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The Raven (1963)

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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.

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Dr. Erasmus Craven
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Dr. Adolphus Bedlo
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Dr. Scarabus
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Lenore Craven
Olive Sturgess ...
Estelle Craven
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Rexford Bedlo
Connie Wallace ...
Maid
William Baskin ...
Grimes
Aaron Saxon ...
Gort
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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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The supreme adventure in terror! See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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25 January 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cuervo  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Peter Lorre and Jack Nicholson were fond of ad-libbing their lines, much to the annoyance of Boris Karloff, who was working from the script. See more »

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When Jack Nicholson's character climbs out of the window to go to Dr. Craven's room, he goes around a corner then a part of the ledge breaks away. Estelle screams as he's stumbling even though she cannot see around the corner. See more »

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[last lines]
Dr. Bedloe: [as the raven] Erasamus, now that Dr. Scarabus is out of the way we've got to make immediate plans for your assumption of the grand mastership. I'll glady act as your liaison so, so you won't be bothered having to present your case personally to the brotherhood. Later on I'll be happy to assume the post of super numeri secretary dispencer.
Dr. Craven: Dr. Bedloe.
Dr. Bedloe: [as the raven] Yes?
Dr. Craven: Do you really think such treachery can be so easily forgiven and forgotten?
Dr. Bedloe: [as the raven] Treachery! I saved all ...
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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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