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The Raven (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 25 January 1963 (USA)
A magician who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer for help.

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In this tongue-in-cheek movie inspired by Poe's poem, Dr. Craven is the son of a great sorcerer (now dead) who was once himself quite skilled at that profession, but has since abandoned it. One evening, a cowardly fool of a magician named Bedlo comes to Craven for help - the evil Scarabus has turned him into a raven and he needs someone to change him back. He also tells the reluctant wizard that Craven's long-lost wife Lenore, whom he loved greatly and thought dead, is living with the despised Scarabus. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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According to Roger Corman, the hostility between Jack Nicholson and Peter Lorre as father and son came from the actors rather than the script. See more »

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A thin string can be seen tied to the raven's leg when he first flies across the room, and when he is perched on the chair. See more »

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Lenore Craven: You sly old thing you.
[she carresses Scarabus' jaw]
Lenore Craven: And what was his price?
[referring to Dr. Bedloe]
Dr. Bedloe: Who, mine? A double value. Superior magical knowledge and through my death by lightning, freedom from overbearing women.
Lenore Craven: Well worth the cost of being turned into an insignificant bird.
Dr. Scarabus: To say nothing of luring Dr. Craven to me, don't forget that, my love.
Lenore Craven: I can't imagine why you want him here.
Dr. Scarabus: It's not Craven I want, it's his magic.
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'Olde Worlde' horror mixes laughs and chills
31 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

THE RAVEN

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Panavision)

Sound format: Mono

During the 15th century, an evil sorcerer (Boris Karloff) lures his arch rival (Vincent Price) to a lonely castle where they fight a magical duel to the death.

Handsomely mounted on some of the most lavish sets ever created for AIP's Poe series, THE RAVEN toplines Price, Karloff and Peter Lorre for the first time in their careers, alongside a very young Jack Nicholson (making the most of a juvenile supporting role). Richard Matheson's clever script turns the faux seriousness of earlier Poe pictures on its head, countering Price's overwrought histrionics with a series of rude rejoinders from Lorre, who relishes his role as a cowardly magician whose divided loyalties place everyone around him in danger. Price and Karloff are worthy adversaries, and their climactic duel is one of the most celebrated set-pieces in horror movie history, despite some fairly obvious trick-work. Floyd Crosby's expansive cinematography and Daniel Haller's 'olde worlde' art direction conspire to render a suitably Gothic atmosphere, though the movie derives most of its strength from the quality of its dialogue and performances. Directed by Roger Corman.


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