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The Masque of the Red Death: Death and Debauchery reign in the castle of Prince Prospero (Vincent Price), and when it reigns... it pours! Prospero has only once excuse for his diabolical deeds--the devil made him do it! But when a mysterious, uninvited guest crashes his pad during a masquerade ball, there'll be hell to pay as the party atmosphere turns into a danse macabre!
The Premature Burial: Talk about a tortured artist! Oscar winner Ray Milland is Guy, a medical student and painter whose obsessive fear of being buried alive compels him to build himself a tomb with a view, equipped with everything he can think of to escape death. But it's when his long-suffering wife convinces him to destroy the tomb that he finds himself in the gravest danger!
The Masque of the Red Death (1964) is Roger Corman's, and most people's, choice as the best of the Edgar Allan Poe pictures. Masque offers the expected creepy atmosphere and violence against peasants, plus metaphysical ponderings and pointed satanic cruelty. (Corman was operating as much under the influence of Ingmar Bergman as of Edgar Allan Poe.) Nicolas Roeg's color cinematography and Daniel Haller's elaborate production design would be stellar in any Hollywood A-movie; the mono-colored rooms of the prince's castle are a startling effect. Vincent Price is in fine fettle as Prince Prospero, the devil-worshipping sadist who throws lavish parties while the countryside is ravaged by the plague.
The Premature Burial (1962) substitutes Ray Milland in the usual Price role. He's a snarky landowner (with a sideline in art--dig those mod paintings) haunted by the fear of being buried alive. This single-minded focus limits the film, but it also adds to the smothering sense of anxiety that prevails throughout its unhealthy scenario. Luscious Hazel Court is Milland's new missus, and old-school cameraman Floyd Crosby proves his facility for photographing women in a classical style. Lots of cobwebs-on-candelabra in the customary Corman-Poe manner, with special emphasis on Milland's crypt, with its supposedly foolproof exit schemes. --Robert HortonSee all Editorial Reviews
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Based on the Edgar Allan Poe story The Masque of the Red Death. This is one of the best Poe adaptions put on film. Read more
I know it was made a long time ago, but adding the religious/pagan element ruined it completely.Published 5 months ago by Stacy Weglin
For a full description of the plot, etc., read other reviews. Just some quick thoughts on this Vincent Price horror classic... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joker
The Premature Burial: A wealthy medical student/artist has a morbid fear of being buried alive. As such he builds a burial crypt filled with fail-safes so he can escape should he... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Celia Trimboli
Delightful. Just as wonderful when I watched it as a child ... Appreciate it more now as an adult. Vincent Price is simply the best in interpreting Edgar Allan Poe's masterpieces.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Vincent price is outstanding and so is this film, I would highly recommend this for anyone who loves horror, watch it!Published 19 months ago by mike piro
Poe's work is never short of fascinating. That combined with the production brilliance of Corman was riveting. The scenes and costumes were beautifully done. Simply Exquisite!Published 22 months ago by Natasha
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