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November 18, 2015
Price is at his most diabolical here, while the stunning sets, costumes and cinematography help create an entrancing Gothic atmosphere in this which is most certainly the best adaptation made by Roger Corman of a Poe story.
½ August 27, 2015
This is a beautifully short film full of vivid colours with a strong cast.
June 30, 2015
One of Corman's better Poe films. A sadistic satanic prince revels in his tortures and toys with death.
December 11, 2014
Old School Goodness...
½ May 13, 2014
lame remake skip this see the 1989 vincent price version
½ December 28, 2013
The Masque of the Red Death is another successful collaboration between Roger Corman and Vincent Price based upon stories by Edgar Allan Poe. It was a film that Corman wanted to make earlier in his career, but he feared that he would be accused of plagiarism. Because of Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal being popular at the time and containing some of the same ideas and imagery, he put the film on hold. Many consider this to be one of Roger Corman's finest efforts, and I would go so far as to call it a masterpiece. It doesn't go over the line in making Price a relentless and crazy villain like he was in Witchfinder General, nor does attempt to ape Poe's work for its own evil purposes (the inclusion of Poe's story "Hop-Frong" was to merely give the film a subplot). It's a beautiful film that walks down mostly familiar territory, especially if you watch these films back to back today. They may be a bit dated, but you can't deny how well made and acted they are. This one in particular is a gem in Corman's filmography.
November 18, 2013
The Masque of the Red Death is a dull adaptation of the creepy Poe classic featuring the immortal Vincent Price. The Masque of the Red Death is bogged down with a lot of filler (dancing and unnecessary background shots) and never seems to get to the climax. Even with it's short runtime The Masque of the Red Death seemed excessively long. Fans of Price and Poe might enjoy it but fans of horror will be asleep before anything happens and even then what happens is rather dull.
½ August 31, 2013
A visually splendid, strange and equally atmospheric tribute to Edgar Allan Poe's masterful story. Great acting, directing, cinematography and fine special effects for the time. On the other hand, the story was slightly hard to follow, the movie got too strange at points and there are some slight tonal inconsistencies.
July 23, 2013
This is certainly one of the masterpieces of horror cinema of all time: based loosely on the Edgar Allan Poe of the same name, but scripted by the great Charles Beaumont (whose early death deprived humanity of one of the most talented horror short stories writer of all time), this movie is a morality tale, full of magnificent scenarios, full of violence and greed, a phantasmagoria of colorful images, great sentences, a feast for the eyes and the ears of the spectator. I have no more words to describe this movie: see it and enjoy every moment of it.
April 29, 2013
Entertaining enough, but not Price's greatest.
April 12, 2013
I couldn't resist the combination of Poe , Price and pestilence shown in bold rich technicolor
December 28, 2012
Typical Roger Corman. Not unwatchable, just very low-budget and campy.
½ November 12, 2012
"The Masque of the Red Death" isn't particularly scary, but Vincent Price really gives it all and the sets and costumes are very well done. The acting is great, and the speeches are fascinating to watch.
November 11, 2012
No one did like Vincent Price did it. One adaptation that is classics indeed.
October 24, 2012
Strong, haunting imagery make this under appreciated horror film artistic in its own rights. This is also valued by the late Vincent Price who sinks into this performance with such charisma and villainy it's a surprise no one could do it like him.
½ October 13, 2012
Of Corman's Poe adaptations, this is the weakest that I have seen so far.
September 17, 2012
Maybe the best of the Corman Poe films, with great sets as always, and a dark sense of humor. What makes this better than the others, however, is Vincent Price as one of the most terrifying psychotic evil masterminds ever to live. He literally worships Satan. I did think the ending was a little weak, however.
September 6, 2012
As a mishmash adaptation of two of Edgar Allan Poe's greatest works of literature- "The Masque of the Red Death" and "Hop-Frog"- this film is mostly a failure. To be fair, they are also two almost unfilmable stories that depend on Poe's inimitable ability to set a mood and atmosphere and on his dripping-wet gothic prose. The issue here is that B-movie director Roger Corman (who did direct some truly wonderful Poe films) removes the essence of those two works- their bitter irony and dark, twisted celebration of revenge- and replaces it with something far more carnivalesque and theatrical, the result being a far less subtle and chilling rendering which is fun and even sometimes thrilling (see the film's brilliantly-staged finale) but ultimately ineffective. There are two elements to the film that make it worth seeing. The first is the most obvious, the presence of Vincent Price, one of the most interesting and commanding forces cinematic acting has ever known. While this is not his best performance, it is a good one, and it showcases both Price's dark sense of humor and his willingness to play vile, sadistic characters. He fills satanist Prince Prospero with his own brand of evil charm while satisfying Poe's original intentions for the character. The other great thing about the movie is its cinematography- wild and vivid photography by future auteur Nicolas Roeg. Roeg brings the story's visual potential to life, particularly in the way he shoots Prospero's many colored rooms, and the people within them. The ballroom- filled with so many fools, and, ultimately, so much death- is rendered in thick colors and wide focus thanks to his camerawork. If you aren't a Poe or a Roeg enthusiast, there's little to see here. All the talent involved had done better, and while this isn't a bad way to kill a late night, Corman made far better productions of Poe's work.
August 30, 2012
i dont like the corman/price/ poe movies for some reason. the costumes, sets, etc seem really half assed. The multi colored rooms in this one where pretty magical though.
July 21, 2012
Roger Corman's classic retelling of Edgar Allen Poe's tale in a creepy and interesting fashion. Vincent Price stars as Prince Prospero, a sadistic and satanic prince in the 12th century who rules with an iron fist. But when the village starts being struck with the Red Death, even the mighty Prospero is a little worried that this may be after him really. Vincent Price is perfectly chilling and charismatic as the prince and the film is shot well by Corman. Is it truly scary? Not really but it is another great example of 1950s and 1960s cinema and what kind of horror films were created. It is also one of Corman's best Poe adaptations. A worthwhile see by fans of Poe and Price alike.
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