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The Masque of the Red Death

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Original title
The Masque of the Red Death
Year
Running time
89 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Screenwriter
Charles Beaumont, R. Wright Campbell (Stories: Edgar Allan Poe)
Music
David Lee
Cinematography
Nicolas Roeg
Cast
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Producer
Alta Vista Productions / American International Pictures
Genre
Horror | Middle Ages. 12th Century
Movie Groups
Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations
New
Synopsis / Plot
The Masque of the Red Death (1964) is Roger Corman's, and most people's, choice as the best of the Edgar Allan Poe pictures. Masque offers the expected creepy atmosphere and violence against peasants, plus metaphysical ponderings and pointed satanic cruelty. (Corman was operating as much under the influence of Ingmar Bergman as of Edgar Allan Poe.) Nicolas Roeg's color cinematography and Daniel Haller's elaborate production design would be stellar in any Hollywood A-movie; the mono-colored rooms of the prince's castle are a startling effect. Vincent Price is in fine fettle as Prince Prospero, the devil-worshipping sadist who throws lavish parties while the countryside is ravaged by the plague.
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