20 October 2014

The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
88 min.
Directed by Roger Corman.
With Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher, David Weston, Patrick Magee, Nigel Green, Skip Martin, John Westbrook.
An exemplary Roger Corman adaptation of the classic Edgar Allan Poe short story published in 1842.

Price gives perfect life to Prince Prospero, the satan-worshipping lord who invites a group of local nobles to his castle, promising them refuge from the red plague that's ravishing the countryside.

He hosts a masquerade ball for his guests, and notices the entrance of a mysterious figure dressed all in red. Prospero believes it's his lord Satan himself. Could it be?

Since his faith lies with the Devil - and the Devil is now at his party - Prospero believes himself to be safe from the Plague.

Is he? For how long will the pride-puffed Prospero and his guests be able to avert the firm gaze of the Reaper?

Many highlights here including Juliana's death, Hop Toad's revenge and the final Dance of Death sequence.

The whole thing has superb plotting, sumptuous color and one of Price's best performances.

All hail Prince Prospero!

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