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.
- 3 featurettes
- Photo gallery
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The Raven is a cool horror movie featuring once again Price, Karloff and Lorre together with Jack Nicholson. It's about two rival magicians Price and Karloff. Price playing the good guy and Karloff giving an awesome performance as a villain. Lorre's character is a tweener and the audience will be divided on what they think of his character. Lorre who improvised the entire movie almost is hilarious. He is a great support and comes close to stealing the film from Price and Karloff. I'd say all three were equal in their respective roles. Nicholson's part is small but he does a good job playing a good guy. I am sure he learned a lot acting with these three Movie Legends. Hazel Court also does a great job and was a real beauty. This dvd offers special features where you hear from Director Roger Corman and the Screenwriter for both films. It's interesting to hear the stories behind the scenes of the movies. Of the two movies I liked Comedy of Terrors better because it featured Joyce Jameson and was more silly slapstick humor. Seeing Karloff and Price duel was great though. In that showdown you could pick who you think is the greatest Horror Actor of all time. I recommend this dvd to any true fan of horror and comedy fan getting ready for Halloween. Cheers!
The second film is loosely-based on Poe's The Raven. In this film version, Price plays a magician who is culled into going to Karloff's castle to satisfy his suspicion that Karloff has a spell over his (Price's) dead wife. Lorre plays a back-stabbing magician who gets played by Karloff but repents several times during the movie. The magician's battle between Karloff and and price is funny and exciting. This magnificent film is a journey into the sublime and darker side of humor and magic. Enjoy the ride with three 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!