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The Raven 1963

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4.3 out of 5 stars (46) IMDb 6.7/10

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, 25 minutes

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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, John Dierkes, Dick Johnstone, Mark Sheeler
Studio MGM
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Loosely inspired by Poe's best-known poem, this comedy-horror-fantasy is so much laughs -- provided you know the actors involved. Most of the appeal stems from seeing the silly sides of these early cinematic horror greats -- Boris Karloff, Vincent Price and Peter Lorre -- as they parody those same scary tropes that built their fame.
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I love it for what it is ... it isn't Shakespeare, it's an old B-horror movie!!

This film is a lot of fun. Apart from its good natured, funny comedy, it has some interesting references to historical people. The most obvious being Vincent Price's character's name "Erasmus", as well, Dr Scarabus is dressed like a Renaissance Pope, and the hat and cloak (of which the film makes quite a point, makes the wonderful Peter Lorre look like Martin Luther.

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. I first saw this in the movie theater with my girl friends, we thought it was supposed to be a horror movie, though it's really more comedy. All I remember from that was Hazel Court as Lenore Craven running down the castle stairs with her breasts bouncing in and out of her dress (or maybe it was Olive Sturgess as Estelle Craven).
I recently saw this movie again.

This isn't really a review - this is pretty much an un-reviewable movie, as you either like this genre - tongue-in-cheek horror - or you don't. What I do want to say is, if you are a Jack Nicholson fan, this is really a must see movie. It's a hoot to see him in this part. He is almost unrecognizable and it's sometimes hard to see the interesting actor he became in any of his acting here. But you need to see it. It is very funny! He looks a little uncomfortable (Jack Nicholson in tights!) and not at all happy that his agent got him this part.
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