The Masque of the Red Death

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A remake of Roger Corman's 1964 adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe tale was produced by Corman but directed by Larry Brand. Its the story of a medieval prince (Adrian Paul) and his attempt to avoid a vicious plague among the populace. ~ John Bush, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Masque of the Red Death

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Audience Reviews for The Masque of the Red Death

  • Sep 05, 2010
    I don't know if there's a 1989 version, but I'm writing about the 1964 movie starring Vincent Price. Price is an evil ruler who torments people, he's a devil worshiper who thinks he can do what ever he wants and nothing bad will happen to him. Well, you can guess how that ends, but it's a pretty interesting movie anyway, I enjoyed it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2010
    As faithful as "House of Usher" was to the spirit of Edgar Alan Poe, "Masque of the Red Death" is the very opposite. Fantastic sets, a great use of color and some very pleasing widescreen compositions cannot hide the fact that this has little to do with the short story that supposedly inspired it. Even worse, Roger Corman seems to have felt, on the heels of Usher's great success, that the more superficial Poe references he could cram in an hour and a half the better which leads to the film featuring (for no artistic reason whatsoever) a clock with a double-bladed pendulum, a royal dwarf named Hoptoad and his revenge, a gorilla (costume) and several black crows. AIP's aping of the Hammer formula (even going so far as to give Hazel Court a lead role here) via Edgar Alan Poe is already on a downward slide here, and subsequent incursions would be of significantly reduced quality, even falling into the real of self parody. As a stand alone film it might be effective, but as an adaptation of Poe's greatest work it was most disappointing. Three stars for Vincent Price (far creepier as the Red Death than Prospero), the gorgeous sets, the use of color and the dance of death sequence that climaxes the movie.
    Eduardo C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2009
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2009
    A conventional horror film.The vibrant use of colour in the sets and costumes, along with the high degree of stylisation in just about every department from acting to make-up, makes this one of Corman?s most prominent. Whilst The Masque of the Red Death occasionally veers dangerously close to the abyss of pretentious over-indulgence, its peculiar Gothic atmosphere, sinister quasi-religious undertones and Price?s chilling presence make it a classic of its genre.
    Constanza B Super Reviewer

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