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The Masque of the Red Death / The Premature Burial (Midnite Movies Double Feature)
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The Premature Burial: Talk about a tortured artist! Oscar winner Ray Milland is Guy, a medical student and painter whose obsessive fear of being buried alive compels him to build himself a tomb with a view, equipped with everything he can think of to escape death. But it's when his long-suffering wife convinces him to destroy the tomb that he finds himself in the gravest danger!
The Premature Burial (1962) substitutes Ray Milland in the usual Price role. He's a snarky landowner (with a sideline in art--dig those mod paintings) haunted by the fear of being buried alive. This single-minded focus limits the film, but it also adds to the smothering sense of anxiety that prevails throughout its unhealthy scenario. Luscious Hazel Court is Milland's new missus, and old-school cameraman Floyd Crosby proves his facility for photographing women in a classical style. Lots of cobwebs-on-candelabra in the customary Corman-Poe manner, with special emphasis on Milland's crypt, with its supposedly foolproof exit schemes. --Robert Horton
- Roger Corman interviews
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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.
Masque of the Red Death is a very clever rendition of two of Poe's best works, the title story and another lesser-known little piece of nastiness called "Hop-Frog." Price plays the evil fourteenth century Prince Prospero, who safely ensconces all his country's nobles behind his castle's walls to keep them safe from the dreaded plague of the "red death" that is ravaging the populace. Prospero is a decadent and sadistic Satanist, who views his role in the proceedings as that of more or less a diabolical Noah, preserving his own kind until the plague passes. One of his guests - an equally despicable Patrick Magee - is horribly murdered by a dwarf he mocks and despises, constituting the "Hop-Frog" subplot. Prospero, meanwhile, delights in attempting to seduce and degrade innocent Christian peasant girl Jane Asher, much to wife Hazel Court's great ire and dismay.Read more ›
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Along with Tomb of Ligeia, this is one of my favorite Corman - Price - adaptations of Poe. It acutely combines several Poe stories -- Masque of Red Death, Hop Toad -- and does so... Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Fox
These are great movies. Nice video quality and good sound. Love Vincent Price in The Masque of the Red Death. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Abby
This version of the film is one of the best I've seen, and I show it every year to my high school students. No profanity, no nudity, just Poe's story beautifully acted!Published 9 months ago by Kimberly D. Rhodes
One of the very best of the Price-Corman-Poe pictures--possibly my favorite, due to its lavish sets and increased production values. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Romeo Quixote
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Based on the Edgar Allan Poe story The Masque of the Red Death. This is one of the best Poe adaptions put on film. Read more
I know it was made a long time ago, but adding the religious/pagan element ruined it completely.Published 14 months ago by Stacy Weglin
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