The Raven 1963 G CC

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A magician who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer for help in this film loosely based on the Edgar Allen Poe poem.

Starring:
Vincent Price, Peter Lorre
Runtime:
1 hour 26 minutes

The Raven

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Comedy, Horror
Director Roger Corman
Starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre
Supporting actors Boris Karloff, Hazel Court, Olive Sturgess, Jack Nicholson, Connie Wallace, William Baskin, Aaron Saxon, Dick Johnstone, Mark Sheeler
Studio MGM
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Rob on September 17, 2011
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While a far cry from what the horror film is today. The Raven is a time capsule. A fun, cute, little romp of a horror movie. You could take the entire family to see, in the station wagon at a drive-in.
It is a piece of american pop-culture.

Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, & a very young Jack Nicholson, all wrapped up in the direction of Roger Corman. Its a classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Walter Marx on December 26, 2013
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Vincent Price at his best, and it was fun to see some of the other big names doing more campy than usual roles. I am sure the basic special effects were state of the art for the time. Classic old horror with a little bit of silliness, and a little more modern themes than most pictures of the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Pack on November 1, 2013
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Even if the comedy of this Roger Corman-directed movie is not to a given viewer’s taste, the triple threat of stars Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Vincent Price should appeal to any horror fan.
The Twilight Zone’s Richard Matheson scripted this mix of mirthful magic and comical corpses, which involves rival sorcerers who covet greater powers. It climaxes with a very animated duel between two of the conjurers.
Lorre ad-libs his little heart out. He clearly missed his true calling as a Borscht Belt standup comic. (Sadly, Price was eulogizing Lorre a little more than a year after this film’s 1963 release.)
The film is also important in providing documented proof that Jack Nicholson was young once. He plays Lorre’s son, Rexford. (“The resemblance is quite uncanny,” says Karloff.) Rexford is guilty of DUI — driving (a carriage) under the influence (of a magical spell).
Also on hand is beauteous English scream queen Hazel Court, as Lenore.
Half the fun is in catching the allusions (e.g., nods to Dracula, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Mandrake the Magician, and the director’s own House of Usher).
Corman and Matheson clearly were not afraid to make fun of their own pictures. The cast numbers a mere 11. Les Baxter’s lilting score helps along the plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian L. Ramsey on October 11, 2013
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If you take three of horror and suspense film stars, lets them go tongue in cheek, you get delicious camp.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa L. Metzgar on May 4, 2013
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I have always been a fan of Vincent Price and have seen almost every movie he ever made. This is just a fun movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barney Fife on February 14, 2013
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The Raven is only marginally, at best, associated with the Poe story. Really it is an old movie that is full of campy humor and old school magical effects. The greatest part is the amazing stars that are in it, a young Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff, and being a Roger Corman movie; a couple of voluptuous babes. The highlight is the magical battle at the end of the movie between Vincent Price and Boris Karloff. Great fun.
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