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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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)

Customer Reviews

When an absolutely iconic cast.
Joseph L. Reichardt
A fun, cute, little romp of a horror movie.
Mr. Rob
These are my favorite horror movie stars.
Alice Wellington

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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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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 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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Roger Corman's The Raven is a piece of candy of a movie. First of all, you have two titans of the horror genre, Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. And as if that weren't enough, you have (if not a horror icon, certainly a worthy denizen of those waters with "M", "Mad Love" and "The Beast With Five Fingers") Peter Lorre, a sinister presence indeed when any movie called for one. So you have the original Frankenstein monster (three amazing performances in as many films), the original Mummy, a demented satanist ("The Black Cat"), mad radio active scientist ("The invisible Ray"), body snatcher, goul, etc. - Karloff, the immortal, adding a sly and amusingly sinister turn to his already illustrious canon of film work. The reining heir to Karloff and Lugosi, Vincent Price, as the hero master magician who doesn't know his own magical strength. And Peter Lorre who shows up as a raven and whose first line of dialogue is hysterical and perfect for his whole character and film persona. And (spoiler alert if you don't know already) in the middle of all this magical mayhem and hilarity who walks in? - Jack Nicholson. Just this cast alone is worth the price of the movie, so just get it. But the late great Richard Matheson's script is first rate and both eerie and very funny. Karloff, Price, Lorre, Nicholson. You can't go wrong.
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By Griffin Garcon on December 22, 2014
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This movie is a free interpretation of the famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe. The scenes in the movie are full with grotesque style and primarily remembered for great acting. This is to unique ensemble cast. In this movie are masters of world cinema, but as this film is notable for the emergence of a remarkable actor Jack Nicholson. This is art can be called a fairy tale for adults and children. Here you will see echoes of good and evil. Some moments make us worry for the fate of heroes. And the ending is worthy of special praise for the expression of wisdom and truth. This movie never gets old.
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