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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…
Brightly colored gothic horror inspired by Poe (and coming a lot closer to the original story than, say, The Raven), this is an eerily beautiful film. I actually was a bit shocked when Vincent Price outright declared his allegiance to Satan; I expected some sort of work around, some sort of avoidance of the topic. Instead, Corman's film embraced the villainy, declared Satan the master of the universe and the death of God, and then toppled it all with the most gorgeous grim reapers ever (fuck off, Gaiman). This is pre-psychedelic kaleidoscopy painted on the grimmest classic horror. Vincent Price seems to relish his role here, which turns what would be hammy into the exquisite.
December count: 94/100
SATAN RULES THE UNIVERSE!
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.
This is an adaptation of an Edgar Allen Poe story, directed by Roger Corman, with cinematography by Nic Roeg, and staring Vincent Price. Peaked your interest?
It should have. I think this movie must have been a precursor to the Italian Giallo horror films of the late 60’s and 70’s. The colors are bold, the sound effects are overpowering, and the plot takes second place to the tone and atmosphere. Vincent Price places an Italian Lord who worships Satan. He is having an orgiastic party in his castle. Meanwhile, outside the castle walls, “The Red Death” is a plague that is killing…
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 certainly tried to remain entranced by the vibrant set pieces, but they didn't stand up to the incoherent storytelling, or to Price's over-the-top delivery. The whole thing felt like a particularly sadistic high school theatre production, and I'm not convinced it was in a good way. Watch the famous dream sequence on youtube and save yourself the trouble of trying to understand the liberties Hollywood took with Poe's original short story.
Now rather dated, the impressive art direction on a budget doesn’t make up for the campy, schlocky pseudo-existentialist storyline.
One for the fans?
I recently read somewhere that due to ineffectiveness of antibiotics there are some old diseases that could make a comeback, now unfortunately there is no pill to stop the likes of the Spice Girls reforming so what chance do we have against some virulent harbinger of doom like say the Red death.So unless you have a bloody great castle with a moat full of snapping crocodiles to keep out the riff raff then were well and truly stuffed. Luckily for Prince Prospero aka Vincent Price, he does has a castle that he can retreat to and invites all the surrounding nobility to come join him while,where it is safe. Not before he has burnt down the local village kidnapped Jane…
Maybe the best of Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe adaptations. Poe's original story is a brief and queasy masterpiece (about four pages) that's mostly made up of a day-glo description of the Grand Guignol house parties thrown by a well-connected artistocrat who hides out from a plague that's snuffing out all of the poor people. He and his coterie surround themselves with fake horror while they hide out from real horror outside the castle walls. It's a "voluptuous scene", as Poe describes it. Poe also uses the word "phantasm" twice in his gilded and poisonous prose. It's pretty great. Corman's film version does its best to capture the spirit on a low-budget and a ninety-minute run-time. The brilliant science-fiction writer…
Oh hell yes. Corman plus Poe plus Price plus Hazel Court plus LSD equals awesome!! Probably the best of Corman's Poe movies.
I was distracted while watching this, but from what I did watch it was pretty cool.
Based on the Edgar Allan Poe story The Masque of the Red Death. This is one of the best Poe adaptions put on film.
The wonderful Vincent Price is the evil and heartless Prince Prospero. Prospero is a man that is cruel to the peasants and his own 'friends' - the only thing he cares about is himself and his master.
The imagery, costumes and sets are beautiful and compliments Poe's story very well. Charles Beaumont & R. Wright Campbell's screenplay captured Poe nicely. The one thing about Poe's story that has always stood out in my mind was the grandest of all masquerade balls - this film did it justice. A perfect ending.
This is a movie that I believe lovers of Poe, Price and classic gothic horror would like. I do recommend this film for viewing.
I wrote some very few words on the Roger Corman classic for Brooklyn Magazine.
This film is not scary in the way most wish to watch their horror films, it's funny, cheesy and mostly it's just a little bit weird. It's easy to make a film that's just a series of jump scares, it's far harder to make something as stylish as this so weirdly eerie.
Edgar Allen Poe was a very strange man, with a lot of strange ideas, but this was great, not in a scary way but in a completely over the top, fun bordering on being ridiculous kind of way. Yet I didn't enjoy it enough to think I'll ever watch it again.
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