Midnite Movies Double Feature: The Comedy of Terrors / The Raven
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Vincent Price and Peter Lorre star in a chilling double feature. Business is booming at a funeral parlor that employs a murderous undertaker in Comedy of Terrors (Basil Rathbone. 1964/84 min.), and three powerful magicians engage in a battle for supremacy in The Raven (Boris Karloff. 1963/86 min.). Color/NR.
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The cast for both film are reason enough to be excited. I mean the great Karloff and Price in two horror comedies are enough to fill any rainy evening with joy.
I also enjoy Basil Rathbone in Comedy of Terrors even though I read, he himself was never satisfied with the movie.
Peter Lorre is also in both movies.His health was not the best in Raven and it sadly shows but he is still stealing every scene he is in.
Comedy of Terrors is a very polished film and has Joyce Jameson in it as Price's wife who is a failed opera singer. Lorre is madly in love with her and Karloff is her senile father. The film just tumbles along and the set ups are defly handled by the master craftsmen in front of the camera.
Raven sports everyone but Joyce. It does have Hazel Court as Price's faithless wife and Jack Nicholson as Peter Lorre's son.There is a duel between Karloff and Price as wizards that is the highlight of the film.
Break out the popcorn and get something to drink and enjoy some solid laughs with the masters of horror.
"The Raven," which came earlier, is much more contained and controlled that "Comedy of Terrors," but still offers a lot of fun as Price, Karloff and Lorre send up the genre that made them stars. Price and Karloff are competing wizards who, in classic pseudo-western fashion, are destined for a shoot-out, while Lorre plays yet another loser, only this time he turns into a bird. This film has as much to do with Edgar Allan Poe as does "Teletubbies," but who cares? The stars are delightful, as is Hazel Court, who was never more va-voom as she is here. Jack Nicholson, in one of his early roles as Lorre's son, is in a little bit over his head, but still manages to contribute a few funny moments.
They just don't make 'em like these anymore!
Watch them in the order they were made. The Raven is a great movie, but The Comedy Of Terrors is a classic.