little more sinister, but ultimately it's perfectly fine afternoon viewing.
Not really scary, but atmospheric and bit chilling, somewhat humorous. Corman pays homage to Bergman, Vincent Price and Hazel Court are solid.
The Masque of the Red Death is a superbly acted and told tale of horror directed by B movie master Roger Corman, this film ranks among his finest of the Edgar Allen Poe adaptations that he has made. Vincent Price is as usual very good in the role he plays, and he portrays Prince Prospero, who is a Satan worshipper who holds a ball at his castle and a mysterious guest is present. Brilliantly acted and directed, this is a fine gothic horror tale that is held together by a wonderful performance by Price and the direction undertaken by Roger Corman. Well paced and never dull, Corman’s script is well written and he keeps the story steadily unfolding in order…
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Vincent Price plays Prince Prospero, one cool Satan Worshiper, with his cool hat and cool falcon.
Scarlatti: Sir, at least spare my wife. I give her to you to do what you please.
Prospero: I've already had that doubtful pleasure.
What a pimp...
Film #23 of the "Scavenger Hunt" Challenge
13. A film with a color in the title
Underwhelming on pretty much all accounts for me. I love Poe adaptations, Vincent Price, and camp. Somehow this film didn't do much with any of those.
And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.
-Edgar Allan Poe
Roger Corman's brilliant Poe cycle is at its utmost depraved and decadent in The Masque of the Red Death, which has a touch of Hop-Frog thrown in for good measure. It stars darling Vincent as the truly devilish villain, Prince Prospero. He's supported by the gorgeous Hazel Court, his villainous consort who seems to be channeling the Wicked Queen of Sleeping Beauty fame. This incredibly dark story is set against the most sumptuous set design and gorgeous period costuming of the entire series. The final danse macabre in all its shocking, bloody glory is absolutely not to be missed. My jaw was on the floor for the entirety.
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