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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.
Part of the Sight & Sound: Stewart Home Project
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!
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.
Film 23 of Hoop-Tober
Definitely not scary by today's short-attention-span standards, but it must have scared the bajeezus out of viewers at the time. This stylized film illustrates a great amount of thought and detail by Corman (and his production team) in respect to the exquisite sets, vivid costuming and memorable compositions. The art direction here was incredibly on point — most noticeably in the elaborately choreographed party scenes.
The real scene stealer for me, besides Price, were those colour co-ordinated rooms he led Jane Aster through, filled with meticulously placed objects. The attention to detail was perfection.
I had conflicting emotions watching this, but ended up thoroughly enjoying it.
A re-visit during a chronological re-watch of Corman's Poe adaptations only serves to further illustrate just how strong this particular film is - arguably the best of the entire cycle. I've yet to see Tomb of Ligeia, and may ultimately prefer The Haunted Palace for its Lovecraft trappings, but the sheer sickening horror of Price's Prospero - proof there's nothing scarier than a powerful man given to superstition, satanism and nihilism - goes a long way towards elevating this one to the top of the rankings.
More than anything, it's just a miracle so many of these Poe adaptations (Premature Burial/Tales of Terror aside) are available in such shiny HD via Scream Factory. This is my 2nd time watching the…
Vincent Price is great, but this really wasn't my thing.
It would seem my weird teenage crush on Vincent Price is back in full force oh well this is happening.
It's not exactly scary and has to invent a lot of stuff to pad out Poe's very short story, but it's very inventive visually and almost avant garde in places. Not everything works, but it's nice to see a film like this not rest on Vincent Price or its art direction.
Another fabulas Corman / Vincet Price Film!!!!!
Such a great movie. Watched the bluray. One of my top 3 Price movies (with Phibes and Last Man on Earth). Roger Corman's direction is top notch. A beautiful and dark movie. The ending is one of my favorites.
The Masque of the Red Death (the film) reveals some of the flaws of adapting such stories to the screen. On the page, tales of fright and the supernatural can be marvelously evocative. A clever author can use just the right amount of suggestion to make the reader's imagination run wild with images of death, plague, and ghouls.
Putting such things to film can be problematic. Without a master craftsman or crazy visionary behind the camera, the same events that worked wonders on the page can seem silly when literalized.
No narrative through-line to really hold my interest, in spite of the cool use of color and pretty great sets. The main female protagonist is a real dull crayon of a human being, reacting with vacuous bewilderment to almost everything around her. Price is fine, I guess, but I haven't quite warmed to his particular brand of overacting yet.
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