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5.0 out of 5 stars Double Corman, September 6, 2002
This review is from: The Masque of the Red Death / The Premature Burial (Midnite Movies Double Feature) (DVD)
This is MGM at their best. A double-feature DVD with two Roger Corman classics, both in glorius widescreen, both in luscious technicolor. The first gem, "Masque of the Red Death", has never looked better. A tale of decadence set during the black plague, here represented as the "red plague", thus Edgar Allen Poe. But where Poes wonderful poem ends, is, so-to-speak, at the end of this film. Corman took Poes frightening vignette on the black death and spun a tale of Satanism versus Christain belief, all set in a richly atmospheric castle in the middle of a hellish landscape -- For those of you squemish about anything to do with Christianity, think of it as a morality play of Good against Evil; afterall, Corman is rather ambiguous as to who the hooded "death characters" really are -- And our host to the party to end all parties, none other than Vincent Price himself.
The second film, Premature Burial, I'd never seen until this DVD. It is not as hypnotic at "Masque", but it is a fun, macabre journey into madness with a superb actor, Ray Milland, at the helm. Also starring the very sexy, very voluptious Hazel Court, which some Hammer Horror fans may remember from the up and coming dvd "Curse of Frankenstein", due out in October. The film is presented in widescreen. Both films, one on each side of the DVD, include very nicely produced extras with Roger Corman, giving some nice information on the creation and production of both films. If your a fan of Vincent Price, buy it for "Masque". If your a fan of Roger Corman, you will not be disapointed in either film.
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Initial post: Dec 14, 2013 8:33:56 AM PST
G. Garner says:
There really ought to be some warning label to alert those who suffer from Christianity-induced squeamishness. I mean, the idea of viewing a dvd and suddenly, out of nowhere, discerning some Christian influence.......trust me, recovery would be slow, and by no means a foregone conclusion.

Western Culture is worth living in for 3 reasons.....and Christianity is one of those 3 pillars(along with capitalism and modest governmental regulation). You may as well be squeamish over an allusion to a tree or a blue sky.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2013 10:01:18 AM PST
I agree whole heartedly.
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