The Raven (1963)
Average Rating: 6.4/10
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Release Date: Jan 25, 1963 Limited
Average Rating: 3.5/5
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Although Roger Corman narrowly managed to avoid self-mockery in his pulpy, flamboyant adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe tales, it appears that the director chose this opportunity to let loose with outright parody; the result is a wonderfully entertaining romp with tongue planted firmly in cheek. The first screen teaming of legendary horror stars Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, and Peter Lorre -- later billed as "The Triumvirate of Terror" -- this so-called "adaptation" uses Poe's most famous poem as
Jan 25, 1963 Limited
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Indisputably the odd duck among the AIP Poe movies, although it is also one of the very best.
The Raven takes Poe's most famous poem and doesn't so much adapt it as dress it up in a clown nose and silly hat.... it's hard to shake the cognitive dissonance of Jack Nicholson posing like Burt Ward...
The Raven has some moments when the audio suddenly becomes a bit noisier and less robust, as if it's from a different source print, but it's nothing serious.
Anything to do with Poe other than hearing The Raven poem read aloud is non-existent.
Gimmicky drive-in fare, though nobody can deliver that poem like Price.
Amusing horror parody notable mostly for its stars.
A classic AIP horror-comedy; Lorre is priceless; Price has tongue firmly in cheek. And a young Jack Nicholson to boot!
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