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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.
La muerte roja, la muerte azul, la muerte amarilla... ¿Parchis?
Visually, this is as good as Corman's films get. The use of color is sophisticated and the sets are dreamlike enough to shake off the low-budget feel completely. Price is given a surprisingly complex character to play, and his unshakable faith in Satan minimizes the moralizing that one normally sees in horror films. It's not really scary, but it is suitably creepy and psychologically compelling.
Vincent Price is having a ball. Hail Satan.
Most definitely Roger Corman's finest hour, and one of the best Price vehicles, too. Dark, creepy, Satanic, and some amazing photography by Nicholas Roeg.
"But Satan rules the universe! I made a pact with him!"
I found this mostly dreadfully boring aside from a few things:
-the scenes with the 8 year old ballerina, who is apparently playing a dwarf as her dialogue was dubbed by a woman who was at least 35
-the scene where the actual dwarf suggests a man dress up in a monkey suit, ends up tying him up during the masque while the crowd laughs uproariously before being tied to a chandelier, hoisted into the air and then set of fire. The crowd stops laughing and as the dwarf escapes the room, nobody seems to care or remember that there's a man in a monkey suit on fire
So far my 2nd favorite Corman movie under A Bucket of Blood.
Film #29 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4 Challenge"
Item #11: Film featuring a ceremony, ritual or other activity performed for the dead or on the dead
This was a nice Roger Corman/Vincent Price/Edgar Allan Poe movie. The script and pacing were a bit slow, but that was my only real problem with it. There's some wonderful imagery and cheesy acting to make up for the boring bits. It's not every day you get to see a gold-painted dwarf whipping a guy in a gorilla costume. I really need to watch more Corman films, especially his other Poe adaptations.
"The movie was not as successful as other Poe pictures, which Sam Arkoff attributed to it being "too arty farty" and not scary enough. Corman later said "I think that is a legitimate statement. The fault may have been mine. I was becoming more interested in the Poe films as expressions of the unconscious mind, rather than as pure horror films."
Masque of the Red Death is a dark, twisted sort of movie that displays the more perverse tendencies of mankind. Vincent Price adequately plays the film's main antagonist, symbolically filling the shoes of Satan by tempting the innocent and indulging the fetishes of the corrupt. The arrival of the Red Death should be met with applause for bringing this perverted celebration to an end. This is an enjoyable horror flick with a few startling scenes that were surprisingly gory for its time.
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